Review: Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)

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The studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman return with the magnificent Kubo And The Two Strings, their most ambitious stop-motion feature yet. Set in a fantastical Japan, young Kubo (Art Parkinson), troubled by his father’s mysterious death and mother’s illness, embarks upon a quest to locate a sacred suit of armour and defeat the powerful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes), aided by his magical shamisen and some helpful companions. Continue reading “Review: Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)”

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Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls

The stop-motion animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman ups the ante with their latest release The Boxtrolls, a deliciously dark, witty and visually inventive adventure-comedy of particularly high quality. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), a young orphaned boy, is forced to face reality when his cave-dwelling captors, otherwise known as the Boxtrolls, come under attack by Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a dastardly tyrant with big aspirations. Continue reading “Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)”

Review: ParaNorman (2012)

Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an outcast who harbours a unique ability: he can talk to the dead. The trouble is, no one besides his unusual friend Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) believes his claims. That is, however, until his alienated – and quite frankly bonkers – uncle, Mr Prenderghast (John Goodman), burdens him with the task of saving Blithe Hollow’s inhabitants from an age-old witch’s curse and the threat of being overrun by the undead. Norman, with the aid of some Continue reading “Review: ParaNorman (2012)”