Browsing the SBS On Demand catalogue can be overwhelming - there's a lot of great films in there that are worth your attention. But how do you know which movie is the movie for you to watch right now? There's just too much choice.
Take a breath and relax. We're here to help with a curated list of some of the under-recognised great films that are streaming right now for you to enjoy. Some of these you will have heard of, but others may have gotten past you entirely. Rest assured, all of them are compelling films worthy of your time and attention.
Eye In The Sky
Eye in the Sky is a smart, politically charged thriller set on the cutting edge of drone warfare. When UK intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powel (Mirren) discovers the terrorists she is tracking are planning a deadly suicide attack, her mission escalates from “capture” to “kill”. American drone pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is poised to engage when, suddenly, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone. With a terrific ensemble cast, Eye in the Sky deftly explores the ethical conundrum of collateral damage; should one innocent life be sacrificed to save hundreds more? Moving at a heart-racing pace, Eye in the Sky takes us into a moral and political minefield, where every decision comes at a steep price.
Living in poverty in a shared studio apartment in Los Angeles, two brothers (Justin and Aaron) receive a mysterious videotape in a box that seems to have been shipped through a hundred countries before arriving on their doorstep. On it, a Heaven’s Gate-esque cult member talks about an impending “Ascension”. We learn that the brothers were raised in this cult, and fled from it a decade ago because Justin pulled Aaron out when he became aware of an impending mass suicide. But this tape seems to say otherwise -- their old family is alive and well, which opens a crack in the brothers’ relationship: why did Justin pull Aaron away from the only family he’s ever known, lie about their mass suicide, and have him live this destitute life? On Aaron’s insistence, they go back to their homestead deep in the high desert forest of the southwest in order to get some closure. But when they arrive, they discover that the “cult” might not really be a cult at all, and they’re not certain just how welcome back they are. And there seems to be a dark truth to the commune’s otherworldly beliefs that suggest the laws of the natural world may be very different than we assume, which propels THE ENDLESS into a Lovecraftian tale about brotherhood, giving up your personal autonomy, and history’s weird, malevolent tendency to repeat itself.
Saoirse Ronan plays a fish out of water Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with an Italian-American local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. This wistful romantic drama was based on the novel of the same name bu Colin Toibin, with the screenplay penned by Nick Hornby.
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
When two brothers organise the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax. Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marissa Tomei.
Class and race clash violently in Mathieu Kassovitz's unforgettable account of hatred and revenge in suburban Paris. As powerful and relevant today as it was when it was released more than 20 years ago, this masterpiece was nominated for the Palme d'Or, and launched the career of Vincent Cassel (Black Swan).
At the heart of this humorous paean to the joys of food is the young widow Tampopo, who is struggling to make ends meet running a noodle restaurant. When truck driver Goro helps her young son, he is rewarded with a serve of very bad noodles. Goro tells Tampopo the awful truth about her cooking, and together they set out to create the perfect bowl of noodles.
The Reluctant Infidel
Mahmud Nasir, a successful business owner and East End Muslim, discovers that he's adopted and Jewish. In order to see his estranged father, Mahmud must adopt his Jewish heritage and set aside old prejudices. Stars: Archie Punjabi, Omid Djalili, and Richard Schiff.
This bittersweet drama, a surprise hit at the 2016 Cannes Festival, sees a prank-loving father, Winfried, trying to reconnect with his hard-working daughter Ines. When he decides to surprise her with a visit in Bucharest, where she pursues a stressful career as a corporate strategist, he is promptly sent back home to Germany. But Toni is not easily defeated and barges again into his daughter's life, this time as his alter-ego Toni Erdmann, a life coach sporting a weird wig and fake teeth. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, but Ines rises up to the challenge, and madness soon ensues.
The Red Turtle
Gorgeously animated, this wordless story by Studio Ghibli about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature.
The Two Faces of January
After he kills a detective, a con artist and his wife must trust a potentially dangerous stranger to help them get out of Greece.