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Ahelps the medicine go down, but it takes some­thing stronger to warm the chill dur­ing these long win­ter months. Cue Mary Pop­pins, who reap­pears from the clouds 54 years after she first dropped in on the Banks’ to teach them the value of fun, fam­ily and not tak­ing life so se­ri­ously. The prob­lem in Mary Pop­pins Re­turns is that life has grown se­ri­ous for the now adult Banks chil­dren – in par­tic­u­lar Michael, who’s in dan­ger of los­ing his fam­ily home. Pop­pins (Emily Blunt) de­liv­ers sage ad­vice, songs and a dose of su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious magic while Meryl Streep, 69, ar­rives as her odd­ball cousin, Topsy, and An­gela Lans­bury, 93, Julie Wal­ters, 68, and Colin Firth, 58, costar. Dick Van Dyke, who donned makeup to play el­derly bank direc­tor Mr. Dawes Sr. in the orig­i­nal film (he also starred as Bert, the chim­ney sweep) ap­pears as that char­ac­ter’s son Mr. Dawes Jr. here. The movie af­fords Van Dyke, the only star from the orig­i­nal to re­turn, a chance to show­case his im­pres­sive danc­ing chops ahead of his 93rd birth­day in De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, Olivia Cole­man, 44, who’ll play Queen El­iz­a­beth II in Sea­son 3 of The Crown, hones her royal eti­quette as Eng­land’s Queen Anne in The Favourite, about the 18th-cen­tury ri­valry be­tween the Duchess of Marl­bor­ough (Rachel Weisz, 48) and her younger cousin, Abi­gail Masham, for Her High­ness’s favour. But where would we be with­out such royal rum­bles among courtiers? After all, we need on­go­ing plot­lines for fu­ture sea­sons of The Crown. —MC

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