Pete’s Dragon (PG): Do you believe in dragons? You certainly will by the conclusion of David Lowery’s charming fantasy adventure, which reworks the beloved 1977 Disney musical of the same title as a rip-roaring story of devotion between an orphaned boy and his mythical protector.
Dedicated to Anton Yelchin, who died in a freak accident in June, and Leonard Nimoy, the third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek is a familiar conflation of past and future present that fails to set its phasers to stun.
The film focuses on a really thin sliver of time in the mid sixties when Baker (Ethan Hawke) was trying to clean up his act and romance Jenny (Carmen Ejogo), his co-star in a never completed film about his life.
It’s been almost 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs’ muscular protector of the jungle swung into action on the big screen in the swaggering form of silent movie actor Elmo Lincoln but now the King of the swingers is heading back into the jungle.
One of David Bowie’s great gift was spotting trends and seeing the way the wind was blowing before anyone else, a facility he retained right up till his death at the beginning of January 2016, taking his leave of us at the start of a truly horrendous year.
Based around the eight or so hours that animals are left to their own, often chaotic devices, this eye-popping New York City-based animation comes from Illumination Entertainment, the creative group who brought Minions to life.