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The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls | THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film

THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film (LAIKA)

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The Boxtrolls

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

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-

Originally posted October 3 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT

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