In this stop-motion kids’ flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace & Gromit — even the trolls groan at a giant cheese named the Briehemoth — and never sinks its teeth into the twisted fantasy of its premise. But voicing the putrid villain Archibald Snatcher (who’s modeled as either a tribute or an insult to actor Timothy Spall), Ben Kingsley gives the funniest performance of his career. B-
THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film (LAIKA)
Genre: Animation; Starring: Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley; Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi; Release Date Wide: 09/26/2014; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Focus Features
Posted October 3 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
- James Bay looks back on his stellar debut year
- 'Star Wars'-themed movie theater set to open
- Holland Taylor opens up about relationship with younger woman
- J.J. Abrams on the making of the #Force4Ham sequence
- Read the heartwarming story behind one of the new droids in 'Star Wars'
- Bono on U2's return to Paris: 'Nothing will stop us from going back'