When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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SBS Movies

19 Jun 2018 - 7:02 PM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2018 - 7:07 PM

MONDAY 25 JUNE

Army of Darkness
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
What's it about?
Ash (Campbell), a hapless housewares clerk, is time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barreled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches, a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hordes of the medieval dead. The third and most broadly comic instalment in director Sam Raimi's cult-classic horror-comedy Evil Dead trilogy.

The Protector 2
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Thailand, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: Thai
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Marrese Crump, JeeJa Yanin, RZA
What's it about?
Kham is the last in a long line of traditional guards who watch over Thailand's war elephants. When one of these elephants has been stolen by low-level crime boss Suchart, Kham uncovers a major crime syndicate headed up by LC (RZA). With the help of Interpol agent Mark, Kham must fight his way to the top to get back his elephant.

Ong Bak 2
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Thailand, 2008
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Thai
Director: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Starring: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya
What's it about?
When his royal father is brutally murdered, young Tien is sold into slavery and thrown into a crocodile pit. He escapes with the help of a tribe of nomadic jungle bandits and, bent on avenging his father’s death, begins his transformation into the ultimate warrior.

TUESDAY 26 JUNE

Be Cool
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Cedric the Entertainer, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
What's it about?
Travolta returns as Chili Palmer, the streetwise mobster-turned-movie-producer from Get Shorty (1995). But this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It’s a dangerous business, and everyone’s looking for their next big hit.

WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE

Get Shorty
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1995
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. Based on the 1990 novel by Elmore Leonard, and winner of the 1995 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Travolta).

Put some chili into your Monday night with 'Get Shorty'

Top Five
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
What's it about?
A NYC comedian (Rock) tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée (Union) talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. An unexpected encounter with a journalist (Dawson) will give him an new outlook on his life and career.

Top Five Review

Species
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Forest Whitaker, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams
What's it about?
In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye.

Species review: A monster movie that's good, silly, thrilling fun

Human hybrid Sil is desperate for a baby in dumb, fun monster movie 'Species'.

THURSDAY 28 JUNE

The Italian
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Olivier Baroux
Starring: Kad Merad, Valérie Benguigui, Roland Giraud
What's it about?
Dino Fabrizi has the perfect life. He is the number one car salesman at his Maserati dealership, days away from a promotion to General Manager and has a beautiful girlfriend who wants to marry him. But this perfect life is built on a lie – Dino’s real name is Mourad Ben Saoud. Dino begins to fear the truth will come out when he is forced to observe Ramadan after a promise he made to his sick father. 

Boy
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:30PM, Fri 29 June)

M
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, ware hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality, he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein comes home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. Written, directed (and starring) Taika Waititi (Hunt For the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok).

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

FRIDAY 29 JUNE

Happy Happy
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring: Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens 
What's it about?
An easygoing housewife (Agnes Kittelsen) maintains unyielding optimism in spite of her desperate loneliness and a husband who refuses to have sex with her. When new neighbours arrive, she is drawn to their sophistication and her enthusiasm to spend time with them spills into an elicit affair with the husband. In the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere, this dark comedy explores the malleability and resilience of adult relationships.

Happy Happy Review

Cutback
1:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Rachel Bentley
What's it about?
This documentary seeks to understand the 'key' to the street and graffiti addiction. The secretive world of street art and graffiti tensions becomes visible as we follow the meteoric rise of artist E.L.K. Luke Cornish from garage artist to sell out solo show, and finally the euphoria of his first international London gallery exhibition in under three years. How long will he ride the success? With insightful commentary from graffiti and street artists, curators and collectors, the Australian street art and graffiti scene is revealed.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
7:30PM, NITV

G
Japan, 1986
Genre: Romance, Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Anna Paquin, Mark Hamill, James Van Der Beek
What's it about?
The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. From Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the team behind classics such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro.

Frida
11:00PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, Mexico, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance, Biography
Language: English
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton, Alfred Molina
What's it about?
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (Hayek, in an Oscar-nominated performance) had her life thrust into turmoil in 1925 when she was caught in the middle of a horrific traffic accident. She emerges with enormous resilience and a determination to both walk and paint again. Along the way she is supported by fellow artist and husband Diego Rivera. The couple later welcome the exiled Russian, Leon Trotsky, into their home with fraught consequences.

Hayek superb as Frida Kahlo

SATURDAY 30 JUNE

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
7:30PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Language: English
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
In this sequel to Elizabeth (1998), Queen Elizabeth (again played by Blanchett, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is fighting off dual plots for her overthrow from KIng Philip of Spain and Mary Queen of Scots. Meanhile, both Elizabeth and her lady-in-waiting become besotted with the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, recently returned from the New World.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age Review

5th World
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Navajo
Director: Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Livandrea Knoki, Sheldon Silentwalker, Ernest Tsosie III
What's it about?
Two young Navajos hitch hike home through the Navajo reservation, falling in love along the way. This debut feature from maverick Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Chasing the Light) premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Killer Joe
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Matthew McConaughey
What's it about?
When a debt puts a young man's (Hirsch) life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his mother (Gershon) in order to collect the insurance. Enter Joe (McConaughey), a cop who moonlights as a hitman. From director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection), and based on a play by acclaimed playwright Tracy Letts (Bug, August: Osage County).

Killer Joe Review

Rocky V
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith
What's it about?
The one-time champ, Rocky Balboa, has hit rock bottom and winds up in his old Philadelphia neighbourhood, broke and ostracised. He trains a young boxer, Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison), who turns ingrate. In spite of brain damage from his last fight with super-Soviet Ivan Drago, Rocky is willing to risk everything on another bout.

SUNDAY 1 JULY

The Two Escobars
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Colombia, 2010
Genre: Crime, Documentary
Language: Spanish
Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
What's it about?
While rival drug cartels warred in the streets and the country's murder rate climbed to highest in the world, the Colombian national soccer team set out to blaze a new image for their country. What followed was a mysteriously rapid rise to glory, as the team catapulted out of decades of obscurity to become one of the best teams in the world. Central to this success were two men named Escobar: Andrés, the captain and poster child of the National Team, and Pablo, the infamous drug baron who pioneered the phenomenon known in the underworld as ‘Narco-soccer’.

Buena Vista Social Club
8:35PM, NITV

G
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Wim Wenders
What's it about?
Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders have known each other for 20 years, and worked together on the feature films Paris Texas and The End of Violence. Cooder enthused Wenders with his experiences in Cuba, and wanted to record an album with veteran Ibrahim Ferrer, and all the musos who played on the Grammy winning Buena Vista Social Club album of 1997. This time Wenders a small film crew accompanied Cooder to Cuba, to record the members of that old club, musos who had started out playing in what is now a dilapidated old house in Havana, which once resounded to their fabulous music. Nominated for a 2000 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Buena Vista Social Club review: A wonderful documentary
Wim Wenders will bring 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel to the screen

Althea
10:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English 
Director: Rex Miller
What's it about?
Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

NITV celebrates trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson