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If Emily Blunt could give advice to her younger self just getting a SAG card, she would tell her younger version to not watch too many movies.

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In one of the morning's bigger surprises, SAG doubled up on its love for Emily Blunt, bestowing nominations for her lead performance in the Disney musical "Mary Poppins Returns" and for her supporting turn in the horror film "A Quiet Place." Clearly the guild has a special spot in its heart for Blunt — in 2016, she earned an ensemble nomination for the thriller "The Girl On the Train," which was seen as a rather out-of-left-field pick (she has yet to be nominated for an Oscar).

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Director John Krasinski's third feature, and by far his most accomplished, "A Quiet Place" is a pretty crafty small-scale thriller set a few years in the future, with minimal dialogue and maximal, human-eating monsters. The creatures' origin is never discussed or explained by way of the usual sheepish exposition about a meteor or some garden-variety bio-disaster. Produced by Michael Bay, the movie takes them for granted, and then goes about figuring a vanquishing plan. It's a survivalist's dream: living off the grid, close to the land, home-schooling the kids, no modern culture or digital distractions to corrupt anyone's wits. The prologue sets the stakes good and high. Mother Evelyn (top-billed Emily Blunt) has ventured into the decimated town with her husband, Lee (Krasinski, Blunt's husband in actual life) and their three children. A few minutes later, in a swift, violent flash, one is gone. I don't know if I'd call "A Quiet Place" enjoyable; it's more grueling than cathartic. But the upbeat, can-do shotgun-blasting climax gets the crowd going. 1:35. 2 1/2 stars. -- M.P.

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Adjusting to life in the spotlight has been quite a transition for Hollywood newcomer Millicent Simmonds. The 14-year-old deaf actress, who earned rave reviews for her breakout role in Todd Haynes' "Wonderstruck," said being away from her family in Utah has been one of the toughest challenges.

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There's more Miranda to come in 2017, including filming Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" with Emily Blunt (due out Christmas 2018) and an ambitious TV and film adaptation of the fantasy trilogy "The Kingkiller Chronicle."

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