Filmweek: 'The Boxtrolls,' 'The Equalizer,' 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including “The Boxtrolls,” “The Equalizer,” “Jimi: All Is By My Side” and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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