End Credits:
Pete’s Dragon

Plus Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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Breathing fiery new life into live action-animation crossover, Disney’s rebooted Pete’s Dragon is released this week. Orphaned and left alone in the woods after his parents’ fatal car crash, Pete finds Elliot, a 70ft furry fire breathing dragon that has more in common with an excited puppy than Daenerys’s unruly pets in Game of Thrones. Living happily alongside Elliot for six years Pete is eventually discov-ered by a Forest Ranger, but as the townspeople find out about the existence of the dragon, some plan to capture him. The original may not be as familiar as the other recent live action Disney reboots like Jungle Book or Cinderella, but in part that works in the movie’s favour, drawing fewer comparisons to something many hold so high and sentimental.

Loosely based on a true story, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follows two hard-partying brothers (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) who promise to find “re-spectable girls” to bring to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii. Smelling the chance for a free trip, Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) brush up their best homely routine in an effort to bag the guys. Once in Hawaii the girls are outed as worse slacker party animals than the brothers and chaos ensues, but eventually true love blossoms. Vulgar and cliched, it’s a disappointment to see what can be such an effortlessly funny cast try to force the humour out.

Mark Wheeler

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