Wall-E (2008, dir. Andrew Stanton)

A beat-up robot falls in love with a sleek new model. Superior SF comedy/romance from Pixar; the last hour is knockabout fun with an environmental/healthy living message, but the first 30 minutes is a sublime silent (apart from music from Hello, Dolly! of all things) movie of its own.

A Monster Calls (2016, dir. J. A. Bayona)

A creature is summoned to challenge a boy whose mother is dying. Splendid dark fantasy, equal parts The BFG/ET and something more akin to Pan’s Labyrinth, which pulls out all the emotional and VFX stops in its ultimately uplifting tale about the power of stories and truths.

Sing (2016, dir. Garth Jennings)

A hapless theatre owner tries one last time to save his dreams. Its hoary premise aside, and some charmless character design notwithstanding, this is a chirpy jukebox musical hitting all the right feelgood notes, with a handful of quality jokes.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017, dir. David Soren)

Based on the books by Dav Pilkey, this is a fun big screen debut for the eponymous captain. Superbly animated and never less than entertaining, there is much fun to be had here, even if it is based on a series of jokes about bodily functions. Parp.

Storks (2016, dir. Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland)

A corporate stork and a young woman have to deliver a baby. Though intermittently hilarious (the wolves are good, and there are some beautifully random jokes) this is an odd beast with a complicated set-up that has little inner logic. The usual heartwarming lessons learned, though.

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Moana (2016, dir. Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams)

A Polynesian clan-leader’s daughter escapes her island home to prevent a terrible prophecy. Supremely confident quest narrative; a focused and involving animation with huge attention to story, action, and character detail. Recommended.