THE BFG (PG) ... ..Big fun: The BFG PRECOCIOUS orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is snatched from her bed at the witching hour by a hooded 24-feet tall figure, who introduces himself as the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and spirits her away to Giant Country. A tender and deeply touching friendship is forged between the girl and her kindhearted abductor, who is bullied by man-eating fellow giants Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement), Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Maidmasher (Olafur Darri Olafsson) and Manhugger (Adam Godley).
In order to rid Giant Country of these man-gobblers, Sophie hatches a hare-brained scheme to visit The Queen (Penelope Wilton).
Directed with verve by Steven Spielberg, The BFG is a visually arresting ride that gently tugs heartstrings in between rollicking set pieces.
STAR TREK BEYOND (12A) ... ..CAPTAIN James T Kirk (Chris Pine) is thinking of relinquishing the bridge of The Enterprise but keeps his plans secret from the rest of the crew including human-Vulcan science officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and chief engineer Scott (Simon Pegg).
Zachary Quinto While answering a distress call, Kirk and the team come under attack from cruel despot Krall (Idris Elba) and his swarming drones.
Pine, Quinto and co are solid in roles that lack dramatic meat and a flimsy plot resolves conflict with minimum blood, sweat and tears.
GHOSTBUSTERS (12A) ... ..High spirited: Ghostbusters ERIN GILBERT (Kristen Wiig) hopes to secure tenure at Columbia University, but her academic future is put in doubt when she's thrown together again with ghost -loving childhood friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). The two women, along with Erin's madcap protegee, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) are given a glimpse of the fight ahead when they witness a haunting at Aldridge Mansion, leading them to add reinforcements in the shape of subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
Ghostbusters harks back to the original film as McCarthy and Wiig rekindle their Bridemaids chemistry, backed by a self-mocking turn from Chris Hemsworth as their dippy secretary.
Big fun: The BFG
High spirited: Ghostbusters