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Ferociously entertaining sci-fi shenanigan with Ben Kingsley as a scientist whose efforts to splice alien genetic matter with human DNA bring him a hybrid 'daughter' called Sil. Alas, it's bad news for mankind when Sil evolves into the seductive form of Natasha Henstridge, a sexually voracious being with the reproductive instincts of a female praying mantis. Professional exterminator Michael Madsen hooks up with scientists Marg Helgenberger and Alfred Molina to stop the carnal carnage. »
From Laika, the animation studio that gave us Coraline and ParaNorman, comes The Boxtrolls, a movie that’s been years in the making. Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, it tells the tale of a young orphaned boy who is raised by a group of underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls who identify themselves to each other with the cardboard boxes they were.
The boy is called Eggs by the trolls, and he becomes their link to the world above as time goes on. But things start looking bad for them when they are targeted by an evil and ambitious exterminator named Archibald Snatcher, who has spread false rumors around town that these creatures are evil and need to be removed. It is up to Eggs and his newfound human friend Winnie Portley-Rind to stop Snatcher from rendering his troll family extinct.
The press day for The Boxtrolls »
- Ben Kenber
Fox offered a peek at its “Exodus: Gods and Kings” for the media at the Zanuck Theater, where Christian Bale told the audience it’s very different from previous versions of the tale. “You can’t out-Heston Charlton Heston,” he deadpanned, adding that the Moses here is “a troubled and tumultuous man.”
The preview consisted of eight scenes from the film, adding up to 37 minutes. Producer Jenno Topping provided context between the scenes, and while she emphasized the complexity of Moses, the biggest take-away was the complexity of the production.
Judging by the footage, the Ridley Scott-helmed epic falls into the “they don’t make em like that anymore” category, with big battle scenes and aerial panoramas of ancient cities, rustic settlements and military camps, all rendered in 3D CGI glory. And the footage really shifted into high gear with the depiction of four of the 10 plagues. (Spoiler alert: The locusts steal the show. »
- Tim Gray
When Christian Bale first talked with director Ridley Scott about playing the role of Moses in Scott's “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” he went home and rented a movie to get him in the right mood. It wasn't “The 10 Commandments,” in which Charlton Heston played the part, or “Moses,” the 1995 TV movie starring Ben Kingsley in the title role. Instead, it was “Life of Brian,” Monty Python's seriously twisted take on Biblical movies through the story of a hapless would-be messiah and his misguided followers. “It was the very first film I rented while still trying to get my head wrapped. »
- Steve Pond
Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 26-28th September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!
The movies discussed are The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), The Boxtrolls (Simon Pegg), The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…
If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.
Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…
…Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked »
- Oliver Davis
This week on The Collision, we talk about Laika's newest film, The Boxtrolls. We discuss what makes the movie unique, its strengths and weaknesses, why Sir Ben Kingsley is great, and more. We also take a look at Laika, and how they've differentiated themselves from other animation studios beyond using stop-motion animation as opposed to CGI. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Maze Runner"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: Saturday Night Matt's Recommendation: Alice
The post The Collision: Episode 105 – The Boxtrolls and Laika appeared first on Collider. »
- Matt Goldberg
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
A case of mistaken identity traps luckless Slevin (Josh Hartnett) between rival New York crimelords The Boss (Morgan Freeman) and The Rabbi (Ben, sorry, Sir Ben Kingsley). They both believe he owes them money, but with bodies piling up and Slevin's corner becoming tighter, nobody seems to care who he says he is. With a strong flavour of Tarantino, a dash of Lock, Stockery and a sprinkling of Usual Suspects, this juicy thriller is served bloodily rare and comes with a glaze of chargrilled humour. »
The last weekend of September was a good one for Denzel Washington as he reunited with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for a new take on the '80s show The Equalizer (Sony), co-starring Chloe Moretz and Marton Csokas, which opened with a solid $35 million in 3,236 theaters. It averaged more than $10,000 per location and is the third biggest opening in Washington's career following 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House. Laika Studio's stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls (Focus Features), featuring the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright and more, opened with an estimate of $17.3 million in 3,464 theaters (about $5,000 per location) while also taking in $17.7 million overseas in ??? territories for a first weekend total of $34.9 million. »
Lots of high fives at the Sony offices today, as their don’t-mess-with-Denzel-Washington revenge flick The Equalizer walked away with a $35 million opening. “We’re really, really happy, but we were very bullish on the movie,” says Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution. “It’s a film that we all love and it just delivers in a big way. Denzel couldn’t be more terrific in the role – you can’t take your eyes off this guy.” The movie’s success—director Antoine Fuqua’s best opening to date, Washington’s third best—is a testament to audience »
- Karen Valby
That figure gave it a comfortable lead over the weekend’s other new wide release, Focus Features’ “The Boxtrolls,” which earned $17.2 million across 3,464 locations, and last week’s champ, “The Maze Runner,” which snagged $17.5 million in its sophomore frame. The young adult thriller has earned $58 million after two weeks in theaters.
