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Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Octavia Spencer, Jahzir Bruno, Chris Rock, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci Running Time: 106 mins

When I first saw the trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ new adaptation of The Witches, I couldn’t contain my excitement and immediately sent it round to friends and family. This got reactions varying from lukewarm to stone faced because my loved ones all felt that no one could beat Anjelica Huston’s turn as the Grand High Witch from Nicolas Roeg’s version of The Witches released in 1990. I hadn’t seen that version and so I approached Zemeckis’ film unspoilt by the comparison. Unfortunately, I still didn’t love it!

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The BFG: Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Witton, Jemaine Clement Running time: 117 minutes


If you’re looking for a film to watch with your kids this summer that will keep them happy but won’t put you to sleep, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG is an excellent option. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship developing between precocious Sophie, an orphan in old-time Britain and the big, friendly Giant, a gentle-hearted deliver of dreams. The film is visually stunning, with rich colours and warm lighting which will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Spielberg has struck an excellent balance here of heart-warming moments between Sophie and the BFG versus the terrifying encounters with the cannibalistic giants who mercilessly bully the BFG. The BFG pulls at our heart strings from start to finish and that is the film’s greatest success as it isn’t easy to keep an audience emotionally engaged for such a long amount of time, especially children. That being said, unfortunately this film really is long and it would have benefited from a tighter edit and shorter runtime.

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