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.
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
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Horror 2016 98 mins Director: Amat Escalante
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Comedy 2016 90 mins Director: Alex Taylor
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Fantasy 1988 89 mins Director: Harley Cokliss
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How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Fantasy 1989 94 mins Director: Bruce Robinson
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Children's 1984 58 mins Director: Jack Grossman
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Children's 1953 49 mins Director: Don Chaffey
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Children's 1965 55 mins Director: Jan Darnley-Smith
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The Belstone Fox
Drama 1973 103 mins Director: James Hill
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Tarka the Otter
Drama 1976 92 mins Director: David Cobham
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Friend or Foe
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Two evacuee boys from London sent to live on a farm face a tough decision when a German plane is shot down.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
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E.T. The Extra-terrestrial
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An Elephant Sitting Still
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Documentary 2018 96 mins Director: Steve Loveridge
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Postcards from London
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The Special World of Nigel Hunt
1967 27 mins Director: Ian Mcfarlane
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The Wild Pear Tree
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