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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

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THE story of a boy who’s no tra­di­tional war­rior, “Kubo and the Two Strings” be­gins with baby Kubo and his mother wash­ing up on shore. The jour­ney leaves Kubo’s mother fee­ble; years later, Kubo (Art Parkin­son) is largely car­ing for her. The story he tells at the mar­ket, of an evil Moon King, come from his mother’s mur­mur­ings, yet he un­der­stands his past only vaguely.

But, by stay­ing out past dark, Kubo ac­ci­den­tally sum­mons spir­its from their past, un­leash­ing his spooky twin aunts (both voiced by Rooney Mara) and later the Moon King (Ralph Fi­ennes), him­self. Kubo flees his vil­lage, but soon is joined by an un­usual pair.

Mon­key (Char­l­ize Theron) is his solemn guide, a furry sage who ma­te­ri­al­izes overnight from a small wooden mon­key charm. The other is Bee­tle (Matthew McConaughey), a part in­sect, part hu­man war­rior who pledges to de­fend Kubo. As Kubo un­folds both his mys­te­ri­ous past and his destiny, they of­fer guid­ance along the way.

(AP)

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