“The Equalizer,” a gory story of a former special ops agent going toe to toe with the Russian mob, proved to be equally appealing to both genders, with 48% of the opening crowd comprised of females. It also skewed older, with 35% of the opening weekend crowd made up of people under the age of 30. Domestically, the film picked up $3.3 million on 352 IMAX screens, a record September debut for the big screen company.
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- Brent Lang
Title: The Boxtrolls Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi Screenwriters: Irene Brignull, Adam Pava Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Nick Rost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg Animation fans have been keeping their eyes on Laika Entertainment, the stop motion studio that’s so far created two incredibly entertaining films that viewers quickly grew to love. Their visual style and sweet stories continually lure audiences into theaters with their charming tales, but there are some who wonder if ‘The Boxtrolls’ is a worthy addition to their ever-growing filmography. It not only stands by to the continual themes of family and unique personalities, but still contains that [ Read More ]
The post The Boxtrolls Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Melissa Molina
Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls. Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley). For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. They talked about the technical challenges making The Boxtrolls, how the crew from Paranorman and Coraline never disbanded, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – Monty Python, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Mr. Bean, Alan Partridge – all are examples of British comedy, that off-kilter “are you in on the joke?” point of view. That comic tone has arrived in an animated film, within the stop motion world of “The Boxtrolls.”
From the same studio that brought the twisted entertainments of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – Laika Entertainment – “The Boxtrolls” continue their comic tradition of subtle jabs and visual humor. Full of scenic invention, it paints their characters in the film with traits that are neither good nor bad, they just have a weird sense of a different mentality. The story also celebrates the notion of being yourself, despite any background circumstances, and staying away from greed and false terror and idolatry. Take that, “Frozen”!
Based on the British storybook, “Here Be Monsters!” the story centers on a boy named Eggs (voice of Isaac Hemstead-Wright »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Veteran actor Sir Ben Kingsley brings to life Archibald Snatcher, the evil terminator in Laika’s entertaining 3D stop-motion animated fantasy adventure, “The Boxtrolls,” opening September 26th. The scheming social climber is obsessed with becoming a member of Cheesebridge’s elite ruling club of White Hats. To gain admittance, he convinces the townspeople that the mischievous Boxtrolls […]
- Sheila Roberts
Kingsley stars in the 3D stop-motion animated film, which tells the tale of Eggs, an orphaned boy raised in a cave by trash-scavenging trolls known as the Boxtrolls. Kingsley stars as the antagonist, exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who seeks to get rid of the trolls once and for all.
EW enlisted the film’s villain to pitch Boxtrolls to a variety of audiences, ranging from a 25-year-old waitress in Kansas to hotshot Nascar drivers and Kingsley does so, with the eloquence »
- Teresa Jue
Laika Studios’ The Boxtrolls opens today, and it looks really really charming with a little side dish of creepy. Sir Ben Kingsley voices the film’s villain, The Snatcher, and he recently spoke to reporters about what drew him to the role, and he has some kind of harsh words for other so-called family films.
I haven’t done much of this before. I was sent the most beautiful script which rang true. It rang true from the honest starting point for a family film, which I think is a very bold, very mature move. Orphans. They go through a struggle. They fight some very dark forces, and they achieve their own light, their own friendship, and their own future. To present this as a family film is very refreshing. I’m sorry to say that I think family films often wipe off the top two generations of the family and say, »
- Mily Dunbar
While The Boxtrolls doesn’t represent the studio’s best work, it’s nonetheless another visually-inventive, witty, and energetic fairy tale adventure to add to Laika’s mantlepiece.
The Boxtrolls takes place in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town where the wealthy and upper-class members of society devote much of their time to sampling the finest in stinky cheeses. When a human baby is said to have been kidnapped by the Boxtrolls – mysterious creatures that roam the streets of Cheesbridge only at night – the pest exterminator, Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), agrees to eradicate these “monsters”, in exchange for his induction into the most elite faction of Cheesebridge society (a.k.a. the White Hats).
The missing human infant, however, is really an orphaned boy, who is named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and cared for by the Boxtrolls – oddball creatures that reside in an underground cavern, dress in recycled ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Release Date: September 26, 2014
Plot: Underground inventors known as boxtrolls are wrongfully feared by a town that loves cheese.
Who’S It For? Those who like inventive, ambitious films.
As computer animation becomes keyboard-mashing wizardry that awes with the amount of hair follicles but remains a mystery to the public eye, stop-motion like in The Boxtrolls provides a wholly different wonder, that of watching an entire set of figures come to life through precision and extreme dedication. The work of Laika Animation Studios, as reminded in The Boxtrolls, provides filmgoers quite a visual treat for those looking to witness marvelous handmade ambition.
The Boxtrolls are short inventive creatures who scour in the night and fix things within the town of Cheesebridge, whilst, indeed, wearing boxes. They »
- Nick Allen
Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls. Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley). For more on the film, read Matt's review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley. He talked about how they made The Boxtrolls, how much he knew about stop-motion prior to getting involved and what surprised him about the process, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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