• Richard Farnsworth slowly racing against time in David Lynch's 'The Straight Story', leaving SBS On Demand on July 31st. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand this month.
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SBS Movies

2 Jul 2020 - 11:00 AM  UPDATED 2 Jul 2020 - 11:10 AM

To view a complete list of films expiring soon, click here.

For a list of all titles (including TV and more documentaries) leaving SBS On Demand during July, click here.

COLLECTION EXPIRING JULY 31st
Watch the ‘60s films that inspired Tarantino’s 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'
SBS World Movies will be pairing introductions from the director with each of the films, from 'Easy Rider' to 'Cactus Flower'.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Expires from SBS On Demand Thursday, 2nd July)

M
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Oranges and Sunshine (3 July)

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Loach
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham, Aisling Loften
What's it about?
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys (Watson) holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved - now adults living mostly in Australia - with their parents in Britain. Directed by Jim Loach (son of renowned British social realist filmmaker Ken Loach) and based on the book by Margaret Humphreys herself.

Oranges and Sunshine: Review

Dredd (3 July)

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Peter Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson
What's it about?
The only force of order in a violent futuristic metropolis where criminals rule the streets lies with the urban cops called 'Judges' who act as judge, jury and executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Urban) is the ultimate Judge, whose goal right now is to rid the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of 'Slo-Mo' experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. Screenplay by Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and writer-director of Ex Machina.

Offside (4 July)

PG
Iran2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Ayda Sadeqi, Shayesteh Irani
What's it about?
Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film, Tehran Taxi) won the Silver Bear for his 2006 movie, which follows a group of young Tehran women determined to attend a match to be played at the Azadi stadium between Bahrain and Iran, the victor of which will qualify for the World Cup. Since women are banned from watching, they attempt to buy tickets and enter disguised as men. The movie was filmed during the actual Iran versus Bahrain match in Tehran in 2005, but was banned from being shown in Iran.

‘Offside’.

Charlie's Country (4 July)

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English, Yolngu Matha‎
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
What's it about?
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stronghold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. Directed by Rolf De Heer, who collaborated with Gulpilil previously on The Tracker and Ten Canoes

Charlie’s Country: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Captain Fantastic (5 July)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso
What's it about?
Raised in the forest and living off the grid, six children venture out into the world for the first time after their recently widowed father (Mortensen, in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes them on a road trip.

'Captain Fantastic': Living Off The Grid

Viggo Mortensen in 'Captain Fantastic'

Copwatch (7 July)

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organisation whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

The Godfather: Part II (8 July)

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, 
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Mississippi Grind (9 July)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller
What's it about?
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. From the writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson).

'Mississippi Grind': A Beautifully Bittersweet Road Movie

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in 2015's 'Mississippi Grind'

Predestination (11 July)

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michael Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent (Hawke) must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe (Snook).

Predestination review: A thoughtful, ambitious adaptation
Predestination: 5 minutes with the Spierig brothers and Sarah Snook (interview)

Manganinnie (11 July)

PG
Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realisation that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830 and the genocide of Tasmania's Aboriginal people.

Belle (12 July)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson
What's it about?
This period drama is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay, a Captain in the Royal Navy, and a Caribbean woman named Maria Belle who gave birth to their child in 1762. Belle's racial background renders her an outsider in her high society circle, and her uncle's role in a slavery case places her in the spotlight.

Film Review: 'Belle' Tells Continually Fascinating and Unusually Layered Story
Belle: Amma Asante interview

Florence Foster Jenkins (12 July)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenMy Beautiful Laundrette).

Florence Foster Jenkins review: A bright, bubbly and ear-bursting biopic

She Who Must Be Loved (13 July)

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erica Glynn
Starring: Freda Glynn
What's it about?
Tells the epic life story of Alfreda Glynn, 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist, grumpy old woman, who in equal measure loves the limelight and total privacy. Part bio-pic, part social history, it details the life of a woman born beneath a tree north of Alice Springs in 1939, her childhood living under the Aboriginal Protection policies and the impact, both good and bad they had on her life.

