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A Monster Calls is a visually stunning and complicated tale of monster, but not the type of monster you are thinking.  In this fantastical, emotional drama by J.A. Bayonne monsters are representative of illness, nightmares, pain and bullying.

12-year old Conor (Lewis MacDougal) is barely dealing with more than most boys his age.  His Mom is ill and with his father thousand of miles away, Conor finds comfort when a monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom one night.  In fact, Conor, unconsciously summons the beast (made up from the tree that sits in a nearby graveyard) at 12:07 am every morning.


Based on the novel  (from a orginaal idea by Siobhan Dowd) and adapted for the screen both by  Patrick Ness, Conor takes us on a journey of courage, frustration, imagination and strength that ultimately makes this 12-year old grow up.

Faced with a tumultuous relationship with his salty, uptight grandmother (gloriously played by Sigourney Weaver), the two quickly realize that the “one” thing they have in common is Conor’s Mom (Felecity Jones).  By holding on tight to his Mom, Conor and his grandmother realize they can finally let go.  Letting go the anger, the angst and most of the fear of being left without her and how that will ultimately color their existence.

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As humans, we are complicated beasts at best,  however, we often forget that  it is not important what you think in life…it is only important what you do,

With a running time of 108 minutes, A Monster Calls has already garnered honors for Felicity Jones (British Artis of the Year) and Sigourney Weaver (Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award).

Released in selected theaters on December 23rd, it can be seen nationwide on January 6th.


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