A Monster Calls ★★★

An extremely faithful adaptation of the Patrick Ness young-readers' book about a young boy gradually losing his mother to cancer, and dealing with a gigantic, primal monster who arrives to tell him stories and demand one in return. I was a bit iffy on the book, but the way the film version (from JA Bayona, director of the spectacularly spooky film The Orphanage) brings out the emotion and power in the story is impressive.