Big Screen: Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is more than just another spunky kids film. It’s a visually stunning, brilliantly written exercise in the art of storytelling, and probably the best animated film James Ross has seen in years.

Big Screen: Embrace of the Serpent review

Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace Of The Serpent’ is an Amazonian ‘Heart of Darkness’: pitting the knowledge systems of the Western world up against those of the tribal people of the Amazon.

Big Screen: Mustang

Set in a small Turkish town and soundtracked by Warren Ellis (the Dirty Three), Mustang tells a beautifully affecting story of female emancipation and sisterly love.

What we learned from the 63rd Sydney Film Festival

Female power, odd ducks and the challenge of mutual understanding: now that the final flick has screened, we look at the winners and losers from the Sydney Film Festival 2016.

Big Screen: The Jungle Book

“It felt like a movie for kids who were raised on The Lord of the Rings rather than The Lion King.” James Ross thinks you should stick to the original Jungle Book.

Big Screen: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Resident FBi movie critic Sam Clark recommends you avoid the pouting scowls and dour nonsense that is Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Big Screen: In The Heart Of The Sea

Sam Clark and his wife watched ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ on their anniversary, because it had Thor in it and the poster made it look like he would fight a huge whale with a spear. Marriage is about compromise…

Big Screen: Spectre

You have probably noticed, from seeing James Bond scowl at you with intense disapproval from the side of every bus in Sydney, that there is a new James Bond movie out….

Big Screen: The Martian

Matt Damon’s back again for the second time in a row as a stranded astronaut in The Martian, and Sam Clark can’t get over Ridley Scott’s never-ending stream of big-budget productions.

Big Screen: Everest

FBi’s Sam Clark has a very difficult time generating any sympathy for the horde of screaming bearded guys climbing mountains for no particular reason in the film Everest.