Candy (14 July)

MA15+
Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
Candy (Cornish) and Dan (Ledger) are, respectively, an aspiring artist and a would-be poet whose love is matched only by each other's desire to take heroin. Initially this joint addiction strengthens the couples' bond, but as things get out of control tough choices must be made. Based on the novel by Luke Davies (writer of Lion).

The Sacrament (15 July)

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ti West
Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil
What's it about?
A fashion photographer (Swanberg) is traveling to meet his sister (Seimetz) at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting. Directed by Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil).

The Workshop (18 July)

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Laurent Cantet
Starring: Marina Fois, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Florian Beaujean, Julien Souve
What's it about?
Antoine has agreed to follow a writing workshop where some young people in insertion must write a black novel with the help of Olivia, a recognized novelist. The work of writing will bring to life the working-class past of the city. Its shipyard is closed for 25 years, a nostalgia that does not interest Antoine, influenced by the anxiety of the present world. From the acclaimed writer-director of The Class and Time Out.

'The Workshop': Riveting Drama From 'The Class' Writer-Director

'The Workshop', written and directed by Laurent Cantet

The Endless (19 July)

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington
What's it about?
Living in poverty in a shared studio apartment in Los Angeles, brothers Aaron and Justin (played by Moorhead and Benson, who also wrote and directed) 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-like 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.

The sun-drenched horror of a creepy cult in 'The Endless'

Rabbit-Proof Fence (19 July)

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Walmajarri, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Playtime (24 July) 

PG
France, 1967
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, German, English
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly
What's it about?
Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

Everything Must Go (24 July)

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Michael Peña, Laura Dern
What's it about?
Nick Halsey (Ferrell) is a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all of his possessions on the front lawn. Faced with his life imploding, Nick reluctantly holds a garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Based on a short story by author Raymond Carver (Short Cuts).

Why You Should Watch: Everything Must Go

Pride (25 July)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott
What's it about?
Based on a true story set in the summer of 1984 – when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem - the union seems embarrassed to receive their support. However, the activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the union and go direct to the miners. Also starring 1917's George Mackay.

Pride: Review

Toomelah (25 July) 

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Michael Connors, Christopher Edwards, Daniel Connors
What's it about?
Daniel is a small ten year old boy who dreams of being a gangster. He is kicked out of school and befriends a local gang leader, until a rival arrives back from jail to reclaim his turf. From acclaimed director Ivan Sen (Beneath CloudsMystery Road), the film premiered in the coveted Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Toomelah: Review

I Am Not Your Negro (26 July)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

Rafiki (28 July)

M
Kenya, South Africa, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Swahili, English
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
What's it about?
Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Munyiva) long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

'Rafiki' tells a candy-coloured tale of love

Reds (31 July)

M
USA, 1981
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, Russian
Director: Warren Beatty
Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Maureen Stapleton
What's it about?
An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920, here played by Beatty), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant (1885-1936, played by Keaton). Nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner of three (Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Maureen Stapleton and Best Cinematography).

Ordinary People (31 July)

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, M. Emmet Walsh
What's it about?
Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together. Winner of Best Picture at the 1981 Academy Awards.

Dead Again (31 July)

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Thriller, Romance
Language: English
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi, Andy Garcia, Robin Williams
What's it about?
In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for the vicious murder of his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage and private eye Mike Church is called in to investigate. Under hypnosis both the woman and Church seem to have a strange link back to the Strauss murder.

Cool World (31 July)

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, Michele Abrams
What's it about?
Jack Deebs is a cartoonist who is due to be released from jail. His comic book "Cool World" describes a zany world populated by "doodles" (cartoon characters) and "noids" (humanoids). What Jack didn't realize is that Cool World really does exist, and a "doodle" scientist has just perfected a machine which links Cool World with our world. Intrigued at seeing his creating come to life, Jack is nonetheless wary as he knows that not everything in Cool World is exactly friendly.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (31 July)

PG
USA, 1993
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen
What's it about?
Gilbert Grape is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother, who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie, who has a knack for finding trouble. Settled into a job at a grocery store and an ongoing affair with local woman Betty Carver, Gilbert finally has his life shaken up by the free-spirited Becky.

