• Movies across SBS this week. (SBS Movies)
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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6 Nov 2017 - 12:14 PM  UPDATED 6 Nov 2017 - 12:14 PM

Monday 6 November

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
11:30AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014

Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Mick Jagger, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Finding Fela) features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

Autumn
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
India, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Aamir Bashir
Starring: Mohammad Amir Naji, Shahnawaz Bhat, Shamim Basharat, Salma Ashai
What's it about?
Rafiq (Shahnawaz Bhat) is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, one of the thousands of men who have disappeared since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan to become a militant, Rafiq returns home to a future without purpose, until one day when he accidentally finds his brother's old camera.

Igby Goes Down
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Burr Steers
Starring: Jared Harris, Kieran Culkin, Amanda Peet, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Ryan Phillippe, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes
What's it about?
Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic 17-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of 'old money' privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like Young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must be a better life out there, and sets about finding it. 

The Clown
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2011
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Selton Mello
Starring: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela
What's it about?
Benjamin (Selton Mello) and his father Pro Sangue (Paulo José) work as clowns, travelling the Brazilian countryside in an attempt to entertain the locals. Benjamin begins to question his ability to make people laugh, but also feels the need to start settling down at a fixed address. Several strangers try to help him fulfill his dreams.  

How 'The Clown' Auteur Turned Career Doubt Into an Oscar Contender

Tuesday 7 November

Under the Hawthorn Tree
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
China, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Dongyu Zhou, Shawn Dou, Meijuan Xi
What's it about?
The daughter of a right-winger, schoolgirl Jing Qiu (Zhou Dong-Yu) is sent to the countryside for reeducation, and tasked to help write a textbook. There she meets Lao San (Shawn Dou), a young soldier with a bright future ahead. Despite the class divide and parental disapproval, romance blooms against turbulent times.

Heaven
12:55AM, SBS

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2002
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone
What's it about?
Pained by the police’s lax investigation following her husband’s drug death, Philippa places a bomb in the drug dealer’s cover office, which kills four innocent people by mistake. She is arrested and questioned about her motives. Filippo, the official translator, believes in her innocence, and conceives a plan for her escape. Based on a screenplay by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colours TrilogyThe Decalogue) and from the director of Run Lola Run.

Heaven: Blanchett gives yet another compelling performance

Wednesday 8 November

Tomorrow Will Be Better
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Poland, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian, Polish
Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska
Starring: Oleg Ryba, Jewgieni Ryba, Akhmed Sardalov, Stanislaw Sojka
What's it about?
Three young boys, who live on the mean streets of Ukraine, embark on an journey to cross the border into Poland. With an unstoppable sense of adventure, they learn they must rely on each other to find their new home. Winner of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival’s International Children’s Jury Prize.

Three Kings
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Language: English
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney
What's it about?
A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives.

War is a bore in 'Three Kings'
Three Kings review

Kiki
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sara Jordenö
What's it about?
25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, we’re granted exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us”. Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Why You Should Watch: Kiki

Swingers
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham
What's it about?
A transplant New Yorker attempting to acclimate to Los Angeles, Mike Peters is struggling to both boost his comedy career and get over his last relationship. A self-proclaimed master of seduction, Mike's friend, Trent Walker, tries to show him how to make connections and get the attention of women. Slowly moving toward regaining his confidence, Mike meets the gorgeous and down-to-earth Lorraine, sparking a welcome new romance.

Swingers review: A sweet and funny indie comedy

Nakom
12:00AM, SBS

M
Ghana, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Kelly Daniela Norris, T.W. Pittman
Starring: Jacob Ayanaba, Grace Ayariga, Justina Kulidu
What's it about?
Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student returns to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival. Nominated for the John Cassavetes Award (best feature budgeted under $500,000) at the 2017 Independent Spirit awards.

How I Ended This Summer
1:40AM, SBS

M
Russia, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky
Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis
What's it about?
In the isolation of a Russian Arctic island, two men carry out their work at a meteorological station. Sergei, a gruff man in his fifties, has been joined by fresh-faced Pavel for the rest of the summer. The two men have little in common, and tend to keep to themselves. That all changes when Sergei is out fishing one day, and Pavel receives distressing news about Sergei’s family. Deciding to keep the news a secret, their relationship is torn apart by lies and suspicion against a lonely backdrop of desolate cliffs and icy winds. Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

How I Ended This Summer Review

 

Thursday 9 November

Lula, The Son of Brazil
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2009
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Fábio Barreto, Marcelo Santiago
Starring: Rui Ricardo Diaz, Glória Pires, Juliana Baroni
What's it about?
This colourful and deeply moving film is the story of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Born into extreme poverty, Lula was guided by a strong mother who was determined to give her children a good life. He grew up to become a full-fledged member of the union who found his way into politics. However, an intense personal tragedy involving his wife and unborn child gave him the courage and ambition to become one of Brazil’s most iconic leaders.

