A Monster Calls is the latest feature from J.A. Bayona, who is better known for The Orphanage and The Impossible. The film follows Connor, a young boy who is trying to deal with the fact that his mother’s disease is terminal. Caught between his strict grandmother and outsider father, Connor has nowhere to turn to. One stormy night, Connor is visited by an enormous, tree-shaped monster (voiced by Liam Neeson), who tells him three stories in return for one that Connor would tell him back. A moving, warm, and engaging film with a spectacular visual quality, A Monster Calls tells a heartrending story of growing up and the mysteries of childhood.