JIM SCHEMBRI: The Boxtrolls is the third stop-motion animated film to come from Laika, a non-Hollywood, independent studio based in Portland, Oregon.
INTERVIEW: At 70, Sir Ben Kingsley is one of cinema's most accomplished and revered actors. Here he speaks to Jim Schembri ahead of the release of The Boxtrolls.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The comedy mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows shows the everyday lives of four vampires who share a house in downtown Wellington, New Zealand.
CHEAT SHEET: The end of Iron Man, crowds love bad weather and Denzel saddles up for Seven remake.
FILMS:: This week Jim Schembri reviews Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Giver; Night Moves; Step Up: All In; and The Immigrant.
JIM SCHEMBRI: To some cineastes, American Hollywood producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form represent the lowest form of mainstream movie culture.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The fifth film in the ridiculously successful Pirates of the Carribean franchise, slugged Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to be shot in Queensland.
JIM SCHEMBRI: New release films this week are: Boyhood; What we do in the shadows; Into the storm; The grandmaster; and The reckoning.
JIM SCHEMBRI: In the remarkable new film Boyhood, director Richard Linklater got his cast to commit to a shooting schedule that stretched over 12 years.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Here's news that suggests Catholicism is now transforming into an action franchise.
JIM SCHEMBRI: An outstanding, tautly directed, superbly acted that again proves, as did Animal Kingdom, that Australian filmmakers have a distinctive knack for quality crime dramas.
WATCH: What happens when a very bad thing happens to a very good cop - and it's his fault?
CHEAT SHEET: Expendables 3 struggles at the box office, Helen Mirren romantic charmer The Hundred-Foot Journey impresses and Chinese films test on-screen text-a-longs.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Latest movie reviews including The Inbetweeners 2, The Hundred-Foot Journey and more...
WATCH: Though the British TV high-school sitcom The Inbetweeners only aired for three seasons between 2008 and 2010 its portrait of life as seen by four bottom-feeding friends quickly became hugely popular.
MIFF: Alas, the Melbourne International Film Festival is in its final weekend, yet there are still plenty of choice offerings to be enjoyed. Here's a selection of the best.
CHEAT SHEET: Screen great Lauren Bacall dies, David Brent to continue fame quest, plus Quixote and vampires. This cheat sheet has it all.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Eddie Martin's remarkable documentary All This Mayhem charts the rapid rise and tragic fall of two champion skateboarders, Ben and Tas Pappas.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Knowing precisely who his audience is and how best to please them, Sylvester Stallone and his gang of gung-ho geriatrics are back with even more firepower and even more story than they had the last time around.
RIP:The suicide of Robin Williams has left the world reeling. In 2011 Jim Schembri interviewed Robin Williams, then aged 60, newly married and was rejuvenated after heart surgery.
MOVIE NEWS: Riding high from the global success of Gravity, Sandra Bullock has landed gently atop the annual Forbes list of the world's richest female actors.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Our resident movie guru reviews the latest flicks: Guardians of the galaxy, These final hours, And so it goes.
MOVIE NEWS: Weeks before its global release, some insider shyster has purloined a pristine copy of Sylvester Stallone's star-studded Expendables 3 and uploaded it for all to see.
FILM: The Melbourne International Film Festival is under way. Here's a quick pick of some quality offerings.
VIDEO: In what is likely to be one of the hot-button films at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, the remarkable Australian documentary The Animal Condition dares to inject reason and balance into the heated, polarising issue of animal welfare on farms.
FILMS: This week Jim Schembri takes a look at A Most Wanted Man, Lucy, The Selfish Giant, The Keeper of Lost Causes and Some Velvet Morning.
WATCH: When filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven her Polish mother put her in an Adelaide orphanage for two years. This lead to a deeply held resentment that lasted a long time, though - luckily - not a life time.
MOVIE NEWS: Director Mark Romanek is lacing up to preside over Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror flick The Shining.
INTERVIEW: In Reaching for the Moon Miranda Otto plays Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop, who in the 1950s moved to Rio de Janiero to live with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
MOVIE NEWS: Ron Howard is preparing to make a Beatles documentary charting their touring life from the Cavern to their final gig in San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.
WATCH: In his latest film Words and Pictures, veteran Australian director Fred Schepisi proves how, at 74, his storytelling powers, passion for romance and love of character are as strong as ever.
