Creativity and craftsmanship reign in animated ‘Boxtrolls’

As animated films become more slick and commercial-looking — as CGI takes over not only backgrounds and motion but also character construction and whole projects — stop-motion only gets more charming and valuable. Richly textured, with a distinctly organic feel and the unmistakable stamp of handmade craft, the “The Boxtrolls”
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Thatcher-era activism reigns in ‘Pride’

Physical sensations will overwhelm you when you watch Matthew Warchus’ film “Pride.” Shivers will travel up your spine, your face will swell with blood and your eyes will become laminated with — wait, are those tears in your cynical eyes? Inspired by an incredible true story, “Pride” will physically affect
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‘Starred Up’ packs a punch

Despite the flashy title, being “Starred Up” is anything but glitzy for main character Eric Love (Jack O’Connell, “Unbroken”). In this horrifyingly authentic prison drama, director David Mackenzie paints a tragic picture of a young life behind bars, all while keeping his audience as captive as his volatile protagonist. Part
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Dakota Fanning’s latest flaccidly flops

For as long as there have been Hollywood stars, there have been sex scandals featuring their famous faces and legendary bodies. Long before notable nudes were stolen from the phones of the hapless and desired, actors and actresses got into trouble in other, less high-tech ways. Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling
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