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13 May 2016 - 4:17 PM  UPDATED 13 May 2016 - 4:17 PM

Monday 16 May

Young Adult

9:25pm, SBS 2

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
What's it about?
Mavis Gary is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart. However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate, who has also found it difficult to move past high school.

Read ★★★ review
SBS 2: #WrongComs movie season

Hollywood Shuffle

11:10pm, SBS 2

USA, 1987
Genre: Comedy
Director: Robert Townsend
Starring: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin
What's it about?
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.

Watch The Movie Show original ★★★★ review
SBS 2: #WrongComs movie season


Wednesday 18 May

Phantom of the Paradise

8:55pm, SBS 2

USA, 1974
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Music, Thriller
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham
What's it about?
Brian de Palma's insightful sature on the 1970s rock world. Swan is a powerful and mysterious impresario who both steals a rock cantata from Winslow Leach (William Finley) and frames him for a crime he didn't commit. Now with a desire for vengeance, Winslow plots revenge and haunts the Paradise, Swan's lavish new rock club.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Cool Musicals season

Streets of Fire

10:40pm, SBS 2

USA, 1984
Genre: Action, Thriller, Music
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
Tom Cody and Ellen Aim grew up in the Chicago, street fighting 'Richmond District'. They used to be in love, but haven't seen each other in a few years. Ellen, now a beautiful, young rock singer, has been kidnapped by a gang of merciless bikers led by Raven Shaddock. Cody, hired by her manager, will battle through dangerous cityscapes of neon-lit streets, fast cars, and killer assassins, to get her back.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Cool Musicals season


Thursday 19 May

Harlem Nights

9:30pm, NITV

USA, 1989
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director: Eddie Murphy
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx
What's it about?
"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.


Friday 20 May

Ip Man

10:15pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Biography, Action
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Siu-Wong Fan, Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Ka Tung Lam
What's it about?
Donnie Yen stars as the eminent Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster, Yip Man, who was renowned for teaching Bruce Lee the secrets of the art he became famous for. Winner of Best Picture and Best Action Choreography at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards. Directed by Wilson Yip and also stars Simon Yam and Siu-Wong Fan.


Saturday 21 May


5:35pm, SBS 2

France, 2009
Genre: Drama
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Starring: Nicolas Brioudes, Pom Klementieff, Min Man Ma
What's it about?
Filmed on location in the striking Siberian mountains, 16-year-old Sergei has been entrusted to drive his clan's reindeer herd across the summer pastures and protect them with his life against the wolves that hunt them. Trained from childhood to kill the dreaded wolves, he is forced to question his mission when he comes face to face with some wolf cubs and their mother.

The Commitments

9:30pm, SBS

Ireland/UK/USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Music
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
What's it about?
Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his back yard, a lead singer at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan.

Watch The Movie Show original ★★★★ ½ review: A near-perfect film

A Band Called Death

9:30pm, NITV
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary, Music
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Starring: Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, David Hackney
What's it about?
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently – when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday – that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

10:20pm, SBS 2

Spain, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Penélope Cruz).

It’s three the easy way in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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The Vicious Kind

12:05am, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
Caleb Sinclair reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Caleb, who recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend is very wary of relationships, and warns Peter that Emma will hurt him. Caleb can’t stop himself from becoming infatuated with her; as his feelings grow, he must decide whether to act on his feelings or protect his brother’s first love.

The Tree of Life

1:50am, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Director Terrence Malick traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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Why You Should Watch: The Tree of Life
Read ★★★ ½ review


Sunday 22 May

The Children Of Diyarbakir

2:00am, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Germany, 2009
Genre: Drama
Director: Miraz Bezar
Starring: Senay Orak, Muhammed Al, Hakan Karsak.
What's it about?
First-time director Miraz Bezar presents a raw and confronting story set in Diyarbakir, Turkey, in the 1990s. Ten-year-old Gulistan and her younger brother Firat are normal, happy-go-lucky kids until they witness the murder of their journalist father and mother by a secret paramilitary force. After their caretaker auntie also disappears in mysterious circumstances, the children are left to fend for themselves on the tough streets of one of Turkey's most dangerous cities. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Ghent International Film Festival.


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