What the Flick?! — The Boxtrolls

They’re trolls … in boxes. The painstaking stop-motion animation is impressive, but the overall tone of this family-friendly action comedy is rather grim and joyless. There’s a grotesquery to the characters and settings that can be darkly amusing at times but eventually feels smothering. We’re all kinda scattered on this one.

What the Flick?! — Maleficent

The evil fairy who cursed Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” gets an origin story, as so many iconic characters have in recent years. It’s a role that would seem to be tailor-made for the formidable talents of Angelina Jolie, and while she does look striking, she seems strangely hemmed in. I actually would have enjoyed seeing […]