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Simon Morris finds himself uncomfortably siding with the public rather than the critics this week - has he succumbed to cinematic Stockholm Syndrome?   He reviews the sentimental remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, and the film based on a very literary New Zealand novel, The Rehearsal.  And he joins the kids at the popular Secret Life of Pets.

Featured this week – Pete’s Dragon, featuring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and a Weta-created dragon called Elliot.

The Rehearsal, based on Eleanor Catton’s novel, is about a young would-be actor. Directed by Alison Maclean and starring James (Boy) Rolleston.

And The Secret Life of Pets is an animated story for young and old, featuring the voices of comedians Louis CK, Kevin Hart and Lake Bell.