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A Monster Calls Between ghost story The Orphanage and tsunami disaster follow-up The Impossible, director Juan Antonio Bayona’s developed a unique niche for heartwrenching grief dramas. So it’s unsurprising to hear his adaptation of best-selling weep-fest novel A Monster Calls is equally as emotionally powerful. The tale of a teenager who seeks support from a giant tree monster while struggling to cope with his mother’s terminal illness is bolstered by a stellar cast (Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson), otherworldly VFX and a darker, more complex take on a story you’ve seen before.

Life Animated Diehard Disney fan or not, it’s hard to deny the wonderment and joy the studio has brought to millions of children – and adults – throughout the years. It’s a reminder that hits you right in the feels with this beautiful, heartwarming documentary about a family devastated by the diagnosis that their toddler Owen suffers from crippling autism – and then the fascinating way in which Disney animated movies helped Owen discover not only himself, but the world around him. Throw in a couple of grin-widening Disney cameos, and you’ve got the feel-good documentary of the year.

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