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'Saving Mr. Banks' garners mainly positive reviews (+video)

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“Saving Mr. Banks,” the film based on the life of “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers and the making of the “Mary Poppins” movie, hits theaters on Dec. 13 and is already earning mainly positive reviews.

“Saving Mr. Banks” stars “Brave” actress Emma Thompson as Travers, while “Captain Phillips” actor Tom Hanks portrays Walt Disney, Colin Farrell of “Total Recall” plays Travers’ father, and actors B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman play the Sherman Brothers, who were behind the score of “Mary Poppins.” It will be released in limited locations on Dec. 13 and enter wide release on Dec. 20. (Check back for our own review on Friday.) Oscar pundits have been pointing to the film as a possible contender for major awards like Best Picture, Best Actress (Thompson), and Best Actor (Hanks).

Variety writer Scott Foundas called the movie “a bit square, never particularly surprising, yet very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention” and found Thompson “superb” and Farrell “excellent.”

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