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Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout June, 2021.
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28 May 2021 - 4:18 PM  UPDATED 28 May 2021 - 4:39 PM

For a complete list of feature films, documentaries, TV episodes and more leaving SBS On Demand throughout June, click here.

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The Thief of Bagdad

PG
UK, 1940
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, Tim Whelan
Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram
What's it about?
The evil Jaffar (Veidt) has imprisoned the King of Bagdad, Ahmad (Justin). A young thief, Abu (Sabu), helps him to escape to the Sultan's palace where Ahmad falls in love with the Sultan's daughter, who is betrothed to Jaffar. As the two attempt to restore peace to the city, their adventures bring them into contact with a genie and a flying carpet, both of which they will need if they are to defeat Jaffar. Co-directed by Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus).

Streaming until June 1st, 2021:

 

Harry, Here's Here To Help

M
France, 2000
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Dominik Moll
Starring: Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin
What's it about?
Michel (Lucas) and Claire (Seigner) are a low-income, educated couple who - with three demanding daughters in the back seat - are on their way to their holiday home, an old house which requires so much work that it consumes their entire vacation. On their way, in the bathroom of a gas station, Michel is approached by Harry (López), a school acquaintance he can't remember, who then proceeds to invade Michel's life. Also known under the title With a Friend Like Harry.

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Streaming until June 3rd, 2021:
 

Buoyancy

M
Australia, Cambodia, Thailand, 2019
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Cambodian, Thai
Director: Rodd Rathjen
Starring: Sarm Heng, Thanawut Kasro, Mony Ros, Saichia Wongwirot, Yothin Udomsanti
What's it about?
A 14-year-old Cambodian boy (Heng) is taken captive and enslaved aboard a fishing trawler, finding that his only hope of escape may be to become as aggressive as his captors. Official submission of Australia for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.

Streaming until June 3rd, 2021:
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Brick Lane

PG, CC
UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Bengali
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik, Zafreen
What's it about?
Nazneem (Chatterjee), a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu (Kaushik). As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim (Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Winner of the CICAE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Streaming until June 4th, 2021:
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A vibrant music score coupled with moving performances enhanced this beautiful story.

 

The Fifth Element

PG, CC
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth.

Streaming until June 4th, 2021:
ARTICLE
My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element
Let's sing the praises of the one of the great loopy space adventures of our time.

 

The Skin I Live In

MA15+
Spain, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
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 (Banderas), 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.

Streaming until June 4th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Why You Should Watch: The Skin I Live In
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The Skin I Live In: Elena Anaya interview
The diminutive beauty discusses her career-changing role in Pedro Aldomovar’s new film.

 

Four Lions

M, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Morris
Starring: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Adeel Akhtar, Kayvan Novak, Julia Davis
What's it about?
Tells the story of a group of British jihadists (including Oscar-nominee Riz Ahmed) who push their abstract dreams of glory to breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging, and entirely plausible, farce. Winner of a BAFTA and nominated for two British Comedy Awards.

Streaming until June 6th, 2021:
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Four Lions: most definitely an alternate view
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Four Lions Review
A very sharp send-up of Muslim jihadists.
Four Lions: Kayvan Novak interview
Simon Foster caught up with the UK actor to talk about his hilarious turn in arguably the funniest comedy of the year.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest

G, CC
UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood
What's it about?
Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend (Redgrave) -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew. Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily. 

Streaming until June 7th, 2021:
The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

 

La Femme Nikita 

MA15+
France, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Nikita's (Parillaud) killer instincts as a ruthless street junkie make her the perfect assassin. Recruited against her will by a secret government organisation, she's transformed into a sexy lethal weapon. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

Streaming until June 8th, 2021:
REVIEW
La Femme Nikita Review
A real heart grabber.
 

 

Love & Friendship

PG, CC
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Bennett), severely complicate her plans. An acerbic take on Austen from Whit Stillman, writer-director of Metropolitan & The Last Days of Disco.

Streaming until June 8th, 2021:
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Mother

MA15+
Korea, 2009
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Je-mun Yun
What's it about?
When a mentally disabled boy (Won Bin) is arrested for the murder of a young girl in rural South Korea, the case is quickly closed thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force. It's left to the boy's widowed mother (Hye-ja Kim) to find the girl's killer and to prove her son's innocence. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and winner of three Asian Film Awards in 2010, including Best Film.

