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.

Pompeii

Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content. Running time: 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four Is it wrong to root for the volcano? Mount Vesuvius is the most interesting and expressive character of all in “Pompeii,” a mind-numbingly dull and unintentionally hilarious sword-and-sandal epic/disaster […]