Born to Dance
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12pm Friday 10th Nov, NITV)

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Parris Goebel
What's it about?
A coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu', an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

Harmontown
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Berkeley
Starring: Dan Harmon, Erin McGathy, Spencer Crittenden
What's it about?
Fasten your seat belts as we take a ride with TV Writer and Producer Dan Harmon and his cohorts on a 21-city bus tour across America performing the popular podcast, Harmontown. This funny and brutally honest documentary, directed by Neil Berkeley ("Beauty is Embarrassing”), provides a revealing look at the complicated character behind TV’s “Community” and “Rick and Morty”. Each new tour stop uncovers more Harmon (literally!) and provides intimate insights into his public persona and personal relationships.

For the Good of Others
12:25AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Oskar Santos
Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Belen Rueda, Angie Cepeda
What's it about?
Diego is an emergency room doctor whose work has forced him to become shut-off from his family and friends. When he gets into a fight with a patient’s lover, the man pulls a gun and brutally shoots Diego. However when doctors rush to save his life, there is no bullet wound and Diego has inexplicably healed. He soon finds that this second chance at life has left him with supernatural healing powers, and patients in the hospital that he treats miraculously recover from comas and injuries.

Friday 10 November

An Ordinary Execution
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Marc Dugain
Starring: André Dussollier, Marina Hands, Edouard Baer
What's it about?
Having exiled all of the Jewish doctors from Russia, Joseph Stalin (André Dussollier) finds his health quickly fading. He turns to a bold young doctor (Marina Hands) who has a good reputation, and a long list of enemies. While treating the paranoid dictator, she is forced listen to his twisted philosophies and becomes caught in his web of oppression.

Moonwalker
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 1pm Saturday 11th Nov, NITV)

PG
USA, 1988
Genre: Fantasy, Music
Language: English
Director: Colin Chilvers, Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield
Starring: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Mick Jagger, Sean Lennon
What's it about?
Starring Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his 'Bad' album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr Big (Joe Pesci).

Valkyrie
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2008
Genre: War, Drama
Language: English
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wlaschiha, Christian Oliver, Carice van Houten, Bill Nighy
What's it about?
Based on the true story of a high-level Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler (David Bamber) before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realising that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan - known as Operation Valkyrie - these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.

Valkyrie Review

Blind
11:15PM, SBS

MA15+
Netherlands, Norway, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Eskil Vogt
Starring: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
What's it about?
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. After a while, Ingrid starts to feel the presence of her husband in the flat when he is supposed to be at work. At the same time, her lonely neighbour who has grown tired of even the most extreme pornography shifts his attention to a woman across the street. Ingrid knows about this but her real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.

Saturday 11 November

The End of the Tour
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Mickey Sumner, Ron Livingston, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Anna Chlumsky
What's it about?
When Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) joined acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal) on his book tour, an epic five-day journey began. As the two men share laughs and reveal hidden frailties, they are forever bonded in this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking story.

The End of the Tour review: An interrogation of fame that its main subject would have loathed

Boogie Nights
9:25PM, SBS 

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Adult
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Luis Guzmán, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds
What's it about?
In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of friends, including fellow actors Amber Waves, Rollergirl, and Reed Rothchild, Dirk fulfills all his ambitions, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down. 

Mark Wahlberg hopes God is a cinephile, so he can be forgiven for 'Boogie Nights'
Boogie Nights review: An exciting cinema experience

The Jerk
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 1979
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Carl Reiner
Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
What's it about?
Navin (Steve Martin) believes he was born a poor Black child in Mississippi. He is, however, actually white. Upon figuring this out, he heads north to St Louis to find himself. After landing a job at a gas station, Navin is excited to discover his name printed in the new phone book. This ratification of his existence leads him from one misadventure to another as he invents gadgets, dodges bullets, joins the carnival and seeks love in the arms of beautiful Marie (Bernadette Peters).

Sunday 12 November

Lucky
10:15PM, NITV

M
South Africa, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Zulu, Hindi, English
Director: Avie Luthra
Starring: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo, Vusi Kunene, Brenda Ngxoli, Mary Twala
What's it about?
A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city, only to find no one will help him - except a formidable Indian woman. An odyssey marked by greed, violence and ultimately belonging, Lucky shows how a child's spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.

Dossier K.
11:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, 2009
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Dutch
Director: Jan Verheyen
Starring: Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Hilde De Baerdemaeker, Blerim Destani
What's it about?
Veteran director Jan Verheyen delves into the inner workings of the Albanian mafia in this tense, fast-paced crime thriller. Set in a grim and violent vision of Antwerp, a brutal gangland murder sparks a police investigation led by a pragmatic detective and a maverick lawman who are at odds about how to bring the killer to justice. Based on a novel by Jef Geeraerts, this film is the long-awaited sequel to the multiple award-winning The Alzheimer Case.