This year so far had the usual sequels and reboots, but this is one of the few more original films that I'd already consider one of the year's best. Filmed by Laika studios, which makes what I'd call "next-gen stop-motion animation" for its dark and unusual films, it follows the boy named Kubo from a small village, telling stories to locals through his guitar and magic origami and has to come home before dark as evil spirits come. When that occurs, Kubo joins forces with a monkey and a beetle to recover his father's samurai armor.
It's a true work of art as it combines manipulated figures and CGI elements into something with a real story to tell. As long as your kids don't fall asleep in the middle of this movie, it serves as entertainment for the last days of summer. A