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21 Dec 2015 - 4:52 PM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2016 - 5:55 PM

Monday 28 December

Kon-Tiki

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
UK/Norway/Denmark, 2012
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
What's it about?
Set in 1947, Kon-Tiki follows the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's epic attempt to cross the Pacific ocean in a wooden raft in order to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. During the three months aboard the primitive vessel, named after Inca god of sun and storm Kon-Tiki, the crew is met with terrifying dangers. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg's impressive epic adventure film led to them being approached to direct the fifth Pirates of the Carribean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales, due in 2017.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview
Kon-Tiki Review
SBS 2: Around the World in Eight Movies

Black Book

10:35pm, SBS 2

MA15+
The Netherlands, 2006
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Carice van Houten, Thom Hoffman, Sebastian Koch
What's it about?
Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Showgirls) returns to his native Holland to tell us the story of a young Jewish singer during World War. After surviving the massacre of her family while trying to escape the Nazis, Rachel infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance and becomes involved with a high ranking SS officer Ludwig Muntze, hoping to gather useful information. A sexy and entertaining war thriller, starring the fantastic Carice Van Houten, recently seen in Game of Thrones as the manipulative and murderous priestess Melisandre.

Watch trailer & Read review
Watch original The Movie Show review
Watch interview with Gerard Soeteman and Paul Verhoeven
Read: Why You Should Watch Black Book
SBS 2: Around the World in Eight Movies

The Lost Bladesman

11:50pm, SBS

M
Hong Kong, 2011
Director: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Starring: Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Andy On
What's it about?
With an all-star cast including Donnie Yen, this historical epic tells the story of the greatest warrior in the land - Guan Yu. Set around 200 AD, a tyrant forces Guan Yu to battle his best friend by holding the woman they both love hostage. Winner of Best Actor (Wen Jiang) at the 2011 Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

The Lost Bladesman Review

 

Tuesday 29 December

We Were Children

8:30pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Canada, 2012
Director: Tim Wolochatiuk
Starring: Rene Batson, Taya Ayotte Bourns, Alice Dano
What's it about?
The heartbreaking true story of Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod, two Indian-Canadian children who are separated from their families and traditional land to be sent off to government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths, so they can be integrated into Canadian society.

Three Monkeys

12:05am, SBS
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Turkey, 2008
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rıfat Sungar
What's it about?
When a politician falls asleep at the wheel and accidentally kills a man, he gets his chauffeur to take the blame in return for some money. While the chauffeur is in prison, his wife has an affair with the politician, with bloody consequences. Nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of the Best Director award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Wednesday 30 December

Knights of Badassdom

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2014
Director: Joe Lynch
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau
What's it about?
Three best friends and dedicated roleplayers go the woods to reenact a Dungeons & Dragons-like scenario as a live action role-playing game, and get more than they bargained for when a prop spellbook purchased from the internet ends up being a genuine grimoire and they unwittingly conjure up a blood-lusting succubus from hell. 

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Here comes the Devil...

Army of Darkness

10:05pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 1992
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
What's it about?
Bruce Campbell stars as Ash, a hapless housewares clerk time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barreled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches, a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hordes of the medieval dead in the most outrageously spectacular horror comedy every made.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Here comes the Devil...

The Rocket

12:30am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Australia, 2013
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Starring: Thep Phongam, Loungnam Kaosainam, Sitthiphon 'Ki' Disamoe
What's it about?
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Winner of both the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, as well as the AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Rocket lifts the lid on Laos
The Rocket Review

 

Thursday 31 December

Shifty

2:20am, SBS

M
UK, 2008
Director: Eran Creevy
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Jason Flemyng, Nitin Ganatra, Jay Simpson
What's it about?
Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer, intent on setting him up for a big fall. As his long-time friend Chris, confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he's hurtling towards.

 

Friday 1 January

Atonement

9:30pm, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2007
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
What's it about?
In the English summer of 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister Cecilia's lover, Robbie, a servant's son, of a crime he did not commit. The trauma follows them through World War II.  Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.

Atonement Review

 

Saturday 2 January

Asterix and Obelix in Britain

6:00pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

PG
France, 2012
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve
What's it about?
Our favourite Gallic duo travel to Britain, which is being invaded by Julius Caesar and his armies. A small village still holds out bravely against the Roman legions, but the situation becomes critical and one of the villagers, Anticlimx, seeks help from his second-cousin Asterix the Gaul and asks him to bring back a barrel of "magic potion" from the Breton village of the indomitable heroes. 

SBS 2: All-Ages Adventures

Million Dollar Baby

8:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2004
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
What's it about?
Scrap, a hardened boxing trainer, is taken by surprise when an incredibly determined young woman Maggie asks him to train her. Won over by her sheer determination, he begrudgingly takes her on. Little by little, with Scrap’s help and her own dogged perseverance, Maggie begins to improve. In turns exasperating and inspiring each other, the two form a friendship, and find in each other a sense of family they lost long ago.

Million Dollar Baby Review

Poetic Justice

9:30pm, NITV

MA+15
USA, 1993
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
What's it about?
In South L.A., a young African-American woman, Justice, tries to rebuild herself after witnessing the murder of her boyfriend, working as a hairdresser and writing poetry. When her car breaks sown as she's about to go to a hair show in Oakland, she has to do the overnight trip in a postal van with Lucky, a postal worker aspiring to become a musician. Despite Justice initially not getting along with him, the long car trip turns out to be a chance for them to share ideas and realise that they're not so different after all.

Watch original Movie Show review

 

Sunday 3 January

Do the Right Thing

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1989
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito, Richard Edson, Spike Lee
What's it about?
This honest and disturbing film by director Spike Lee was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Festival and for 2 Academy Awards. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, tension starts brewing among the local inhabitants and businesses and everyone's hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Watch the original Movie Show ★★★★★ review

Revolutionary Road

11:50pm, SBS

M
UK, 2009
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates
What's it about?
Set in the lonely-crowd milieu of 1955, a young couple living in a Connecticut suburb struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

From Titanic to Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road Review

Welcome

1:40am, SBS 2
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
France, 2009
Director: Philippe Lioret
Starring: Derya Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Firat Ayverdi, Vincent Lindon
What's it about?
The life of swimming instructor Simon is turned upside down when he helps Bilal, a young Iraqi refugee stranded in Calais. Non-swimmer Bilal is determined to reunite with his fiancée in England by swimming across the English Channel. Winner of 10 international film awards, including the 2010 Lumiere Award for Best Film.

Welcome Review
Watch interview with director Philippe Lioret

 

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