While dealing with his mother’s terminal illness, 12 year old Conor O’Malley is bullied at school and sent to live with his less than sympathetic grandmother. Struggling to cope he is visited and helped by a giant tree monster in a dark and emotional film about childhood grief which sometimes boarders predictable sentimentality but somehow manages to remain original. A Monster Calls great performances throughout the cast help the narrative, but it falls on a strange target audience – too mature for a traditional fairytale fantasy kids movie and too child orientated for adults.
Zero Days is a new documentary on the Stuxnet virus, a malicious worm believed to have been developed as a cyber weapon. Unlike your regular computer viruses, which may steal information or allow for malicious use against home users, stuxnet was designed to go after the software that controls lab equipment, factories, machinery and anything else we use for modern infrastructure. Its discovery and unique target caused some to believe it was a government developed cyber weapon or a terrorist attack, but with no-one taking credit and a lot of information classified its origin is still unknown. Zero Days tries to uncover the mystery but with many no comment interviews the documentary never gets past slightly alarmist theoretical accusations.