This weekend, Steven Spielberg reteams with E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison and Oscar-winning Bridge Of Spies actor Mark Rylance for an adaptation of The BFG, by cherished children’s author Roald Dahl. So why isn’t this a recipe for family-film bliss? On this pre-holiday episode of Film Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down on the A.V. Club set to discuss why Spielberg and Dahl are an imperfect match.

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