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18 Sep 2017 - 10:37 AM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2017 - 10:37 AM


France, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: French
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent
What's it about?
Based on a true story, Séraphine delves into the relationship between naïve painter Séraphine Louis (1864–1942) and art collector Wilhelm Uhde. In a little town north of Paris, Séraphine works as a maid for Madame Duphot, who rents an apartment to German art critic and dealer Wilhelm Uhde, an enthusiastic advocate of modern and primitive artists. In her spare time, Séraphine paints, with anything she can find – wine, mud, a mixture of fruits and flowers. When Wilhelm comes across one of her paintings, he is instantly mesmerised and insists that Séraphine show him the rest of her work. So begins a nurturing relationship that will expose Séraphine's work to the world. But as Séraphine paints her most inspired canvas, the power of her work leads her into the realms of madness.

Get Shorty

Genre: Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, John Travolta
What's it about?
A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

Killing Them Softly

MA15+, 2012
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt
What's it about?
Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is an enforcer, and when the mob's rules get broken, Cogan is called in to take care of business. This time a high-stakes card game has been held up by an unknown gang of thugs. Calculating, ruthless, businesslike, and with a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses, Cogan plies his trade, moving among a variety of hoods, hangers-on, and big-timers, tracking those responsible, and returning "law and order" to the lawless Boston underworld.

Killing Them Softly review: Crafty heist thriller takes its cues from Wall Street

Tuesday 19 September

Mid-August Lunch

[country], 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Starring: Maria Calì, Marina Cacciotti, Valeria De Franciscis, Gianni Di Gregorio
What's it about?
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities'. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That's when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni's door in the most unexpected way.

Wednesday 20 September 

Forever Enthralled

Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Leon Lai, Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hong Chen
What's it about?
Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai) was a a national icon in China, and the biggest Peking opera star of modern times, most famous for playing female roles. The film traces the key moments in Mei’s life: from the duel on stage between a youthful Mei and his once-legendary master, his extra-marital affair with fellow opera singer Meng Xiaodong (Zhang Ziyi), his success on his 1930 US tour, to his decision to stop performing following the Japanese occupation of Beijing in 1937.

Attack on Titan: Part 2

Japan, 2015
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Action, Fantasy, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongô, Hiroki Hasegawa, Nanami Sakuraba, Satomi Ishihara, Jun Kunimura, Rina Takeda, Takahiro Miura, Ayame Misaki, Pierre Taki, Shu Watanabe, Matsuo Satoru
What's it about?
Eren (Haruma Miura) leaves to restore a break in the wall destroyed by a Titan. He comes under attack by the Titans and is cornered. Shikishima (Hiroki Hasegawa) comes to his aid. The titans never stops attacking. Eren is now injured and tries to protect Armin (Kanata Hongo), but is swallowed by a titan. A Titan with black hair appears and begins to expel the other titans.

The Last House on The Left

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Wes Craven
What's it about?
This remake of late, great Wes Craven's 1972 original follows a teenage girl Mari, who is kidnapped and assaulted by a prison escapee and his crew (which includes Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul). Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope is to make it back to her parents' remote lake house. Unfortunately, that's also where her attackers are headed.

How Wes Craven redefined horror 

The Guard
SBS, 2.10am (Thu)

Ireland, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Rory Keenan, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Three drug-dealers are planning to land half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine off the west coast of Ireland. The only men standing in their way are a straight-laced FBI Agent Everett (Don Cheadle) and a hard-living Galway Guard (Brendan Gleeson).  A riotous buddy comedy that could only be made in Ireland, it rightly netted Gleeson an Oscar nomination.    

The Guard: John Michael McDonagh interview
The Guard: Crime comedy, Irish style
The Guard Review

Thursday 21 September 


Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Chi-kin Kwok, Clement Sze-Kit Cheng
Starring: Teddy Robin Kwan, Kuan Tai Chen, Siu-Lung Leung
What's it about?
Kung fu experts Tiger (Siu-Lung Leung) and Dragon (Kuan Tai Chen) were able to defeat any opponent until their master (Teddy Robin Kwan) fell into a long coma. Now they must protect their restaurant from encroaching gangsters on their own.

The Dark Horse

NITV, 9.30pm 
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Napier Robertson
Starring: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
What's it about?
The true story of New Zealand chess champion Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis), a man who, despite having to face challenges on his own, finds purpose teaching chess to the children in his community in the hope of helping them avoid a life of crime and violence.

James Napier Robertson on The Dark Horse and the new wave of New Zealand cinema
The Dark Horse Review

Road, Movie
SBS, 12.15am

India, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Language: Hindi
Director: Dev Benegal
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Mohammed Faizal Usmani
What's it about?
Vishnu (Abhay Deol) is itching to escape his father's dying hair oil business and grabs his chance to freedom when he is asked to drive an old Chevy truck across the desert to to be sold at a museum the coast. During his journey across the harsh terrain, Vishnu picks up a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee) and together they roam the land in search of water and an elusive fare. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious water lord.

Friday 22 September 

The Life Coach

France, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Doran
Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Richard Berry, Anne Maravin
What's it about?
Maximilien Chêne (Richard Berry) is a professional life coach with a gambling problem. After his wife throws him out, Max is approached to take on a new client. The reward would help him repay all his gambling debts.  

Twice Upon a Time
NITV, 7.30pm

USA, 1988

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Korty, Charles Swenson
What's it about?
Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares. This animated fantasy was produced by George Lucas.

The Talented Mr Ripley
SBS, 8.40pm

M, 1999
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon
What's it about?
Set in the late '50s, Tom Ripley, a poor underachiever, convinces a wealthy shipyard owner, Greenleaf, that he knew his son from Princeton university. Little does Greenleaf know that Tom borrowed his Princeton jacket only to play piano at the garden party. See Tom is a personable young man, always on the lookout for a profitable angle, so when Greenleaf offers him $1000 to find his son Dickie Greenleaf and convince him to return home, Tom packs his suitcase and heads to Italy.

The Talented Mr Ripley Review

Saturday 23 September

The Man from Nowhere

Korea, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Starring: Hyo-seo Kim, Thanayong Wongtrakul, Jong-pil Lee, Seong-oh Kim, Hee-won Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Sae-ron Kim, Bin Won
What's it about?
Cha Tae-Sik, known only as 'ajusshi' in his neighborhood, is an ex-special agent who runs a pawn shop in a seedy part of town. His only friend is a young girl named So-Mi, who comes over when her junkie mother Hyo-Jeong has men over. One day, Hyo-Jeong comes into the shop and pawns a bag with a camera, which Cha Tae-Sik accepts, unaware that the bag contains heroin she stole from the nightclub. The mafia comes looking for their drugs and kidnap So-Mi and her mother when they can't find anything. They promise to release both of them, only if Cha Tae-Sik makes a delivery for them.

Cell 211
SBS, 11.50pm

Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniel Monzon
Starring: Antonio Resines, Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar
What's it about?
A new prison guard (Alberto Ammann) gets a baptism of fire on his first day, when the inmates riot and take over the prison. Abandoned by his colleagues, he is forced to swap sides and pose as a new prisoner in order to survive, but the situation deteriorates when the escalating violence turns political.

Cell 211 Review

The Rocket
SBS, 1.50am

Australia, Laos, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Lao
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Starring: Sitthiphon 'Ki' Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam
What's it about?
A so-called cursed boy (Sitthiphon 'Ki' Disamoe) from Laos enters a rocket-building competition.

The Rocket lifts the lid on Laos
The Rocket Review

Sunday 24 September

Venus and Serena
NITV, 10pm

United States, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Starring: Venus Williams, Serena Willams
What's it about?
/Venus and Serena/ takes an honest and unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of sisters and tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. Through the prism of one year in their lives, the film tells the untold story of how these two great stars came to be and how they struggle to stay on top.

SBS On Demand: 'Venus and Serena' charts the making of two champions