Cinemark Tinseltown presents 'Mary Poppins' [Movies]

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Cinemark Tinseltown presents 'Mary Poppins' [Movies]

I believe in imagination. We live in a world saturated by media and technology and electronics, and while the benefits are certainly worthwhile, it's easy to feel that it comes at a cost of imaginary prowess. This is the age where the television is an appropriate babysitter – just plop the little suckers down in front of the screen and, voila, they are captivated for an hour or so. I have a three year old daughter, and she doesn't watch TV – it's something I'm very proud of as a parent. She reads books. She has Mommy and I read her stories, and some of the books have been read so much she has them memorized. And if she gets a new book? We witness our child make up her own story with her limited vocabulary. Imagination at work, exercised from birth. I get kind of a big head about this.

The point is that it is very important for imagination to be fostered as a child, and this is the message of the classic Disney film Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews stars as the title character, a nanny with magical inclinations who goes to work in the Banks household, caring for the children Jane and Michael. Mr. Banks is a stuffy businessman and Mrs. Banks is a society lady, and thus priorities often shy away from the children. Enter Mary Poppins, who leads the children on fantastic animated adventures full of song and dance – it's really quite trippy; classic Disney is often good for that, after all.

Cinemark Tinseltown presents two screenings of Mary Poppins today, at 2:00 and 7:00. Tinseltown is located at 4400 Towne Center Drive, in the Springhurst Shopping Center. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Tinseltown website.

Image: Internet Movie Database

About Allan Day
My "real" job is bartending, but I'm a writer and a filmmaker, owner of Monkey's Uncle Productions LLC. I am also a single father, avid reader of books, watcher of movies, and listener of music. My idols include Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman, Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, Thom Yorke, Jonsi, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace.
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