Steven Spielberg’s lush, luminous fantasy takes its place as one of the great adaptations from Britain’s beloved children’s author, Roald Dahl. Acclaimed actor Mark Rylance (who won an Oscar for Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies) delivers an enchanting performance as the Big Friendly Giant who enlists the help of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) in his struggle against mean-spirited brethren: a gang of even bigger giants with malevolent plans.
Rylance’s wonderfully expressive performance, rendered using the latest motion-capture technology, brings a warm humanity to Dahl's fantastical creation, who speaks in a charming, gobbledygook language that comes across like a kind of weird West-Country patois. Spielberg is, of course, utterly at home in this milieu; a tale of strange creatures and heart-warming friendship scripted by his E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter, Melissa Mathison. Sadly this would be their final project together but result is a marvel of late Spielbergian craft; a beguiling family treat boasting a truly exceptional central performance.
Comedy 2018 97 mins Director: Gabriel Abrantes
Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, becomes embroiled in a genetic experiment and a conspiracy to leave the EU, in this joyful, postmodern political fantasy.
Death Becomes Her
Comedy 1992 103 mins Director: Robert Zemeckis
Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn face off in this hilariously dark supernatural comedy, a 90s classic.
The Wandering Jew
Fantasy 1934 102 mins Director: Maurice Elvey
After spitting on Christ on the way to crucifixion, a Jewish man is cursed with immortality
The Bespoke Overcoat
Fantasy 1955 38 mins Director: Jack Clayton
A clerk in a cold warehouse wants one of the warm sheepskin coats stacked around him.
Horror 2016 98 mins Director: Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.
Comedy 2016 90 mins Director: Alex Taylor
British teen cinema gets an injection of hallucinogenic imagination, plus a few unicorns and aliens, in Alex Taylor’s unclassifiable debut feature.
Fantasy 1951 87 mins Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.
Children's 1967 59 mins Director: Charles Frend
Schoolboy Tom Smith flies a man-powered flying machine to win a handsome prize.
Children's 1984 58 mins Director: Jack Grossman
Home taping almost kills music as a schoolboy band's dreams of talent show glory may be scuppered by video piracy.
Terry on the Fence
Children's 1985 70 mins Director: Frank Godwin
11-year-old Terry runs away from home and is drawn into a gang of bullies, in a gritty Children's Film Foundation drama.
Haunters of the Deep
Children's 1984 61 mins Director: Andrew Bogle
A ghostly boy returns from the grave to warn against reopening 'The Devil's Mine' in this spooky drama.
The Man from Nowhere
Children's 1976 59 mins Director: James Hill
Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.
Featuring Mark Rylance
Drama 1995 105 mins Director: Brothers Quay
Mark Rylance stars in the debut feature film from the Brothers Quay. A student at a peculiar school for servants gradually uncovers its secrets and, by extension, those of life itself.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Drama 2017 116 mins Director: Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed, gripping and timely drama about the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, featuring Tom Hanks and an Oscar-nominated performance from Meryl Streep.
A Kid for Two Farthings
Comedy 1954 90 mins Director: Carol Reed
The adventures of a young boy who buys a small goat in the belief that it’s a unicorn that will be able to grant the wishes of him and his friends.
Varda by Agnès
Biopic 2018 115 mins Director: Agnès Varda
In her final film, Agnès Varda offers a personal insight into her oeuvre, using excerpts from her work to illustrate her unique artistic visions and ideas.
The Wicker Man
Horror 1973 88 mins Director: Robin Hardy
Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward star in the folk horror classic about a policemen investigating an island given over to paganism.
Drama 1995 109 mins Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Koreeda’s first fiction feature is an exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness, uncertainty, and coming to terms with the past.
Drama 1998 119 mins Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Koreeda's lyrical fantasy challenges the viewer to reflect on the experiences that most make life worth living.
Drama 2008 115 mins Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Koreeda’s subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is his most Ozu-like film.