REVIEWS: Today, Jim Schembri takes a look at Charlie's Country, Words and Pictures, Sex Tape, Venus in Fur and All This Mayhem.
INTERVIEW: The reason why prolific local filmmaker Rolf de Heer made Charlie's Country is simple: he needed to help his friend, the iconic indigenous actor David Gulpilil.
JIM SCHEMBRI: With everything else going on in this crazy world right now we can all, at least, look forward to the big-screen version of the mega-hit 1990s TV series Baywatch.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Very fast, funny and fresh French comedy about a happily divorced couple who are forced to take a road trip to Greece when the connecting flight to their daughter's wedding is cancelled due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010.
REVIEW: The latest installment in the new-fashioned Planet of the Apes franchise is an absolute, hands-down knock-out.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Veteran director Roman Polanski is hot to start production on his new film in his homeland of Poland.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The one question you keep asking yourself as you endure the flat, dry, soulless adaptation of the hit stage musical Jersey Boys is: "where the heck is Clint Eastwood?"
JIM SCHEMBRI: In John Michael McDonagh's dark comedy Calvary, a childhood victim of a pedophile priest calmly tells an innocent priest that, as an act of belated revenge, he will murder him in one week.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Nobody could argue that he didn't have a great innings. Still it was immensly sad to hear of the passing of the great character actor Eli Wallach at the epic age of 98.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The sheer scale of Transformers 4 - or Transformers 5, if you count Noah - reminds us that there is never anything wrong or bad or dumb or just plain stupid about a Michael Bay film
VIDEO: Jim Schembri interviews Gracie Otto ahead of her feature-length debut 'The Last Impresario'.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The absorbing suspense drama The Two Faces of January reminds us of just how few mystery and suspense films there are at the multiplex these days. So, where have all the mysteries gone?
JIM SCHEMBRI: While working away on the new Star Wars film, Harrison Ford, who is returning in his original role as Han Solo, suffered a banged ankle when the door of Solo's space freighter, The Millennium Falcon, slammed down on his tootsie.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Despite the huge success of the first film, the good folk at Dreamworks were somehow paranoid about kids getting restless and their parents nodding off during the follow up.
WATCH: For more than 20 years A-list screenwriter Hossein Amini has wanted to bring Patricia Highsmith's 1964 mystery thriller The Two Faces of January to the screen.
Cheat Sheet: British comedian Rik Mayall has unexpectedly passed away, age 56. While in Japan, a heretofore successful marriage has hit the bricks thanks to a disagreement over Disney's mega-hit animated film Frozen.
REVIEWS: Jim Schembri reviews The Rover, Good Vibrations and Blended.
INTERVIEW: In his latest film The Rover, Guy Pearce plays an aimless man in the post-apocalyptic Australian Outback who begins chasing three criminals who stole his car.
JIM SCHEMBRI: With the movie adaptation of John Greene's best-seller The Fault in Our Stars set to have people weeping in multiplexes the world over, here is a highly subjective selection of films that bring a tear to the eye.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Moves are afoot to ban the Hunger Games salute, being used by defiant teens against the military coup in Thailand.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Lock up your best plates, folks, there's another big Greek movie wedding on the way.
INTERVIEW: As one of the leading and most daring filmmakers to come out of the Palestine, Hany Abu-Assad is used to making waves.
REVIEWS: This week's films include A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, The Trip to Italy and Son of God.
PHOTOS: Film fanatic Jim Schembri has mocked up some movie poster parodies for your enjoyment.
JIM SCHEMBRI: The long-planned, long-feared sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner looks like it's finally growing legs.
REVIEWS: This week Jim Schembri reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Bababook, and Sunshine on Leith.
MOVIE NEWS: The brilliant Swiss artist HR Giger, best-known for his extraordinary design work on the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, has died, age 74.
JIM SCHEMBRI: There's a lot that can be said about the too-close-for-comfort relationship between mother and son in Calin Peter Netzer's compelling, unsettling, bare-knuckled Romanian drama.
INTERVIEW: In the suburban horror film The Babadook, distraught a single mother tries caring for her son while coping with the emotionally devastating loss of her husband.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Will Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez Productions are gearing up for another live-action movie version of the classic cartoon sitcom The Flintstones.
