The weekly movie series in Sun City West features four new releases throughout April.
April 4 – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Sadly, during the worldwide 1930s Great Slump the little house on Cherry Tree Lane and the grown-up siblings, Michael and Jane Banks, are facing hard times. However, against the backdrop of a terrible tragedy and imminent foreclosure once more, the beloved and nearly perfect nanny, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), descends from the skies to lend a hand. Along with the cheerfully resourceful lamplighter, Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), the Banks are about to embark on a magical adventure–and what is more exciting–they will even get to find happiness again. Is there anything that a dash of optimism can’t cure? Also starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters & Meryl Streep. (C) (2018) (2hr 10m) (PG).
April 11 – “Stan & Ollie”
Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s greatest comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. Even as the tour becomes a hit, Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel & Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative partnerships, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. Starring John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan & Shirley Henderson.(C) (2018) (1hr 37m) (PG).
April 18 – “A Dog’s Way Home”
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic, 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path. Starring Ashley Judd & Edward James Olmos. (C) (2019) (1hr 37m) (PG).
April 25 – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”
This documentary highlights the story of the beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. (C) (2018) (1hr 35m) (PG-13)
IF YOU GO
What: Thursday Night Movies
When: Doors open at 6 p.m., program starts at 7 (or when all seats are filled)
Where: Stardust Theatre, 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd.Cost: $2/person donation
Other: Hearing-assisted devices are available; please no food or drink in the theater