Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall
The pitch: A giant, who is a runt in his world, makes friends with a little girl. The pair must work together to stop the mean giants who steal children and eat them.
The formula: Phone home for bits of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Scoop up bits of “James and the Giant Peach.” Politely finish it off with a touch of “Downton Abbey.”
Go see it: If you are a big fan of the writings of Roald Dahl.
Don’t go see it: If you think Spielberg movies are overly sentimental.
Real connection: Spielberg turned to Rylance to play the big friendly giant in “The BFG.” The pair previously worked on “Bridge of Spies” and will next work on “Ready Player One.”