When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS 2 and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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SBS Movies

15 Dec 2014 - 10:43 AM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2015 - 10:31 AM

Monday, 22 December

Sultans of the South

1:30am, SBS 2
MA+15
Mexico
Director: Alejandro Lozano
Starring: Tony Dalton, Jordi Mollà, Ana de la Reguera
What's it about? 
In the tradition of Ocean's Eleven, things don't quite go to plan when a band of thieves steal $11 million from a Mexican bank and travel to Argentina in an attempt to launder the money. Upon their arrival, the plan goes south and it's up to them to figure out what went wrong.

 

Tuesday, 23 December

The Sky Crawlers

11:20pm, SBS 2
M
Japan
Director:
 Mamoru Oshii
Starring:
 Rinko Kikuchi, Ryô Kase, Shôsuke Tanihara
What's it about?
A visually striking Japanese anime based on the very successful science fiction novels by Hiroshi Mori. On a future Earth, there is no longer any war between nations. Peace reigns over the entire planet. However, it's been found that people need the tension and excitement of war to truly feel alive. To fill this need, staged 'wars' between various corporations provide the excitement that actual wars had provided.

Kisses

12:05am, SBS ONE
MA+15
Ireland
Director:
 Lance Daly
Starring:
 Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry, Paul Roe
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Two 11-year-olds, Dylan and Kylie, run away from their grim home life and abusive relatives at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin. Nominated for seven Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 - and winner of Best Director.

Paris 36

2:05am, SBS 2
M
France
Director: Christophe Barratier
Starring: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad
What's it about?
Germain Pigoil, an aging music hall manager, is charged with murder. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the theatre. Nominated for five César Awards, 2009.

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Wednesday, 24 December

Monty Python's Life of Brian

8:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
UK
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Monty Python tells the story of Brian (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion. 

In the Loop

10:25pm, SBS 2
MA+15
UK
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
Simon Foster is a hapless junior minister whose access to the halls of power in Downing Street is marginal, and whose opinion has never really mattered. Until now. Following a series of ill-advised comments regarding the likelihood of an English/American alliance going to war in the Middle East, Foster inadvertently sets off a chain of events that may just skew an impending UN vote on the issue. Nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

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Monsieur Lazhar

11:30pm, SBS ONE
M
Canada
Director:
 Philippe Falardeau
Starring:
 Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
At a Montréal public grade school, a popular teacher commits suicide in her classroom. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. Nominated for a 2012 Oscar, ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival.

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Bitter Victory

1:25am, SBS 2
MA+15
France
Director: François Favrat
Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Christian Clavier, Sami Bouajila
What's it about?
Clovis Cornillac and Christian Clavier shine in this morality tale about a naive architect who aligns himself with a mayoral contender in the hopes that an election victory will grant him social recognition and political favours. Winner of Best Actor at the 2009 Sarlat Film Festival (Clovis Cornillac).

 

Thursday, 25 December

Shaolin Soccer

6:30pm, SBS 2
PG
Hong Kong
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Man Tat Ng, Patrick Tse
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
When a group of Shaolin monks fail in city life, they form a soccer team under the coaching of a disgraced soccer legend. Winner of six Hong Kong Film Awards in 2002, including Best Picture.

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Kung Fu Hustle

8:30pm, SBS 2
M
China
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Lam Tze-Chung
What's it about?
In Shanghai in the 1940s, residents of a poor community fight back when they are invaded by the notorious Axe Gang. This is a kung fu comedy full of action and mixed with The Matrix-like scenes. Nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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A Christmas Tale

10:25pm, SBS ONE
M
France
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric
What's it about?
The Vuillard family's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmas time reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan?

Home for Christmas

12:35am, SBS 2
MA+15
Norway
Director: Bent Hamer
Starring: Nina Andresen Borud, Arianit Berisha, Joachim Calmeyer
What's it about?
Under the Arctic blaze of the northern lights, a puzzle of characters intersects with one another as they struggle through the snow to make it home for Christmas. A modern Christmas carol from Norway.

 

Friday, 26 December

Black Sheep

8:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
New Zealand
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

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Room in Rome

10:00pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Spain
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
When Alba seduces Natasha in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study. Nominated for four Spanish Goya Awards in 2011.

Goemon

11:55pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Japan
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
Starring: Yosuke Eguchi, Takao Osawa, Ryoko Hirosue
What's it about?
Goemon Ishikawa leaves his fighting clan after his chief is murdered and uses his skills as a thief to help the poor. But after learning the identity of his leader's killer, Goemon sets out on a bloody path of vengeance. Nominated for two Asian Film Awards in 2010, including Best Visual Effects.

JCVD

2:15am, SBS ONE
M
France
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne
What's it about?
Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of their daughter, these are hard times for action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! Van Damme decides to return to Belgium, the country of his birth, to seek the peace and tranquillity he can no longer enjoy in the United States.
 

 

Saturday, 27 December

Howl's Moving Castle

5:55pm, SBS 2
PG
Japan
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

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Chopper

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Australia
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field
What's it about?
Based on his autobiography which was written during a jail sentence in Prison, this film tells the intense story of late legendary criminal, Mark "Chopper" Read. 

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Grabbers

9:00pm, SBS 2
M
Ireland
Director: Jon Wright
Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

10:40pm, SBS 2
M
Finland

Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
What's it about?
This darkly hilarious Christmas tale follows the capture of Santa during an archaeological dig in the depths of Finland’s mountains. But this is a murderous Santa, and his psychotic elves are determined to free him.

 

Sunday, 28 December

Big Ass Spider!

8:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
USA
Directors: Mike Mendez
Starring: Lin Shaye, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Big Man Japan

11:00pm, SBS 2
M
Japan
Directors: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Starring: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
A middle-aged eccentric living in a rundown house, Daisato's job involves receiving electric shocks that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is entrusted with defending Japan from a host of bizarre monsters. But while his predecessors were national heroes, he is a pariah among the citizens he protects. A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero.

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The Necessities of Life

11:30pm, SBS ONE
PG
Canada
Director: Benoît Pilon
Starring: Natar Ungalaaq, Antoine Bertrand, Paul-André Brasseur
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Set in 1952. When a sick Inuit hunter becomes despondent after being sent to a hospital in Quebec City, he is introduced to an orphan who serves as a translator and helps him to rediscover his pride and energy. Winner of three awards at the 2008 Montréal World Film Festival, including the Special Grand Prize of the Jury.

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The First Beautiful Thing

1:20am, SBS ONE
M
Italy
Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Bruno, a failed poet, has fallen into the dull role of trade school teacher and indulges in drug use to break the monotony of his empty life. Many of his problems can be traced back to childhood disenchantment with his beautiful but wayward mother. When she falls terminally ill, Bruno must face his childhood issues when he returns to his hometown to visit her. Nominated for six Italian Golden Globes, including Best Film.