A Monster Calls in cinemas this week

6th January, 2017

New in cinemas for the first week of 2017 is A Monster Calls, a touching fantasy drama about a young boy named Conor, whose troubled life is alleviated by visitations from a tree-shaped monster. While initially scary, it soon becomes clear that the monster might just be Conor's salvation...

Also released is Martin Scorcese's epic new drama, Silence, in which two priests travel to 17th Century Japan to search for their friend - despite the fact Catholosism is outlawed there. Rounding out the new year releases are video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, which sees Michael Fassbender taking on the role of an ancient assassin, and Monster Trucks, in which a young teen's dream of driving a monster truck is helped along by a distinctly alien ally.

Whichever you see, be sure to leave us your first reviews of 2017!

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls 12A (11+)

Duration: 108mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)J.A. Bayona
CastLiam NeesonSigourney WeaverFelicity JonesToby KebbellLewis Macdougal

Conor O’Malley lives with his mum in a house by the cemetery, where they are watched over by an ancient yew tree. Conor has been suffering recurrent nightmares, tied up with his fear of losing his mother who is suffering from cancer, and as a result Conor is tired, angry and withdrawn. Bullied at school and trying to be strong for his mum at home, Conor is worn out from trying to keep it together, and afraid of what the passing of time will bring. When one night the yew tree from the cemetery speaks to him, he isn’t sure whether his mind is playing tricks, or whether he has finally found someone he can talk to without having to put up a brave front.

Find out more about A Monster Calls and how storytelling and films can be used to help people cope with difficult issues and overcome anxiety in our latest blog

Our reporter Billy sat down with the talent behind A Monster Calls, including Liam Neeson (who voices the monster), young actor Lewis MacDougall, director J.A. Bayona and writer of both the film and the book it was based on, Patrick Ness.

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SilenceSilence 15 (16+)

Duration: 161mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Martin Scorsese
CastAndrew GarfieldAdam DriverLiam NeesonCiaran HindsTadanobu AsanoNana Komatsu

In 17th century Portugal, two Jesuit priests are shocked to hear news that their mentor has apostasised (renounced his faith) whilst travelling in Japan, a country where Catholicism was outlawed and existed only as an underground movement. Travelling there in an attempt to discover what happened and to spread the Gospel, the two men find their own faith severely tested, as they encounter appalling persecution and acts of violent torture from a group abhorring their beliefs. An intensely personal, spiritual film from director Martin Scorsese that interrogates the meaning of faith in profound, serious fashion, with themes that resonate across the modern world.

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Assassin's CreedAssassin's Creed 12A (14+)

Duration: 115mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Justin Kurzel
CastMichael FassbenderMarion CotillardJeremy IronsBrendan GleesonEssie DavisMichael Kenneth Williams

Criminal Cal Lynch is rescued from execution by members of an organisation called the Templar Order. Believing Cal’s ancestor is Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition and an enemy of the Templar Order, they force Cal into a Virtual Reality world where he must become an Assassin in order to leak them information. Based on a well-known video game series, this is an action-packed fantasy adventure immersed in world of secret societies, an oppressive government and radicals in search of free will.

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Monster TrucksMonster Trucks PG (7+)

Duration: 105mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Chris Wedge
CastDanny GloverRob LoweHolt McCallanyThomas LennonLucas TillJane LevySamara WeavingAliyah O'Brien

Unhappy with his life, Tripp is a high-schooler desperate to leave his hometown behind, willing to do whatever it takes. He decides to build a Monster Truck, using his skills to construct it from pieces of scrap metal. However, an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site leads Tripp into the presence of a strange, alien-like creature who has talents of his own. Blessed with speed, the creature – nicknamed Creech – becomes an unlikely companion for Tripp and may just be the solution to his problems.

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