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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12 Jan 2015 - 5:05 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2015 - 9:23 AM

Monday, 19 January

Heaven, Hell... Earth

12:10am, SBS ONE
M
Slovakia
Director: Laura Siváková
Starring: Zuzana Kanóczová, Bronislaw Wroclawski, Jiri Korn
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What's it about? 
In the cinematic vein of Amelie, a passionate affair between a charismatic middle-aged physician and a vulnerable young ballerina comes to a crashing halt when the physician's wife returns home. 

Empties

1:30am, SBS 2
M
Czech Republic
Director: Jan Sverák
Starring: Zdenek Sverák, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Daniela Kolárová
What's it about? 
A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society. Josef, a newly retired Prague school teacher, feels he still has much life to live. But he's destined for disaster when he takes a job as a bike messenger. Winner of three Czech Lion Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay in 2008.

 

Tuesday, 20 January

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

9:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Sweden
Director:
 Daniel Alfredson
Starring:
 Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
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What's it about?
The third and final film from the award-winning Swedish thriller trilogy Millenium, which also included The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo andThe Girl Who Played With Fire, picks up with Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital after meeting her father. She awaits her trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael is determined to prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

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Love and Rage

11:50pm, SBS ONE
M
Denmark
Director:
 Morten Giese
Starring:
 Cyron Bjørn Melville, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Dejan Cukic
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What's it about?
This taut, psychological drama tracks a fragile young piano student's descent into madness. Daniel is talented musician who falls in love with Sofie. As the romance blossoms, however, Daniel begins to grow jealous and possessive around her - to the point of obsession.

Three Colours: White

1:40am, SBS 2
M
France
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Janusz Gajos
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What's it about?
The second film in Kieslowski's world famous trilogy is a tapestry of rich irony. A romantic man risks everything to win back his wife, played by Julie Delpy. Nominated for Berlin's Golden Bear.
 

 

Wednesday, 21 January

An American Werewolf in London

8:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
USA
Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
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What's it about?
In this classic horror film, two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

The Blob

10:20pm, SBS 2
MA+15
USA
Director: Chuck Russell
Starring: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
What's it about?
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. A group of teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, however the locals refuse to take them seriously.

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

Il Divo

11:00pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Italy
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
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What's it about?
For more than 50 years, he has been Italy's most powerful, feared and enigmatic politician. And as Giulio Andreotti begins his seventh term as prime minister, he and his hardliner faction take control of a country reeling from the brazen murders of several high-level bankers, judges and journalists, as well as the kidnapping and assassination of former prime minister, Aldo Moro. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2008.

It's Hard to Be Nice

1:15am, SBS 2
M
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Srdjan Vuletic
Starring: Sasa Petrovic, Daria Lorenci and Emir Hadzihafizbegovic
What's it about?
A taxi driver supplements his meagre earnings by giving tips to a criminal gang, turning a blind eye on their illegal activities. An engaging drama about the difficulties of trying to lead an honest life in post-war Sarajevo. Bosnia's official submission to the 2008 Academy Awards.

 

Thursday, 22 January

Red Cliff - Part 2

1:10am, SBS 2
MA+15
China
Director: John Woo
Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang
What's it about?
The final chapter of legendary director John Woo's two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming and manipulative Prime Minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country, and in doing so overthrow the authority of a young and politically impotent Emperor. Winner of five 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards.

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Friday, 23 January

Jackie Brown

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton
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What's it about?
When flight attendant Jackie Brown is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie, agent Ray Nicolette and detective Mark Dargus want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry, a man who loves her.

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See article SBS ONE: Tarantino season

Gigola

11:40pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Laure Charpentier
Starring: Lou Doillon, Thierry Lhermite, Rossy de Palma
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What's it about?
Adapted by director Laure Charpentier from one of her own novels, Gigola is set in Paris in the risqué 1960s. Gigola is as witty as she is beautiful, and after a steamy affair with her headmistress, she leaps whole-heartedly into the sensual lesbian underworld of the city. Desired by all who gaze upon her, Gigola becomes a high-priced escort and her infatuated female admirers are soon showering her with expensive gifts and cash. What she doesn’t bargain on, however, is falling in love with a fellow escort.

