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4 Jan 2016 - 11:34 AM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2016 - 9:17 AM

Monday 4 January


10:35pm, SBS 2

Spain/Mexico, 2010
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández, Ruben Ochandiano
What's it about?
A powerful tale of love and fatherhood. Uxbal, a petty criminal, struggles to take care of his two children after his alcoholic wife abandons them. But his world falls apart when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness and his death becomes imminent. Nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor (Javier Bardem).

Bardem plays Biutiful on- and off-screen
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All That Glitters

11:55pm, SBS

France, 2010
Director: Géraldine Nakache, Hervé Mimran
Starring: Leïla Bekhti, Géraldine Nakache, Virginie Ledoyen
What's it about?
For two bored girls from the suburbs, the bright lights of Paris promise a glamorous movie-star lifestyle. Ely and Lila have been best friends since childhood and, although hailing from the wrong side of tracks, both dream of being accepted into the city's high society. And they're willing to do just about anything - from petty mischief to serious deception - in order to make that happen. Nominated for Best First Film at the 2011 César Awards.


Tuesday 5 January

The Tour: The Blunder Down Under

9:30pm, NITV
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Australia, 2015
Director: Corey Hague
Starring: Gene Snitsky, Chris Masters, Carlito, Rob 'The Ironman' Conway
What's it about?
A mockumentary about a hopeless wrestling promotor who gambles it all on one tour with a dream team of professional wrestlers from the United States.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

12:00am, SBS
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Sweden, 2009
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Annika Hallin, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
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 and The 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.


Wednesday 6 January


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

USA, 2013
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, John Heard
What's it about?
Check your cynicism at the door. A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, and unleashes airborne sharks on the population. What else do you need to know?!

Sharknado 2: The Second One

10:10pm, SBS 2
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USA, 2014
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox
What's it about?
Because why not. A Category 7 Hurricane spawns heavy rain, winds, storm surges, and deadly Sharknadoes, bound for the Big Apple. 

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Thursday 7 January

Not Quite Hollywood

9:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Australia, 2008
Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Graeme Blundell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Quentin Tarantino
What's it about?
An eye-popping celebration of Australian cult films of the '70s and early '80s. It was the era when Australian cinema got its gear off and flashed the world a full-frontal explosion of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the-floor action. It's chockas with adrenaline-pumping film clips and outrageous anecdotes from Ozploitation fans and survivors, including Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Jamie Lee Curtis and Barry Humphries.

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Love and Rage

11:30pm, SBS
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Denmark, 2000
Director: Morten Giese
Starring: Dejan Cukic, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Cyron Bjørn Melville
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. Winner of Best Actor (Cyron Bjørn Melville) at the 2009 Montréal World Film Festival.


Friday 8 January

Cold Mountain

9:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2004
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Jude Law
What's it about?
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. 

Cold Mountain Review
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Rurouni Kenshin

10:00pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Japan, 2012
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Kôji Kikkawa, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki
What's it about?
In 1868 Japan, a new era dawns when the shogun's forces are defeated by a samurai uprising under a lone swordsman known as Battosai the Killera. Once legendary for his killing prowess, Battosai becomes a wanderer under the name of Kenshin Himura and vows never to kill again. But things are not so simple: faced with those who wish to return Japan to times of darkness, Kenshin grapples with the consequences of his decision.


Saturday 9 January

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

6:00pm, SBS 2

Japan, 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf, Alison Lohman
What's it about?
A gentle young princess has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources. 

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American Beauty

8:30pm, SBS

USA, 1999
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
What's it about?
A sexually frustrated magazine writer and his real estate agent wife lead a materially comfortable but emotionally barren life in the suburbs, with their disillusioned teenage daughter. The appearance of the latter's school friend inspires an epiphany and inspires him to quit his job and lead a carefree life. 

American Beauty review: Intelligent, witty and beautifully shot
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Sunday 10 January

Half Baked

9:30pm, NITV

USA, 1998
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer
What's it about?
This high-as-a-kite comedy centres around three hapless New York City friends who turn to dealing drugs after their friend and roommate is arrested for accidentally killing a police horse. 

The Madness of King George

11:55pm, SBS
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UK, 1994
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Graves, Rupert Everett
What's it about?
Nicholas Hytner’s much awarded 1994 drama, based on Alan Bennett's West End play, features an extraordinary performance by Nigel Hawthorne. George III's erratic behaviour leads to a plot in Parliament to have him declared insane and removed from the throne.


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