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Kubo and the Two Strings is on its way to your home, and you’re going to want to mark your calendar.
The film impressed audiences, and sits at an 84 on metacritic, and 97% fresh at RottenTomatoes. The consensus has been that the film is such a wonderfully magical tale, and so beautifully put together, that it can’t really get too much attention.
This is definitely one to own, but if the movie weren’t enough, the release is loaded with special features, including several behind-the-scenes featurettes that explore the bizarre and fascinating world of putting together a stop-motion film.
Catch all the info below, and be sure to snag this one as soon as you can.
A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Laika’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The latest masterpiece from »
- Marc Eastman
A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Laika’s newest film, Kubo And The Two Strings The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls comes to Digital HD on November 8, 2016 and Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 22, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “an exquisite, beautiful film,” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood) Kubo and the Two Strings has captivated audiences of all ages, earning an extraordinary 97% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the year!
From acclaimed animation studio Laika comes an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar). Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) mesmerizes the »
- Tom Stockman
'Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.' That's the sage like wisdom dispensed by a new one sheet that just arrived today. The poster is celebrating Batman Day. And what better way to do that than with the Lego mini-fig of everyone's favorite billionaire turned caped crusader, the Dark Knight?
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, Lego Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure: The Lego Batman Movie.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Lego Batman Movie
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
The Lego Batman Movie is set for release on February 10th 2017 and sees Will Arnett joined in the voice cast by Michael Cera (Superbad) as Robin, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Batgirl, Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as The Joker, Ralph Fiennes (Spectre »
- Gary Collinson
In honor of Batman Day, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new teaser poster The Lego Batman Movie featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Mariah Carey.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
The Lego Batman Movie is set to hit theaters on February 10, 2017.
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- Kellvin Chavez
This charmingly lugubrious adaptation of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country stars Fiennes as a cerebral man who has fallen for a married woman
Characters drift like sad ghosts across the screen in this highly conventional, muted adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s 1872 stage play A Month in the Country. It takes time to grow on you, but for me, there is a demure watchability. Ralph Fiennes has mastered Russian dialogue for the leading role, one of wan and fastidious melancholy – the kind of performance, in fact, with which he used to be identified, before recent comic flourishes in A Bigger Splash and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The drama is soapishly full of the inter-generational romantic intrigue you expect from Turgenev. Fiennes is Mikhail, a gentle, cerebral man who has fallen hopelessly for a married woman: Natalya (Anna Astrakhantseva), who has in turn conceived a secret passion for Alexei (Nikita Volkov »
- Peter Bradshaw
MaryAnn’s quick take…
Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous fairy tale that’s scary, sweet, and full of tough emotions that kids’ movies often avoid. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous new fairy tale in stop-motion house Laika’s stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. In a fantasy ancient Japan, 11-year-old Kubo (the voice of Art Parkinson: San Andreas) earns a few coins to care for his ailing mother by telling epic tales in the village square: with the strum of his lute, he can send origami papers flying into the air and folding themselves to animate and illustrate his stories. But even more magic lurks inside Kubo, which his grandfather, the evil Moon King (the voice of Ralph Fiennes: Hail, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Relativity Media is launching R2 Entertainment, a new indie label aimed at fielding lower budgeted, platform releases.
The company has tapped Mark Kassen to serve as the arm’s co-president and hopes to release a slate of films with budgets under $15 million. The division will leave the mid-budget wide releases to Relativity, and will both buy finished films and produce them in-house. Relativity Motion Picture & Television Group President Dana Brunetti will join Kassen and an acquisitions team at this year’s Toronto Film Festival where they will be on the prowl for new product.
“We’re looking for strong character-driven stories with strong director voices,” said Kassen. “It’s the kind of things that I as a filmmaker like to make and that my fellow filmmakers like to make, but that are hard to make because the studio business has shifted.”
R2 hopes to be more than just an indie division. »
- Brent Lang
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds. Based on the 1969 French drama La piscine (The Swimming Pool »
- The Film Stage
Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016.
Directed by Travis Knight.
Living with his mother in peace, Kubo’s life is changed when he is tasked with finding the sword unbreakable, armor and helmet to defeat his sinister aunts and destructive grandfather. To assist, a monkey and beetle are on hand to help him.
There is something deeply poetic at the heart of Kubo and the Two Strings. Expertly, the themes of family, creativity and grief fold neatly together, akin to the origami creations that our hero, Kubo, is an expert in. Kubo and the Two Strings holds the intimacy of a Ghibli movie combined with the mesmerising textured Laika Studio stop-motion technique. Made by the creators of Coraline and The Boxtrolls, this is another hit for a studio that is forging a new path in animation. »
- Simon Columb
Kubo and the Two Strings fills a void I didn’t realize had grown in the movie landscape until I was watching it— it’s an earnest adventure movie for all ages without a trace of camp. There’s very little winking at the audience, there are no topical references, and the celebrity voice actors even try not to sound like themselves. It is refreshingly straight-laced and serious about the mythology in a way that seems lost sometimes even among supposedly serious films. It’s easy to get lost in the wonder of the story because everything is pushing you to do exactly that. I’ve scarcely been so happy to be lost in a film.