'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' star Darlene Cates dies at 69

The Broken Circle Breakdown (31 July)

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride

Down By Law (31 July)

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Comedy, Cult
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, John Lurie, Ellen Barkin
What's it about?
A DJ (Waits), a pimp (Lurie) and an Italian tourist (Benigni) are arrested on the same night in New Orleans and thrown in to a cell together. The trio manages to break out of jail and find themselves hopelessly lost in the Louisiana Bayou. After days of fighting and squabbling, they chance upon a small café run by another recent immigrant from Italy. One of them immediately falls in love with the beautiful Italian and wants to stay on. From cult director Jim Jarmusch (Dead ManPatersonOnly Lovers Left Alive).

Land of Mine (31 July)

MA15+
Germany, Denmark, 2015
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Danish, English, German
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Starring: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman
What's it about?
In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German POWs was handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove more than two million mines that the Germans had placed in the sand along the coast. With their bare hands, crawling around in the sand, the boys were forced to perform the dangerous work under the leadership of the Danish sergeant, Carl Leopold Rasmussen (Møller).

'Land of Mine' review: WWII drama digs deep

The Big Blue (31 July)

M
France, 1988
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Italian
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne
What's it about?
The Big Blue charts the competition and friendship between Jacques (Barr) and Enzo (Reno) first in their youth, and then when they meet again at the World Free Diving Championships in Sicily years later. A dreamy adolescent, Jacques has grown into a solitary man, caught between the solidity of the real world and the spiritual beckoning of 'the big blue'—and in particular the dolphins swimming below. From director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element).

The Big Blue review (David and Margaret, 1988) and interview

The Band's Visit (31 July)

PG
Israel, USA, France 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Director: Eran Korilin
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri
What's it about?
This warm, heartfelt movie about love, loneliness and cultural differences stars the late Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz in one of her most popular roles. It follows the members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, led by the repressed Tawfiq, who after taking the wrong bus on their way to a cultural event, wind up on the doorstep of Dina, a free-spirited cafe owner in a remote Israel village. After informing them they will be stuck there until the next morning, Dina offers to put them up for the night, with help from other villagers. 

Why You Should Watch: The Band’s Visit
Dinner and a Movie: The Band's Visit

Micmacs (31 July)

M
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Nicolas Marié, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle
What's it about?
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement.

Micmacs: Review

The Skin I Live In (31 July)

MA15+
Spain, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
What's it about?
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. From legendary director Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother, Talk To Her), this film won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Drunken Master (31 July) 

M
China, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang
What's it about?
Wong Fei-Hong's (Chan) father has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering, the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has previously humiliated Naughty Panther.

Rust and Bone (31 July)

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero
What's it about?
After suddenly finding himself face-to-face with a young son he hardly knows, Ali (Schoenaerts), penniless and friendless, takes refuge with his sister (Masiero). Meanwhile, he meets a beautiful woman, Stephanie (Cotillard), during a night club brawl. Stephanie trains killer whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. From Jacques Audiard, director of A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

Julieta (31 July)

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Emma Suárez, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Priscilla Delgado
What's it about?
Julieta (Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo (Grandinetti). Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea (Michelle Jenner), former best friend of her estranged daughter Antia, who reveals that Antia is living in Switzerland, married, and with three children. Shaken by the first news she’s heard about her daughter in 12 years, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and moves to the apartment where she used to live with Antia, in the hope that her daughter will send her a letter. 

