When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS 2, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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28 Jul 2016 - 11:35 AM  UPDATED 2 Aug 2016 - 9:55 AM

Monday 1 August

Big Ass Spider!

9:25pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Mike Mendez
Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lin Shaye, Ruben Pla
What's it about?
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and goes on a rampage through the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a duo of unlikely heroes - a clever exterminator and a hospital security guard - to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Black Sheep

10:55pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
New Zealand, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
What's it about?
Suffering sheep-phobia after his father's death plunge trying to save a sheep, Henry returns to his family's farm to sell out to his older brother, who is experimenting with genetic engineering on the sheep with a group of scientists. When a couple of animal activists inadvertently release a mutant lamb into the farm, it spreads a nasty bug which turns all the sheep into bloodthirsty predators.

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Tuesday 2 August

Radiance

1:30am, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Rachel Maza, Trisha Morton Evans
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy, the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae, has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona, the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family.

Radiance Review

 

Wednesday 3 August

Grabbers

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

M
Ireland/UK, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director: Jon Wright
Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey
What's it about?
The inhabitants of quiet island off the coast of Ireland are helpless when they find themselves under attack by bloodsucking tentacled creatures from the sea, until they discover that the creatures don't attack people who have a high blood alcohol content. Getting drunk seems like the only way to survive and the town soon organises a big party at the local pub.

Half Baked

10:15pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 1998
Genre: Comedy
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, Jim Breuer, Snoop Dogg
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. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke.

The Lunchbox

12:40am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

PG
India, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
In Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, a meal made by an unhappy young housewife mistakenly lands in the hands of a widower. After realising the mix up, the strangers begin to communicate through a series of letters, revealing a little more of themselves each time.

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
The Lunchbox Review

 

Thursday 4 August

The Proposition

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Western
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother, in order to save his youngest brother from the noose.

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition
The Proposition Review

RoboGeisha

11:55pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Japan, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi
Language: Japanese
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Naoto Takenaka, Aya Kiguchi, Hitomi Hasebe, Takumi Saitô
What's it about?
Shy Yoshie plays second-fiddle to her big sister Kikue, a popular hostess at the local geisha house. Both women fall under the sway of Hikaru Kageno, heir to a valuable steel company, who has developed an insane but ingenious secret plan to turn geishas into high-tech robotic assassins in a bid to destroy Japan.

 

Friday 5 August

Ali

8:30pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Sport, Biography
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
What's it about?
Behind Mohammad Ali's seismic accomplishments, superstar Will Smith and Academy Award nominated writer and director Michael Mann will take you into the heart and life of the boxer, the legend, and more importantly, the man.   

Muhammad Ali and the importance of identity
'Ali' director Michael Mann on The Greatest, the man behind the movie (Guest Column)
SBS: Making History season

Ip Man 2

10:25pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
China/Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, History, Drama
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
What's it about?
Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan (Sammo Hung).

Love in a Puff

11:30pm, SBS

M
Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Starring: Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, Shawn Yue
What's it about?
After Hong Kong implements an indoor smoking ban, an impulsive seven-day affair begins between two people who meet at a popular gathering spot for office smokers. Winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2011 Hong Kong Film Awards.

 

Saturday 6 August

Ponyo

5:05pm, SBS 2

M
Japan, 2008
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
What's it about?
This animated adventure, from acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki, centres on five-year-old Sosuke and his friendship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human. When a powerful magic threatens to destroy the world, the two friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save the planet. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.

Ponyo Review

Creation

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

PG
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama, Biography
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Benedict Cumberbatch
What's it about?
What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, conceives a book which will prove the non-existence of God? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work 'The Origin of Species'. It tells of a global revolution played out the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child.

Creation Review

True Legend

11:40pm, SBS 2

M
China, 2010
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Director: Yuen Woo-Ping
Starring: Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh
What's it about?
Su Qi-Er, a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero known as the "King of Beggars".

 

Sunday 7 August

Nanga Parbat

1:00pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

PG
Germany, 2010
Genre: Drama
Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
Starring: Florian Stetter, Karl Markovics, Andreas Tobias, 
What's it about?
In 1970 Reinhold Messner, one of the world's greatest mountain climbers, and his brother Günther were invited to join an expedition to climb Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world and one of the most treacherous. What began as a team effort soon turned to tragedy when the brothers attempted to summit on their own. Winner of a special award, the Earth Grand Prix, at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival.

Nanga Parbat Review

Only Lovers Left Alive

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

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, Adam, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover, Eve. Their love story has already endured several centuries, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by Eve's wild and uncontrollable sister, Ava.

Tilda Swinton interview: Only Lovers Left Alive
Only Lovers Left Alive Review
SBS On Demand: Tilda Swinton collection
Top 5 Tilda Swinton performances

Monsieur Lazhar

11:25pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Canada, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Starring: Mohamed Saïd Fellag, Danielle Proulx, Sophie Nélisse
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.

Monsieur Lazhar Review

 

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