• From left: Bowling For Columbine, Ray, Paris Can Wait, We Own The Night (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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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13 Dec 2019 - 11:28 AM  UPDATED 13 Dec 2019 - 11:33 AM

For highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) from 16 - 22 December:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 16 - 22 December
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

Message from Mungo
12:00PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER

Bowling For Columbine
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Marilyn Manson
What's it about?
Driven by moral agitation, Michael Moore explores the culture of violence in an America traumatised by terrorism, teenage killers and economic inequality. Moore puts the hard questions to trigger-happy suburbanites and militia members, alongside the likes of National Rifle Association spokesman Charlton Heston, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, South Park co-creator Matt Stone and surviving students of the Columbine High School shootings. More topical now than ever, the film was the winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Bowling For Columbine review: A tremendously emotional and provocative piece of work.

Dying Laughing
1:55AM, SBS

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood
Featuring: Jerry Lewis, Steve Coogan, Omid Djalili, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Chris Rock
What's it about?
A candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living, containing original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road - all from a comedian's point of view.

WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER

Saint
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Holland, 2010
Genre: Horror
Language: Dutch
Director: Dick Maas
Starring: Huub Stapel, Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen
What's it about?
Every 36 years, St. Niklas (Stapel) rises from the dead at Christmas time and takes violent revenge for his murder. Only Frank (Weeber) survives this twisted Santa’s latest massacre, but no one is willing to believe his warnings of imminent yuletide horror.

Horns
11:05PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Max Minghella
What's it about?
Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend, Ignatius Perrish (Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with new supernatural powers, he sets out to find the true killer. From Alexandre Aja, director of Crawl and High Tension.

Monsieur Chocolat
11:45PM, SBS

M
France, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Roschdy Zem
Starring: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet
What's it about?
Tells the life story of Rafael Padilla (Sy), a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit (Thiérrée), a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him. For two decades, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever.

THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER

Ray
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Harry Lennix, Regina King, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
The story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Jamie Foxx as the blind prodigy. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit.

FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER

Almost Christmas
7:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins
What's it about?
A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died. In a review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman described it as "a heartwarming gripe-and-grouchfest that pushes a lot of buttons, though with a vivacity that’s exuberantly funny and sincere."

Anori
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:30AM)

PG
Greenland, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Pipaluk Jorgensen
Starring: Nûkaka Coster-Waldau, Angunnguaq Larsen, Ujarneq Fleischer 
What's it about?
Steeped in Greenlandic myths, this is a tragic love story inspired by the old Greenlandic myths. The film tells the story of Anori, a woman who believes only in all that is good in life, but when is confronted by the dark forces of nature is determined to bring back the light. This modern story - set amongst the incredible Greenlandic landscapes and the intensely crowded New York - takes you on a journey where myth comes to life.

Paris Can Wait
11:20PM, SBS

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard
What's it about?
Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and much more.

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

PG
USA, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Featuring: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Ingrid Berry, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley
What's it about?
For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembled a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself, and long-time Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician, and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others.

The Unicorn
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Robert Schwartzman
Starring: Lauren Lapkus, Nick Rutherford, Lucy Hale, Dree Hemingway, Beverly D'Angelo
What's it about?
An engaged couple (Lapkus & Rutherford) is forced to visit Palm Springs for a weekend to celebrate her parents’ 25th wedding vow renewal and discover the apparent secret to their happy marriage — threesomes. Determined to properly celebrate their own “re-engagement,” they set out on a wild night in search of a threesome of their own but the experience takes an intense turn, exposing deeper relationship problems and threatening their future together.

The Godfather: Part III
8:35PM, SBS

M
Italy, USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna
What's it about?
Michael Corleone (Pacino) has a strong desire to escape the corruption of his 'family business', but fate and circumstance dictate otherwise. It seems all the power on Earth can't change destiny - every time Michael tries to get out and 'go legit', he's pulled back in.

The Movie Show reviews The Godfather Part 3 (Episode 03, 1991)

Frank & Lola
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Language: English, French
Director: Matthew Ross
Starring: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist
What's it about?
A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption. Frank (Shannon) and Lola (Poots) build an intense relationship that saves each other from their mutual despair, but then begins to crack as a man from Lola’s past threatens to destroy her future with Frank.

Breaking a Monster
10:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Chronicles the break-out year of a heavy metal band of 13-year-old African American boys as they first encounter the music industry, leaving childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of preteens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

Hell or High Water
11:45PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham
What's it about?
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Birmingham). Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Bridges).

Hell or High Water review: A haunting, humanist western

'Hell or High Water' was a high point of 2016.

The Thieves
1:35AM, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Starring: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim
What's it about?
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye (Lee) and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves.    

The Thieves review: Korean heist film has got the goods

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER

Woodstock
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: History, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron
What's it about?
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event - one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. Occurring just weeks after an American set foot on the moon, the Woodstock music festival took place against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. 

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

The Score
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett
What's it about?
Career thief Nick Wells (De Niro) is about to mastermind a nearly impossible theft that will require his joining forces with a clever young accomplice (Norton). The unlikely alliance, arranged by Nick's longtime friend and fence, Max (Brando), interrupts Nick's plan to retire from crime and settle down with his fiancee, Diane (Farmer). Worse - it requires that Nick violate his most important rule: always work alone.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
10:20PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Mick Jagger, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Finding Fela) features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

We Own the Night
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: James Gray
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
What's it about?
Set at the height of the bloody 1980's struggle between New York city police and a Russian mob that targeted law officers and their families, a nightclub manager (Phoenix) has only one night to save his cop father (Duvall) and brother (Wahlberg) who are next on the hit list. From writer-director James Gray (Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z).