Rogue One [AKA Rogue One: A Star Wars Story] (2016, dir. Gareth Edwards)

A small group of rebels try to steal the plans to the Death Star. Superior side mission from the Star Wars universe, answering a small plot question from the 1977 movie. By no means essential, but nevertheless rousing space opera fun, and lovingly designed.

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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.