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Watch the trailer for Jon Stewart's Iranian political drama 'Rosewater'

The Daily Show host gets serious with story of beleaguered journalist.
By Oliver Gettell Aug. 28--It takes four walls to imprison a person's body, but the spirit is another matter. Such is the drama at the heart of Rosewater, Jon Stewart's fact-based political movie about journalist Maziar Bahari's 118-day ordeal in...

Joel Edgerton on Felony, Exodus & Guyliner

Joel Edgerton sits down with Marc Fennell to talk about how his childhood influences his art, the controversy around Exodus, and wearing guyliner.
Robert Connolly set to spend CinefestOz film prize money on making a bigger splash at Toronto Film Festival next month.
The family film Paper Planes, about a young boy who dreams of competing in the world paper plane championships in Japan, has won Western Australia’s inaugural $100,000 CinefestOZ film prize for an Australian film....

Why You Should Watch: The Queen

We’ll never be Royals but you can peek into their way of life this Saturday night at 8:30pm on SBS ONE.
Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is mentioned in the media, I often don’t see the real woman but instead visualise Helen Mirren playing the Queen in the film of the same name. It’s a big risk for an act...
Take a short, undistracted trip through the hit-and-miss history of text messaging and online browsing in movies and television.
Movies and TV have always had a tricky time depicting the everyday use of modern technology, especially the Internet and the simple text message. Tony Zhou shows how directors in both mediums have evolved over the last few years to showcase their...

Mel Gibson creeps back with The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 marks the latest olive branch offered to Mel Gibson from his peers, but can the fallen star ever be bankable again?
He had declared himself out of the business of self-funding his own ambitious features, no doubt due in part to legal costs, a record-high divorce and run-ins with the law. He also seems unlikely to bounce back in the way that, say, Robert Downey...

The Kid In Every Wes Anderson Movie gently mocks Wes' whimsy

US comedians affectionately send up the preposterous-but-adorable charms of every Wes Anderson movie, ever.
The Upright Citizens Brigade has released the video equivalent of a backhanded compliment to Wes Anderson, in this delightful send-up of the writer/director’s trademark quirks. The polite parody skewers everything from the director's singular...

Robin Williams: In His Own Words

The late, great actor was always known to very open and frank in interviews, whether the topic was work, life, or his love of cycling.
Robin Williams was a rare comedy genius and one hard to keep up with. In interviews, attempting to match his banter was often the best method; he would riff on all manner of subjects, taking every morsel he heard and instinctively turning it into...

A Class Act: Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)

The grand dame of Hollywood's Golden Age was an intimidating screen presence in a career spanning 70 years.
“And the hits just keep on coming,” remarked a friend, with bitter irony, as he posted news of Lauren Bacall’s death, at age 89, to Facebook. “What a shit week,” someone else wrote, under it—and it’s kind of hard to disagree. But whatever sadness...

Why You Should Watch: Attack the Block

Films about alien invasions are rarely as fun – or clever – as Attack the Block. You’d be a mug to miss it this Saturday night at 8:30pm on SBS ONE.
It’s a complete film In Attack the Block, a bunch of hairy black aliens from outer space invade a South London council estate and come up against a gang of teenage troublemakers. It may not seem like a tantalising scenario for the serious film bu...