 

Saturday, 24 January

Asterix at the Olympic Games 

6:00pm, SBS 2
PG
France
Director: Frédéric Forestier
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Vanessa Hessler
What's it about?
Asterix, Obelix and their friends have entered the famous Olympic games in Athens. They're determined to taste victory, but the Gauls face formidable competition from both Greeks and Romans. Will it be a gold medal for Asterix? Or will he suffer the agony of defeat?

See article: SBS 2: Family movies: Asterix & Obelix

Misery

8:30pm, SBS ONE
M
USA
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
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What's it about?
Based on the novel by Stephen King, Misery tells the story of best-selling author, Paul Sheldon, who is on his way back home after finishing his latest novel. Meet Annie Wilkes, Paul's self-proclaimed number one fan, who takes it upon herself to nurse him back to health. After reading through one of his manuscripts, however, all hell breaks loose and nothing is ever the same again.

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See article: SBS ONE: Oscar Season

Phantom Pain

10:30pm, SBS ONE
M
Germany
Director: Matthias Emcke
Starring: Til Schweiger, Jana Pallaske, Stipe Erceg
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film stars Til Schweiger as Mark, a man whose life revolves around his bicycle to the exclusion of all else. One night, as he travels on a dark road, he is involved in a hit and run accident. The world around him crashes and he must now find a new meaning in it.

City of God

11:00pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Brazil
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Alice Braga
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What's it about?
Two boys growing up in a violent neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. Shocking, confronting, and based on a true story, this film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography, and Best Director Fernando Meirelles.

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'City of God' (2002)

Zatoichi

2:15am, SBS 2
MA+15
Japan
Directors: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Daigoro Tachibana
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What's it about?
Zatoichi is a blind swordsman who shuffles from town to town, righting wrongs with the sword he conceals within his cane. He unknowingly walks into a classic tale of revenge, as two women plot to kill the men who murdered their family. As he becomes more involved, a showdown with the young Samurai Hattori is inevitable.

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Sunday, 25 January

George Harrison: In a Material World (Part 1) 

8:30pm, SBS ONE
M
USA
Director: Martin Scorsese
Featuring: Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr
What's it about?
Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. With never before seen or heard footage, this documentary offers a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

Coffy

9:30pm, NITV
MA+15
USA
Directors: William Crain
Starring: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas
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What's it about?
In this unofficial prequel to Foxy Brown, Blaxploitation queen Pam Grier stars as a nurse, who takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

See article: NITV: Blaxploitation Movie Season

Sister Smile

11:05pm, SBS ONE
PG
Belgium
Directors: Stijn Coninx
Starring: Cécile de France, Sandrine Blancke, Chris Lomme
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What's it about?
Cécile de France is captivating as Jeanine Deckers in this dramatic biography about the Belgium nun turned international singing star. After spending her formative years in her parents' bakery under the thumb of her hard-hearted mother, teenager Deckers joins a convent to escape her oppressive childhood home. However, she finds little improvement in life as a nun-in-training. When she pens a song in 1963 that becomes an international hit, Deckers adopts a stage name and embarks on a journey beyond her wildest imagination.

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Love Is All

1:15am, SBS ONE
M
Netherlands
Director: Joram Lursen
Starring: Wendy van Dijk, Paul de Leeuwand, Carice van Houten
What's it about?
Klaasje has left her husband Dennis because he cheated on her with a young school teacher. Dennis wants her back, but his chances are slim when she has a fling with a 16-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Klaasje's best friend Simone is the boss at home. Her husband Ted has just lost his job, but he is afraid to tell his wife. The most popular Dutch romantic comedy film ever and winner of the Golden Calf Award at the Nederlands Film Festival.

An Empress and the Warriors

1:15am, SBS 2
MA+15
Hong Kong
Director: Ching Siu-Tung
Starring: Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen, Leon Lai
What's it about?
After the death of her father, the King of Yan, Princess Feier tries to rule the warring kingdom but as a woman, her leadership is questioned and she herself becomes torn between the three loves of her life: her most trusted general Muyong Xuehu, the mysterious doctor who saves her life, and her kingdom. Nominated for two Hong Kong Film Awards in 2009.