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Monday 2 January

The Iceman

Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2012
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ariel Vromen
Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta
What's it about?
Richard Kuklinski is a bit player in the porn industry. He comes to the attention of a mob boss who appreciates Richard's iciness. Soon Richard is contracting hits, often partnering with Robert, who has an ingenious method of body disposal. All the while, Richard appears to be a loving family man, keeping his sociopathic tendencies away from his devoted wife and children.

The Iceman: Michael Shannon interview
The Iceman Review


Tuesday 3 January

Magic Magic

Watch now at SBS On Demand

Chile, USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Sebastián Silva
Starring: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning
What's it about?
When Alicia flies from California to Chile in order to spend time with her cousin Sarah, she finds herself taken on an island holiday with Sarah's friends. Unable to speak the language, Alicia grows anxious at her unfamiliar surroundings and when Sarah has to leave, Alicia's social isolation and insomnia take hold, leading to increasingly erratic behaviour.

Magic Magic: Juno Temple interview
Magic magic Review

Sword of Desperation

11:40pm, SBS

Japan, 2010
Genre: Action, History
Language: Japanese
Director: Hideyuki Hirayama
Starring: Kôji Kikkawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Etsushi Toyokawa
What's it about?
When highly respected samurai Kanemi Sanzaemon murders one of his Lord's concubine in cold blood, he is thrown into solitary confinement for twelve months. However, through a series of flashbacks, we learn that there were noble intentions behind Kanemi's murderous act. Nominated for the Grand Prix des Amériques at the 2010 Montréal World Film Festival.

Sword of Desperation Review


Wednesday 4 January

Piranha 3DD

Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2012
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Gulager
Starring: David Hasselhoff, Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, Gary Busey
What's it about?
Having awoken from their spring break extravaganza at Lake Victoria, the piranha swarm heads upstream where they look to make a meal out of Big Wet, a local water park. The staff and patrons get more than they bargained for when they must face the fiercest, most bloodthirsty piranhas yet. 

The Grump

11:50pm, SBS

Finland, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Finnish, Russian
Director: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Antti Litja, Mari Perankoski, Petra Frey, Ilkka Forss
What's it about?
A stubbornly traditional eighty-year-old farmer — whose social attitudes verge on the prehistoric — raises hell when he is forced to move in with his sadsack, city-dwelling son and domineering daughter-in-law, in this hilarious social satire based on the wildly popular novel by Finnish author Tuomas Kyrö.


Thursday 5 January


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

New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu
What's it about?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.

Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s

Pan's Labyrinth


Spain, Mexico, USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sergi López, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Álex Angulo
What's it about?
In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. A richly imagined and exquisitely violent fantasy from writer-director Guillermo del Toro. Winner of multiple prestigious awards such as the 2007 Oscars for Best Achievement in Art, Cinematography and Makeup, and the 2007 BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language.

Pan's Labyrinth Review


Friday 6 January

Akeelah and the Bee

7:30pm, NITV

USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Doug Atchison
Starring: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong
What's it about?
Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah doesn't give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.


8:30pm, SBS

USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist
What's it about?
Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing his life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity.

Whiplash treats music school like a warzone (interview)
Whiplash Review

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon


China, 2013
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: Mandarin
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Shaofeng Feng, Kim Bum, Angelababy, Mark Chao, Carina Lau
What's it about?
From legendary action director Tsui Hark comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. Detective Dee's first assignment with the Imperial police finds the city in fear of sea monsters, which is only the beginning. His investigation finds more earthbound threats from the highest corridors of power.

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Review


Saturday 7 January



USA, 1979
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
What's it about?
The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet in a remote region of the galaxy. The crew must investigate any signal indicating possible intelligent life. What begins as a routine search mission quickly escalates into a nightmare of unimaginable terror when they discover and bring aboard an extraterrestrial life form.


10:30pm, NITV

Australia, 1993
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director Tracey Moffatt.

BeDevil review: A strange, exciting film


Watch now at SBS On Demand

UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able
What's it about?
After NASA discovered the possibility of alien life in our solar system, a probe is sent out to collect samples but crash lands on re-entry over Mexico. Soon after, new life forms begin to appear in Mexico and half the country is quarantined as an infected zone. A touching and romantic film about two people who bond under extraordinary circumstance.

Monsters: Gareth Edwards interview
Monsters Review


Sunday 8 January


9:30pm, NITV

Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Carstairs
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Clarence John Ryan, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is about two 15 year-old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The boys try to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate. 

September Review


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