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Monday 26 December

Brotherhood of the Wolf

10:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2001
Genre: Horror
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
In 18th century France, naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac and his American Indian blood brother Mani are sent to hunt for the mysterious wolf-like beast that has been killing women and children. Fronsac soon meets Jean-François de Morangias, a sour young man who lost an arm at battle, and his sister Marianne with whom he falls in love.  

Brotherhood of the Wolf review: A lavish spectacle, but a totally undisciplined one

How I Ended This Summer

12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
Russia, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky
Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis
What's it about?
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once important strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere"¦

How I Ended This Summer Review

 

Tuesday 27 December

Beasts of the Southern Wild

10:20pm, SBS VICELAND
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Jonshel Alexander
What's it about?
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father Wink in 'the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack – temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Review
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Benh Zeitlin interview

In a Better World

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

MA15+
Denmark, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen
What's it about?
In a Better World traces elements from a drab refugee camp in Sudan to the gray humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.

In a Better World Review

 

Wednesday 28 December

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
What's it about?
Not since Woodstock has there been a concert with so much love. In the summer of 2004, an excited crowd of strangers board a bus to Brooklyn to join comedian Dave Chappelle at his block party. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed venue not far away, Dave is greeting musicians such as Jill Scott, The Fugees, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Cody Chestnut, who have all come to perform at the party.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party Review

Four Lions

10:15pm, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Christopher Morris
Starring: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar
What's it about?
Tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. Four Lions is a comic tour de force, which shows that - while terrorism is about ideology - it can also be about idiots. Winner of a BAFTA and nominated for two British Comedy Awards.

Four Lions: Kayvan Novak interview
Four Lions: most definitely an alternate view
Four Lions Review

 

Thursday 29 December

Gridlock'd

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring: Tim Roth, Thandie Newton, Tupac Shakur
What's it about?
After a friend overdoses, two heroin addicts, Spoon and Stretch, decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government-funded rehab program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another, while being chased by drug dealers and the police.

The Horde

10:20pm, SBS VICELAND
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Benjamin Rocher, Yannick Dahan
Starring: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney, Aurélien Recoing
What's it about?
Four hard-boiled cops out to avenge the murder of a colleague raid an abandoned complex which serves as a hide-out for the gang of suspected killers. But the operation quickly spirals out of control as zombies storm the complex threatening both cops and criminals alike and forcing them to band together to survive.

 

Friday 30 December

All Is Lost

8:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
What's it about?
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a sailor wakes to find his yacht is leaking after a collision with an abandoned shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. As one catastrophe follws another, the man finds himself staring his mortality in the face. An extraordinary tale of survival from writer/director J.C. Chandor.

All Is Lost review
SBS: All at Sea movie season

Project A Part II

10:45pm, SBS VICELAND
Available after broadcast

M
Hong Kong, 1987
Genre: Martial Arts, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Jackie Chan, Wai-Man Chan
What's it about?
Having rid the high seas of the dreaded pirate Lo, Dragon Ma is back on land. This time he is assigned to the police force, where he is to clean up crime in a local district. Along the way, he is caught up in the fate of several Chinese patriots attempting to secure sympathy and support for their revolutionary cause.

Thanks for Sharing

11:00pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins
What's it about?
A recovering sex addict tries not to fall off the wagon as he woos a new girlfriend who feels the need to express her rampant sexuality. 

Thanks for Sharing Review

Higher Learning

12:35am, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Romance, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube
What's it about?
Malik is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge, a "professional student" who has been at Columbus for six years so far, becomes friendly with Malik and challenges his views about race and politics in America.

 

Saturday 31 December

The Words

8:35pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Lee Sternthal, Brian Klugman
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen has finally achieved long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch: he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 

The Words: interview
The Words Review

Do the Right Thing

10:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What's it about?
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Do the Right Thing review: A remarkable achievement

 

Sunday 1 January

Spirited Away

1:50pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation/3D
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Jack Angel, Suzanne Pleshette, Daveigh Chase, Michael Chiklis
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts, and strange creatures. Award-winning animation directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, and voices by Daveigh Chase and Suzanne Pleshette.

Spirited Away: An extremely accomplished animation

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)

Howl’s Moving Castle

4:10pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2004
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation/3D
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

In My Country

9:30pm, NITV 

M
UK, Ireland, South Africa, 2004
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Afrikaans, English
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Anna Malan and Langston Whitfield must both question their sense of identity, where they belong and their personal responsibility.

 

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