We say goodbye to some great movies this month. Catch them while you still can.
18 Jan 2018 - 6:22 PM  UPDATED 22 Jan 2018 - 4:10 PM

Click each image to play the film in full at SBS On Demand. Please note that the films on this list expire at various times throughout the month (If there is no 'play' button in the image, the film is no longer available).

I Love You Phillip Morris

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Director: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
What's it about?
A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with. Stars Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor.

I Love You Phillip Morris review

Fruitvale Station

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
A true account of Oscar (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend, and being a better father to T, their daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realises that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye.

Fruitvale Station review: Indie drama shines a light on victim of violence

The Night We Called It a Day

M
Australia, 2003
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: Paul Goldman
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Joel Edgerton, Rose Byrne, Melanie Griffith, 
What's it about?
Rod Blue (Joel Edgerton) is a down-on-his-luck rock promoter who secures the ultimate coup: ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra (Dennis Hopper) on his comeback tour of Australia. All hell breaks loose however when a run in with the local press results in Sinatra and his entourage becoming hostages in their hotel room — with no water,food or phones until Sinatra apologises. But if there’s one thing Sinatra never says, that’s sorry. There are some nights you never forget.

The Night We Called It a Day review

Suburban Mayhem

MA15+
Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Paul Goldman
Starring: Emily Barclay, Michael Dorman, Robert Morgan, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
Katrina Skinner (Emily Barclay) is a single mum with a knack for manipulating the men in her life, and using sex as currency. Her beloved brother Danny (Laurence Breuls) in jail for murder, her boyfriend Rusty (Michael Dorman) is critical of her mothering, her aunt Dianne is most disapproving, and only poor, slightly 'off-centre' Kenny (Anthony Hayes) considers her wonderful without reservation. When her dad starts to urge her to get a job and generally get real, Katrina fights back...

This and That: ‘Forbidden Fruit’ and ‘Suburban Mayhem’

Beneath Clouds

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Arthur Dignam, Kevin Pitt, Judy Duncan, Athol French, Mundurra Weldon, Simon Swan, Jenna Lee Connors 
What's it about?
Winner of the 2002 AFI and IF Award for Best Director and Best Cinematography, this film tells the story of Lena, the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father; and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw the pair together and with no money or transport, they find themselves relying on each other in order to achieve their personal journeys. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from and Vaughn, believes Lena embodies the society that has rejected him. 

Beneath Clouds: A superb Australian film

 

To the Wonder

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem 
What's it about?
After visiting Mont Saint-Michel – known in France as 'the Wonder' – at the height of their love, Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck) come to Oklahoma, where problems soon arise. Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane (Rachel McAdams).

To the Wonder Review

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Rami Malek, Nate Parker 
What's it about?
The tale of an outlaw (Casey Affleck) who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara) and the daughter he has never met.

Thunderstruck

M
Australia, 2004
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Darren Ashton
Starring: Stephen Curry, Ryan Johnson, Sam Worthington, Callan Mulvey, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
After a near death experience, five Boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury their best friend next to the grave of Bon Scott. 12 years later, having gone their different ways, they come together to fulfill the promise.

Thunderstruck review

Death Defying Acts

PG, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Tim Frost, Jack Bailey, Chris Wilson, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan 
What's it about?
When in Edinburgh during his 1926 world tour, the escape artist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) offers a $10,000 to the person who can successfully contact his late mother. Marie Magarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who performs in a psychic act with her daughter (Saoirse Ronan), take up the challenge and in so doing attracts the affections of Houdini.

Sample People

MA 15+
Australia, 2000
Genre: Drama, Music, Foreign
Language: English
Director:
Starring: Kylie Minogue, Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Four groups of Sydneysiders seek escape routes over one sweltering weekend. TT (David Field), a violent drug lord, is betrayed by his mistress Jess (Kylie Minogue) and her beau Andy (Simon Lyndon), who plan on robbing him of cash and dope. Unfortunately, TT is hip to their scheming. Meanwhile, rock musician Sem (Joel Edgerton) has a vision that his girlfriend Cleo (Paula Arundell) is in peril. Sem wants to start a new life with her far away from the city, but his plans are hampered by the weirdly-epicene John (Ben Mendelsohn) who leads them astray. 