Kubo is like a fairy tale that you forgot. It combines a litany of familiar tropes like evil elders, a bumbling but noble sidekick, and the enduring magical power of parental love and combines »
- Arthur Tebbel
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced some of the Signature Programs for its 24th edition. Hiff announced a selection of films that will screen as part of the returning Conflict & Resolution and Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights programs. Hiff will also launch Air, Land, & Sea, a brand new section of the festival that focuses on global issues of environmental conservation, clean water, and the integrity of our planet’s natural resources, with an ocean-centric focus.
“Our Signature Programs help to elevate the content of the festival’s programming with films that continue to provide audiences with thought provoking material,” said David Nugent, Hiff Artistic Director. “Our hope with Air, Land, and Sea is for the festival to embrace the global discussion on environmental issues, and build »
- Kate Erbland
“‘2016 is a bad year for film’ is just another way of saying ‘I really blew it when I chose what films to watch in 2016,'” producer Keith Calder recently said. Taking this statement to heart, as summer winds down, there’s no shortage of writing about how the season was a disappointment overall — but, on the contrary, there have been gems throughout the last four months, and we’ve set out to name our favorites.
All of the below films received at least one-week theatrical runs in the United States from May to August, and while some are still in theaters, many are now currently available to stream. Check out our favorites below and let us know what you most enjoyed this summer. One can also see our fall preview series, which just kicked off this week, here.
Despite a loose script that justifies little, »
- The Film Stage
Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Steve McQueen will receive the British Film Institute’s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony Oct. 15 at London’s Banqueting House.
Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said: “He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work, both short- and long-form, has consistently explored the endurance of humanity — even when it is confronted by inhumane cruelty — with a poetry and visual style that he has made his own.”
McQueen commented: “I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honored.”
The BFI Fellowship is being awarded to McQueen “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture,” showcased in his range of artworks and three multi-award-winning features, »
- Leo Barraclough
Brick by brick, Warner Bros. is quietly constructing its universe of animated Lego movies. It’s a vision that can be traced back to the barnstorming success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s surprise hit, which amassed an eye-watering $469 million back in 2014.
That’s teed up a Ninjago spinoff and bona fide sequel to be released across 2017 and 2018, respectively, but not before Will Arnett’s irreverent Caped Crusader gets his time in the spotlight with February’s The Lego Batman Movie.
Hailing from Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on The Lego Movie two years ago, the director spoke with Empire recently regarding the upcoming offshoot, where he promised fans that Arnett’s solo outing will fully embrace the outlandish nature of the World’s Greatest Detective: “Just the idea of Batman is absurd. A guy who learns karate and dresses up at night to beat people up is ridiculous, »
- Michael Briers
Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What was the best film of summer 2016?
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Rolling Stone
Gosh, where to start! It’s been a banner summer if, like me, you enjoy submerging yourself in vast unending ocean of incomprehensible bullshit at the movies. There was “Suicide Squad,” which is to plot structure what the Elephant Man is to facial bone structure. Loved me some “X-Men: Apocalypse,” an epic battle between an uncomfortable-looking ensemble of interesting-to-talented actors and a script intent on turning them all into cardboard cutouts. “The Shallows” was fun in the way that completing the maze on the back of a cereal box is fun, »
- David Ehrlich
Chicago – In our short lives, what do we most need? It’s a hard question to answer sometimes, but the new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” does a memorable job of answering the query. The journey of Kubo, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” leads to a place where he needs to go.
I don’t want to compare “Kubo” to anything else, although it was done by the same animation house (Laika Entertainment) that gave us “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and succeeds by having a simple story akin to “Finding Dory.” But where it excels beyond all those examples is in a cumulative glory – it uses the simplicity of origami, Kabuki theater, the Samurai tradition and Japanese prints to establish a atmosphere that is sometimes stunning in its grace. While the character Kubo does have a typical good versus evil conundrum, the use of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With Kubo and the Two Strings, the CEO & President of Laika, Travis Knight, makes his feature directorial debut. Knight’s 3D stop-motion / CG hybrid follows a brave young hero named Kubo (Art Parkinson), as he goes on an epic quest to retrieve what’s needed to defeat Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Along for the samurai’s emotional […]
- Jack Giroux
Stop-motion animation studio Laika seems poised to have another critical hit on their hands with this week’s new opener “Kubo and the Two Strings,” but the vividly imagined fantasy has picked up some criticism in regards its casting. The film is set in ancient Japan, yet it features a voice cast that is dominated by Caucasian actors, from Art Parkinson as the eponymous Kubo to Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey as two of his unlikely animal pals. Other cast members include Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara, with smaller parts filled by George Takei and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
When asked about his potentially controversial casting by The Wrap, Laika president and first-time director Travis Knight, spoke candidly on the subject.
Read More: Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece
“I think people can take issue with any number of choices that we make,” Knight told the outlet. “I »
- Kate Erbland
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as »
- The Film Stage
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