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Why You Should Watch: I Am Love

Sex, love, food, and money: Tilda Swinton’s Milanese melodrama has got the lot. It’s free to watch for almost a year at SBS On Demand.
Tilda Swinton as a woman transformed by love    Is there no role she cannot play, this strange otherworldly chameleon? Swinton has been, among other things, a wicked witch (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe), a witty vampire (Only Lovers Left A...

Why You Should Watch: Shadow Dancer

Andrea Riseborough’s stellar performance alongside Clive Owen is just one reason to watch Shadow Dancer. It’s on this Saturday at 10pm on SBS ONE.
Witness the primal urge of a mother The depth of feeling that a mother has for her children is utterly primal, yet despite the power of this instinct and the storytelling opportunities it offers, it is something rarely explored in feature films. ...

Why You Should Watch: Incendies

The discovery of a family’s hidden history sparks an explosive journey in Denis Villeneuve's Oscar nominee. It's free to watch for almost a year at On Demand.
The opening scene The mood and meaning of few feature films have been established as ominously as Denis Villeneuve manages at the beginning of his coruscating drama: the camera calmly tracks towards a group of young boys in an empty room, who are...

Why You Should Watch: The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Romain Duris is a French – and SBS – treasure. See why in this stunner from Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). It’s free to watch for almost a year at On Demand.
It’s a good remake Remakes are like the weather: they happen whether we like it or not. Sometimes the experience is filthy. Occasionally they can be wonderful. Case in point: The Beat That My Heart Skipped. It derives from James Toback’s Fingers....

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...