JIM SCHEMBRI: New York; it's where Harry met Sally; where Robert De Niro learned to be a taxi driver; where ghosts got busted; and where John Travolta got the fever.
VIDEO: In the new Australian film Healing, Don Hany plays Viktor, a long-term prisoner on the verge of release.
JIM SCHEMBRI: This week reviews for Bad Neighbours, Healing, Chef and Seduced and Abandoned.
WATCH: Jim Schembri interviews '52 Tuesdays' director Sophie Hyde and actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey.
JIM SCHEMBRI: In this entertaining, inconsequential wisp of a film, ageing florist Fioravante (John Turturro) becomes a male prostitute at the behest of his even more-ageing pal, Murray (Woody Allen).
JIM SCHEMBRI: Many big films have had an enduring impact on our culture, but few have dominated the landscape so much that they've earned their own day.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Here's yet another example of a high-concept mega-movie that appears to have gone into production a draft or two too early.
MOVIE NEWS: In the latest in a long line of Marilyn Monroe biopics, redhead Jessica Chastain is set to bring the iconic blonde to life in Blonde.
We kind of knew this already, but it was good of Pierce Brosnan to step up and pierce through the over-ripe adulation his Bond films too often receive by admitting his performance as 007 lacked spark and charm.
Brace yourselves, all you Marvel comic book-into-movie fans! Prepare to be not amazed!
JIM SCHEMBRI: Two of Peter Sellers' earliest films - the 1957 shorts Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia Is Good For You - have been uncovered by film lover Robert Farrow.
JIM SCHEMBRI: This terrific Muppets sequel doesn't need to waste any time getting the gang back together and so dives head-long into the type of loopy, cameo-encrusted adventure.
INTERVIEW: In the drama Half of a Yellow Sun, a couple (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton) fight to survive the decade-long trauma of the Nigerian civil war.
JIM SCHEMBRI: They've been yapping about a sequel to the Tom Cruise career-maker Top Gun pretty much since it first came out in 1986, but now it seems like it just might actually, really, truly happen.
Whatever you've got planned over the next few weeks, work it around seeing The Lego Movie as quickly as you can.
REVIEW: Oh God. What a water-logged turkey Noah has turned out to be. After all the ballyhoo, director Darren Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe deliver an epic disaster of truly biblical proportions. It's one of those stupid films where the more you think of it, the worse it gets.
REVIEWS: This epic sexual odyssey of addiction from button-pushing director Lars von Trier again proves that he is a much more intelligent and thoughtful filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Confirmation that there will be another Terminator film, and it'll star everybody's favourite demolition man.
MOVIE NEWS: Ryan Gosling is eager to move on a biopic of legendary Depression-era dance movie choreographer Busby Berkeley.
Wadjda is a warm, winning, restless film. It's the first to be shot by a female Saudi director in Saudi Arabia, though it's not the first from the region to spruik the dire need for change where women are concerned.
Alex Gibney's absorbing, long-form documentary about racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is the type of happy accident director's dream of.
Fresh from its Oscars triumph - Best Animated Feature; Best Song for Let It Go - Disney's billion-dollar baby Frozen has been hit with accusations it promotes a lesbian lifestyle.
CHEAT SHEET: Fresh from the "They Knew This Was Coming" desk comes news that Darren Aronofsky's monolithic Russell Crowe boat movie Noah is hitting rough water in Muslim countries.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Our resident movie guru reviews the latest flicks: All Is Lost, Tracks, 3 Days To Kill and 300: Rise of An Empire.
Everybody loves a good movie poster. And everybody loves a good movie poster parody.
JIM SCHEMBRI: Everyone's favourite middle-aged action man Liam Neeson is at it again in yet another enjoyable, disposable French-produced action flick.
Get excited, people. The 86th Academy Awards are about to be handed out in what is unarguably one of the best line-ups of A-Grade films in recent memory.
If there's one major message at the core of Peter Berg's outstanding, realistic, fact-based war film it's that no amount of new-fangled military technology can take away from the brutality.
JIM SCHEMBRI: There are a lot of tough moments in this fact-based saga as a man wages war against bureaucracy, prejudice and his own mortality, but Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately an uplifting story of undying hope and unlikely heroism.
Jim Schembri's cheat sheet, February 7.
Jim Schembri's new release movies, February 6.
The Marvel superhero movies might not be masterpieces, but that's not stopping Joss Whedon from aiming high.