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Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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26 Jun 2020 - 11:52 AM  UPDATED 26 Jun 2020 - 12:27 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 29 June - 5 July
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.

MONDAY 29 JUNE

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
4:00pm

PG
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Donald Rice
Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, Eva Traynor, Luke Treadaway
What's it about?
Bride-­to-­be Dolly (Jones) is hiding in her bedroom daydreaming of the summer before. Long-lost cousins and aunts are arriving to the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are abuzz with speculation about the bride's whereabouts. Dolly's exasperated mother Hetty (McGovern) has perfected all of the day's arrangements, but her plans can't prepare everyone for the arrival of Dolly's unpredictable former lover, Joseph (Treadaway).

CJ7
5:50pm

PG
Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction, Family
Language: Cantonese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Xu Jiao, Kitty Zhang, Lam Tze-chung, Lee Sheung-Ching
What's it about?
Ti (Chow) is a poor construction worker struggling to keep his son, Dicky (Jiao) in private school. He mistakes an orb he finds in a junkyard for a toy which proves to be much, much more once the young boy starts to play with it. From multitalented Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow (Kung Fu HustleShaolin Soccer).

Mr. Holmes
7:30pm

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellan) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again. DIrected by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods & Monsters).

'Mr. Holmes' plays like fan-fiction, but excellent fan-fiction

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies

No Country For Old Men
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Bardem, in an Oscar-winning performance). Winner of Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards.

No Country for Old Men review: Will have you on the edge of your seat (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

TUESDAY 30 JUNE

Elvis & Nixon
7:55pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Liza Johnson
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Sky Ferreira
What's it about?
In 1970, a few days before Christmas, Elvis Presley (Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn seeking to be deputised into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by President Nixon (Spacey) himself. 

Miller's Crossing
9:30pm

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, John Turturro, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden
What's it about?
Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. The third film from the Coen brothers, following Blood Simple & Raising Arizona.

Miller's Crossing: 1991 Movie Show review (David: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY

From Up on Poppy Hill
12:45pm

G
Japan, 2011
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Language: Japanese
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Voice Cast: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin
What's it about?
As Japan begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, a new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future whilst trying not to lose the essence of their past. A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 

Boy
7:50pm

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?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy (Rolleston) lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father (Waititi) appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the all-too-real version. The second feature from Taika Waititi (who won an Academy Award this year for his Jojo Rabbit screenplay) as writer and director.

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

Barton Fink
9:30pm

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: John Turturro
What's it about?
An idealistic 1930s New York playwright (Turturro) accepts a Hollywood contract, only to find himself unable to work and seemingly living in a dreamscape beyond his control. The fourth feature from the Coen brothers (Fargo, No Country For Old Men), and winner of the the Palme d'Or at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Barton Fink: Movie Show Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 from David and Margaret)

THURSDAY 2 JULY

Tom Thumb
10:05am

PG
France, 2001
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer, Nils Hugon
What's it about?
In seventeenth century France, civil war rages, devastating the land. Out of despair, a couple decide to abandon their five children in the depths of a dark forest. Poucet (Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters.

The Darjeeling Limited
7:50pm

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody
What's it about?
A year after their father’s death, three American brothers, Francis (Wilson), Peter (Brody) and Jack (Schwartzman) - who haven’t spoken since the funeral - embark on a soul-searching journey across India on board the titular train. From Wes Anderson, writer-director The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums.

All aboard The Darjeeling Limited: Review (⭐⭐⭐1/2)

Raising Arizona
9:30pm

M
USA, 1987 
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand
What's it about?
H.I. McDonnough (Cage) is a multiple-convicted armed robber who falls in love with Edwina (Hunter), a young policewoman who takes his mug shots. They end up getting married, with H.I. vowing to stop robbing convenience stores. This second feature from Joel and Ethan Coen established the madcap comic mode that they would return to throughout their career with films like The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou?.

Raising Arizona: 1987 Movie Show Review (David: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Nicolas Cage in the Coen brothers' 1987 cult comedy 'Raising Arizona', showing Sunday on SBS Viceland

FRIDAY 3 JULY

Loving
5:30pm

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What's it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud).

Joel Edgerton talks 'Loving', Cathy Freeman and 'feeling judged'

Intolerable Cruelty
7:45pm

M
USA, 2003
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A successful divorce attorney, Miles Massey (Clooney), marries a revenge-seeking gold digger (Zeta-Jones) who plans on making a killing from their divorce. An homage to classic Hollywood screwball comedies such as His Girl Friday and The Lady Eve from the Coen Brothers.

Intolerable Cruelty: 2003 Movie Show review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 from both David and Margaret)

True Grit
9:40pm

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Western
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
What's it about?
14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Brolin) – the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold – enlisting the help of one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Damon). This remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne western (now streaming at SBS On Demand) was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

True Grit review: Coen Bros shoot straight and true (⭐⭐⭐1/2)

The Coen brothers' 'True Grit', starring (from left) Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin

SATURDAY 4 JULY

The Man Who Invented Christmas
6:30pm

PG
Ireland, Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards
What's it about?
In 1843, despite the fact that Dickens (Stevens) is a successful writer, the failure of his latest book puts his career at a crossroads, until the moment when, struggling with inspiration and confronting reality with his childhood memories, a new character is born in the depths of his troubled mind; an old, lonely, embittered man (Plummer), so vivid, so human, that a whole world grows around him, a story so inspiring that changed the meaning of Christmas forever.

Ned Kelly
8:30pm

MA15+
Australia, 2003
Genre: Crime, Biography, Action
Language: English
Director: Gregor Jordan
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom
What's it about?
Son of poor Irish immigrants, the 16 year old Ned Kelly (Ledger) is wrongly accused of horse stealing and sent to prison. Upon release, a policeman gets too pushy with Ned’s sister Kate (Kerry Condon) in the Kelly shack, leading to a scuffle that sees Ned and his mother (Kris McQuade) charged with attempted murder. Ned goes on the run and becomes determined to strike back at the brutish and unjust system. Directed by Gregor Jordan (Two Hands).

Ned Kelly: 2003 Movie Show review (David: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Passion
10:35pm

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Leila Rozario, Ian T. Dickinson
What's it about?
Christine (McAdams) possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. She takes particular pleasure in exercising control over her admiring protege Isabelle (Rapace), leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. This remake of the 2010 French film Love Crime (starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sylvie Testud) is directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables).

SUNDAY 5 JULY

The Lunchbox
12:30pm

PG
India, France, Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. 

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
Dinner and a Movie: The Lunchbox

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
8:30pm

M
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Adventure, War
Language: English
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Russell Crowe, Billy Boyd, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy
What's it about?
During the Napoleonic Wars, Lucky Jack Aubrey (Crowe) captains the crew of his H.M.S. Surprise. When the ship is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy, it is badly damaged and much of his crew is injured. In a bold and dangerous move, Aubrey decides to set sail in a high stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture their foe. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Master and Commander: 2003 Movie Show review (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from both David & Margaret)

A Ghost Story
11:05pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Liz Cardenas Franke, Sonia Acevedo
What's it about?
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. From David Lowery, director of Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Old Man And The Gun.

'A Ghost Story' Haunts Without Scaring (Sundance Review)

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in 'A Ghost Story' (2017)

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