Cannes: Pedro Almodovar talks about Panama Papers, 'Julieta', and Hollywood's 'diabolical sexism'

A Separation (31 July)

PG
Iran, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sarina Farhadi, Sareh Bayat
What's it about?
A married couple (Moaadi and Hatami) is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Winner of both the Golden Bear (top prize) at the 2011 Berlin Festival and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this remains one of the most celebrated and acclaimed Iranian films of all time.

A Separation Review: A mesmerising account of a complicated coupling.

In the Loop (31 July)

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Gina Mckee, Anna Chlumsky
What's it about?
In the lead up to sanctioning American and British military action in the Middle East, a gaffe by a minor British government minister (Hollander) gives hope to anti-war supporters. The politician and a staffer are sent to Washington to appease Britain’s ally, but they soon become pawns in the backroom dealings that are seemingly at odds with the reality of what is about to occur. Based on the BBC series "The Thick Of It" (also starring Capaldi as the iconic Malcolm Tucker), this spin-off film was a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay.

In the Loop Review: Potty-mouthed politics at its best

The Kite Runner (31 July)

M
USA, China, Afghanistan 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Urdu, Dari, Russian, Pashto
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Khalid Abdalla
What's it about?
Based on one of the acclaimed novel of the same name, The Kite Runner is a tale of friendship, family, devastating mistakes and redeeming love. In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood best friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. One afternoon in Kabul, an innocent kite-fighting tournament has tragic consequences, when one boy’s fearful act of betrayal sets in motion a catastrophe"¦ and 20-year quest for redemption.

The Kite Runner Review

The Nutty Professor (31 July)

PG
USA, 1963
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: French, English
Director: Jerry Lewis
Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Richard Kiel, Del Moore
What's it about?
Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.

Election (31 July)

M
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell
What's it about?
Jim McAllister (Broderick) is a popular teacher and student government adviser who loves making a difference in his students' lives. Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) is the school's consummate overachiever, an alarmingly ambitious go-getter, who is running for student council president. Jim decides to recruit his own president, Paul - a sidelined football hero whose enormous popularity threatens Tracy's chances. Written and directed by Alexander Payne (SidewaysThe Descendants), and a 2000 Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay.

Margaret & David review Election (The Movie Show, Episode 31, 1999)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (31 July)

PG
USA, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
After discovering their prepubescent son's overwhelming talent in chess, Josh's (Pomeranc) parents hire a strict instructor who aims to instil chess legend Bobby Fischer's aggression into the boy. However, Josh is determined to succeed on his own terms. Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, writer of Schindler's List and The Irishman.

The Movie Show reviews Searching for Bobby Fischer (Episode 32, 1994)

Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (31 July)

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Darren Boyd, Sean Pertwee
What's it about?
To save his own job, Alan Partridge (Coogan) gets radio colleague Pat (Meaney) laid off, but when the man returns to the station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. The first big-screen outing for Coogan's beloved Alan Partridge character.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review (4 Stars)

Leon: The Professional (31 July)

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

Leon: The Professional Review: An inventive and strange cult classic

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS

Kundun (31 July)

PG
USA, Monaco, Morocco, 1997
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Tibetan, Mandarin
Director: Martin Scoresese
Starring: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
What's it about?
In 1937, a two year old boy from a simple family is recognised as Kundun, the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibet Educated by the monks. The film charts his extraordinary growth into a figure who raises the world’s consciousness about the Buddhist society of the spirit, the plight of Tibet, and the sufferings endured by his people with unspeakable grace and dignity. From legendary director Martin Scorsese.

The Three Musketeers (31 July)

PG
USA, 1973
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Lester
Starring: Charlton Heston, Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Spike Milligan
What's it about?
The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux and the passionate Lady De Winter, a secret agent for the cardinal.

The Straight Story (31 July)

G
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
What's it about?
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Farnsworth, in an Oscar-nominated performance) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Interview with David Lynch, director of The Straight Story (The Movie Show, Episode 08, 2000)
Margaret and David review The Straight Story (The Movie Show, Episode 08, 2000)

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