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Rated PG · 115 minutes · 2016

Adventure, Fantasy
A little orphan girl who has trouble sleeping befriends a giant whose job is to capture and distribute dreams, and he grants all of hers in short order. (The orphanage she lives in looks cozy, she always seems to get her way, and she has very few problems, so why does she need rescuing?) This sinister tale, adapted by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) from a 1982 children's book by Roald Dahl, ends with the Queen of England marshaling the military to banish a bunch of "bad" giants to a remote island. The extravagant expense of this Steven Spielberg production is evident in every frame, but no amount of money or technical trickery can make up for a story lacking any dramatic tension or a sympathetic protagonist. The most fantastical aspect here may be the Queen Mother having actual political or military power.
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer, Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Krieger and Michael Siegel
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader

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