• Sonoya Mizuno and Oscar Isaac in 'Ex Machina' (2014) (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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9 May 2017 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 17 May 2017 - 4:15 PM

Monday 15 May

Midnight Express


USA, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Maltese, Turkish
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt
What's it about?
In 1970, while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle 2kg of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He's told he'll be released if he cooperates with authorities to identify the person who sold him the hashish. Billy's troubles really begin when he makes a run for it and is recaptured, sentenced to four years for possession with no time for smuggling.

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Point Blank

Watch now at SBS On Demand

France, 2010
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Fred Cavayé
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Elena Anaya, Gérard Lanvin, Roschdy Zem
What's it about?
One night, happily married nurse Samuel saves the life of a mysterious car-accident victim. He soon realises the man he has saved is a violent criminal, and after his wife is kidnapped he is drawn into a web of crime and corruption.

Point Blank Review


Tuesday 16 May

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

China, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Siu-tung Ching
Starring: Jet Li, Raymond Lam
What's it about?
Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old snake demon disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a monk who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. Nominated for Best Action Choreography at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake Review

A Royal Affair

11:35pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Danish, French, German
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
What's it about?
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with his physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

A Royal Affair: Nicolaj Arcel interview
A Royal Affair Review: A captivating tale of betrayal, political intrigue and doomed love


Wednesday 17 May

The Fearless Vampire Killers


UK, 1967
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Sharon Tate, Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass, Ferdy Mayne
What's it about?
Who says Vampires are no laughing matter? Director Roman Polanski hilariously spoofs the horror genre with this tale of bumbling vampire hunters and the beautiful young damsel in distress - who is quite happy being undead. 

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An American Werewolf in London

Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 1981
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter
What's it about?
On a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Moors, David and his friend Jack are attacked by a werewolf. Jack is mauled to death but David survives and is treated in a London hospital for his injuries. But things only get worse as David gradually starts to transform from human into beast.

Why You Should Watch: An American Werewolf In London


Thursday 18 May


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

South Africa, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Zulu, Hindi, English
Director: Avie Luthra
Starring: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo
What's it about?
An odyssey marked by greed, violence and ultimately belonging, Lucky shows how a child's spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.


Friday 19 May

The Boy and the Beast

7:45pm, NITV
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Japan, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shôta Sometani
What's it about?
Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

Purple Rain

8:35pm, SBS

USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia. But another musician, Morris looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl.

“Dig if You Will the Picture: Prince and 'Purple Rain'

Painted Skin

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, 2008
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: Chinese
Director: Gordon Chan
Starring: Donnie Yen, Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, Chen Kun, Betty Sun
What's it about?
This action-fantasy opus from Hong Kong director Gordon Chan is set in the Yuan Dynasty of the 13th and 14th centuries. When a gruesome serial killer begins to strike all over the city, killing her victims by ripping out their hearts, suspicion falls on a young girl, who may be an evil fox spirit in disguise. A retired general is called into unmask the vile demon.

Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection Review


11:10pm, SBS

Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: German
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow
What's it about?
Tom Tykwer directs this sophisticated comedy about adultery and sexual experimentation. Hanna and Simon are a couple who have lived together in Berlin happily for 20 years. However, their world is shaken up when they both separately meet a handsome scientist named Adam and begin to pursue him, each eventually falling in love with him unbeknownst to the other. This fascinating German film turns the love triangle cliché on its head.


Saturday 20 May

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut


USA, 1999
Genre: Animation, Musical, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Minnie Driver, George Clooney
What's it about?
When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Phillip, they are pronounced 'corrupted', and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.

Ex Machina

9:30pm, SBS

UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson
What's it about?
An award-winning and critically acclaimed intense psychological thriller, from acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland, Ex Machina is a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence. In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle - a love triangle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

Ex Machina review: A stealthy gender inquiry

This Is Spinal Tap


USA, 1984
Genre: Music, Comedy, Musical
Language: English
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean
What's it about?
Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.

The Matrimony

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

China, 2007
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Foreign
Language: Chinese
Director: Hua-Tao Teng
Starring: Fan Bingbing, Leon Lai Ming, René Liu, Songzi Xu
What's it about?
In this supernatural thriller set against the rich backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, Junchu, a talented young cinematographer, is forced to marry the hapless Sansan after his true love, Manli, is killed in a freak accident. When Sansan discovers a mysterious locked door in their attic, Junchu forbids her to enter. But her curiosity soon gets the better of her and upon discovering the contents of the room, Sansan is compelled to make a pact she will never forget.


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