Kubo (Art Parkinson)and Monkey (Charlize Theron) in a scene from "Kubo and the Two Strings."
Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP
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Early in "Kubo and the Two Strings," our hero meekly strides into an ancient Japanese village marketplace the way Toshiro Mifune might have entered a Kurosawa film, but with greater bustle.It's the most ambitious and bright of the dependably lively, often dark and sometimes quite gorgeous string of curiosities from Laika, whose gothic and offbeat creations ("The Boxtrolls," etc).That "Kubo" is about how stories bind people and families together is clear enough from the tale itself, but the word "story" runs amok, breaking the movie's spell.Still, the handcrafted textures and wry self-awareness of "Kubo and the Two Strings" make Knight's film resolutely its own tale, one that folds into its own exotic shape.
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