Sample People review

Black Dynamite

MA
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English, Italian
Director: Scott Sanders
Michael Jai White,Kym Whitley,Tommy Davidson,
What's it about?
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Apocalypto

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: [language]
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Báez
What's it about?
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

Human Capital

MA15+
Italy, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio
What's it about?
As the mystery of a tragic hit and run is slowly unravelled, the relationship between a wealthy family and a struggling middle-class one is exposed, revealing treachery and deceit.

Bush Christmas

Australia, United Kingdom, 1947
Genre: Family, Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Ralph Smart
Starring: Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Helen Grieve, Nicky Yardley, Stan Tolhurst, Pat Penny, Thelma Grigg, Morris Unicomb, Michael Yardley, Neza Saunders, John McCallum
What's it about?
Outback Queensland, the early 1950s. The Thompson family - struggling to keep their outback farm from foreclosure - place their financial hopes on their horse, Prince. 

About Her Brother

Japan, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôji Yamada
Starring: Ryô Kase, Yû Aoi, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Sayuri Yoshinaga
What's it about?
Academy Award nominated Director Yamada Yoji directs a contemporary drama about one foolish brother Tetsuro, and his caring older sister Ginko. A failed comedian, Tetsuro is loud, crass and just plain embarrassing. His lewd behaviour in public forces Ginko to disown him, only to be reunited with him years later when Tetsuro finds out he has terminal cancer. In the face of death, they begin a new relationship of love, understanding and toleration.

About Her Brother Review

The Words

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: [language]
Director: Lee Sternthal, Brian Klugman
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, Michael McKean
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) 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, his literary star continues to rise, but 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

 

My Awkward Sexual Adventure

MA15+
Canada, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Garrity
Starring: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen, Vik Sahay
What's it about?
When he is dumped by his girlfriend due to his less-than-satisfactory sexual prowesses, conservative accountant Jordan enlists the help of an exotic dancer to make him a better lover. He enters the world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M. This raunchy Canadian comedy will have you alternatively laugh and squirm at Jordan's hilarious attempts to learn new skills and win back his ex-girlfriend (and you will most certainly never look at cantaloupes in quite the same way again). 

Eastern Promises

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent Cassel 
What's it about?
A Russian midwife living in London is disturbed by the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old, who died whilst giving birth. Her amateur invetigations lead to her to a restaurant operated by the elderly head of an organised crime family.

Anatomy of a scene: Celebrating 10 years of Viggo Mortensen's epic fight scene from 'Eastern Promises'
Eastern Promises Review

The Counterfeiters

MA15+, 2000
Genre: Drama, Crime, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to a concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008. 

The Counterfeiters review: A stunning piece of cinema
The Counterfeiters Review

Synecdoche, New York

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Michelle Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener
What's it about?
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

My Favourite Film: Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York Review

Lovesong

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: So Yong Kim
Starring: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker
What's it about?
Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) stars in this powerful exploration of the blurred line between friendship and desire for two women. Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy's wedding.

The Blonde with Bare Breasts

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Manuel Pradal
Starring: Paul Schmidt, Steve Le Roi, Vahina Giocante, Nicolas Duvauchelle
What's it about?
Two brothers, Julien (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and Louis (Steve Le Roi), work and live on a barge on the Seine in the heart of Paris. They transport gravel and make a little money on the side through petty theft. They've grown up alone, bonded together by the course of the river. A Slav stolen goods dealer proposes a big job: to steal 'The Blonde with Bare Breasts' by Manet, exhibited at the Orsay Museum.

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)

MA15+
Hungary, 2013
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German, Hungarian
Director: János Szász
Starring: András Gyémánt, László Gyémánt, Molnár Piroska
What's it about?
In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.