THE BOXTROLLS
2014, Focus Features, 96 min, USA, Dir: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Much like stop-motion animation studio LAIKA’s previous CORALINE, this adaptation of British children’s author Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters! brightens an occasionally dark story with truly magical visuals. Orphaned boy Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) lives below the town of Cheesebridge with subterranean scavengers the Boxtrolls - who have been targeted for extermination by the evil Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley). Featuring the voices of Elle Fanning, Jared Harris and Tracy Morgan.


SUPER 8
2011, Paramount, 112 min, USA, Dir: J.J. Abrams

It is summer 1979, and middle-schooler Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his group of friends in small-town Ohio are shooting a Super 8 film when they witness a catastrophic train crash. The pre-teens suspect the crash may not have been an accident when unusual disappearances and unsettling events begin to beset the town, and Joe’s father, local Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), initiates a mission to uncover the truth. STAND BY ME meets Spielbergian sci-fi action in this coming-of-age gem from director J.J. Abrams (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, STAR TREK). With Elle Fanning.


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