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Why You Should Watch: The Barbarian Invasions

Denys Arcand’s Oscar winner is an undeniable masterpiece on life, death and the importance of family and friends. It’s free to watch for a year at SBS On Demand.
Because it’s an inspired but unlikely sequel The pictures that usually get sequels are superhero adventures, inoffensive mainstream comedies and action rampages, with the latest installment arriving two or three years after the previous one. Deny...

Spoilsport: Peak Superhero – Are We There Yet?

There’s no shortage of Marvel and DC characters getting ready for their close up, but is there enough variety to keep the wind in their capes?
I have cape fear. Between now and the end of 2018, a period of just four years, various Hollywood studios have scheduled more than 25 major comic book movies. The comparatively calm 2015, when we have The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Fan...

Why You Should Watch: Anonymous

Fact, fiction and speculation are all bound up together in a film about the ‘true’ authorship of Shakespeare’s work. See it this Saturday at 8:30pm on SBS ONE.
Learn all about literature’s biggest question Anonymous kicks off with the assertion that William Shakespeare never wrote a single word of his plays, then proceeds to tell a story that explains who the author was – the real-life Edward de Vere, 1...

Why You Should Watch: Bullhead

Belgian stud Matthias Schoenaerts is a big talent with a big future, and Bullhead was his breakout movie. It’s available to watch for a year at SBS On Demand.
This is a different view of Belgium The masterful work of the Dardenne Brothers has given cinema audiences an engrossing, ground-level view of one strata of Belgian life, the frayed working class communities around Namur, but Bullhead is a differ...

Why You Should Watch: Agora

Agora could simply be called a swords-and-sandals biopic, but that sells it short. See why Saturday at 8.30pm on SBS ONE, or now at On Demand for the next year.
Agora goes against the grain I won’t bore you with the statistics on the extent to which women are absent from and subjected to gender stereotyping on the big screen – though if interested, start here – but because of recent events in my life, I’...

Why You Should Watch: Barney's Version

Barney Panofsky is one of contemporary cinema’s great characters. See him this Saturday at 8.35pm on SBS ONE, or now at SBS On Demand for the next year.
It's as epic as it is funny Barney’s Version is a big sweeping comedic drama about the life and loves of one man. That man doesn’t change the world or alter the course of history but the extent to which his experiences are both hilarious to watch...

Why You Should Watch: Fish Tank

Fish Tank is now available to watch for a year at SBS On Demand, so you've no reason to miss it. And besides, who would knock back Michael Fassbender?
Its fierce and raw teenage heroine Fifteen-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis, an untrained actress in her debut performance) is an angry and aggressive teenaged girl, liable to head-butt anyone who crosses her. She lives in a bleak Essex housing estate ...
A new on-set video reveals the unsexy business of faking it for the cameras.
By Lindsey Weber Thanks to Patrick Wilson, Brooklyn Decker, and their Stretch director Joe Carnahan for this fascinating video — a quick look into the makings of a Hollywood sex scene. Watch them awkwardly readjust, awkwardly make small talk, awk...

Spoilsport: Yes, Gone Girl Has a Woman Problem

How did a story about two complicated people become a feature-length film about a dopey man?
By Amanda Dobbins  We will be discussing Gone Girl plot and twists. If you’ve read the book, you’re fine. If you haven’t and plan on seeing the movie unsullied, you might want to bookmark this page and weigh in later. In 2013, the author Gillia...

Jasin Boland Interview: The Man Behind The Movie Posters

You don't know his name or his face. But you've surely seen his pictures. For over a decade now Jason Boland has been one of the world's leading film photographers, and more of his stills have graced more movie posters than anyone else's. He talks...