Streaming until June 9th, 2021:

 

One Thousand Ropes

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

Streaming until June 10th, 2021

 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

M
France, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze, Max Von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner
What's it about?
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Amalric), who suffers a stroke, leaving him entirely immobile, with his right eye the only fully functioning part of his body. Nominated for four Oscars including Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing.

Streaming until June 10th, 2021
REVIEW
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Review
Magnificent performance from Almaric carries wonderful adaptation.

 

The Motorcycle Diaries

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
This acclaimed film is based on the written memoir of Che Guevara. In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The middle class young men begin to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

Streaming until June 11th, 2021: 

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Streaming until June 13th, 2021:
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Churchill

PG, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

Streaming until June 14th, 2021:

 

Take Shelter

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker
What's it about?
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father (Shannon) questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (MudLoving), and nominated for Independent Spirit awards in the Best Feature, Director, Actor (Shannon) and Supporting Actress (Chastain) categories.

Streaming until June 14th, 2021:
 

The Death of Stalin

MA15+, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs
What's it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

Streaming until June 15th, 2021
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The Band's Visit

PG, CC
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 film 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 (Elkabetz), 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. 

Streaming until June 16th, 2021:
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A funny and moving story.

 

Bugsy Malone

G, CC
UK, 1976
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy, Family, Action
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Paul Murphy, Dexter Fletcher, Michael Jackson, Jodie Foster, Scott Baio
What's it about?
A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

Streaming until June 17th, 2021:

 

Devdas

PG
India, 2002
Genre: Bollywood, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff
What's it about?
One of the most lavish and expensive Bollywood films ever made. This is the sweeping tale of two soul mates, childhood sweethearts Devdas (Khan) and Paro (Rai), whose love is thwarted by India's rigid class structure. Young Devdas is sent to study in London by his wealthy father. On his return, love blossoms again, but the families oppose the romance.

Streaming until June 17th, 2021:

 

La Vie en Rose

M, CC
France, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf (Cotillard, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born into poverty but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.

Streaming until June 17th, 2021:
REVIEW
La Vie En Rose review: You will have no regrets seeing this.
An extraordinary, captivating cinema experience that deserves recognition.

 

The Fringe Dwellers

M
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

Streaming until June 19th, 2021:

 

The Past

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim
What's it about?
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife Marie (Bejo, winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Actress) starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce, unveiling a secret from their past. From acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose films A Separation and The Salesman have won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 and 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming until June 19th, 2021:
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Objects in the rear view mirror may be closer than they appear.
 

Love & Mercy

M, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: 
Drama, Music, Biography
Language: 
English
Director: 
Bill Pohlad
Starring: 
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What's it about?
In the mid-60's, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (played by Dano in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) grapples with his inner demons during the creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson (played by Cusack) escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy (Giamatti) with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda (Banks).

Streaming until June 21th, 2021:

 

The Breaker Upperers

M, CC
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

Streaming until June 21th, 2021:
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Executively produced by Taika Waititi (and featuring 'Boy' star James Rolleston in the supporting cast), this Kiwi anti-romatic comedy offers a terrific showcase for the acting/writing/directing talents of Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.

 

Flash Gordon

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
What's it about?
In this '80s all-star camp classic, bored alien king Ming the Merciless (von Sydow) keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn't count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon (Jones), who leads the charge to save the earth from certain destruction. Directed by Mike Hodges (Get CarterCroupier).

Streaming until June 22nd, 2021:

 

Loving

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).

Streaming until June 22nd, 2021:
Joel Edgerton talks 'Loving', Cathy Freeman and 'feeling judged'
We caught up with multi-talented Aussie Joel Edgerton about his new movie, the interracial romance 'Loving'.

 

Shin Godzilla

M
Japan, 2016
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
What's it about?
From Hideaki Anno (the mind behind 'Evangelion') comes the terrifying resurgence of the King of Monsters - Godzilla. It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. Their worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

Streaming until June 22nd, 2021:
REVIEW
Godzilla: Resurgence: A monster movie in touch with the times
Fact meets fiction in contemporary creature feature

 

Paradise Now

M, CC
Palestine, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal
What's it about?
Lifelong Palestinian friends, Said (Nashif) and Khaled (Suliman) lead a normal life, working together in a garage and never discussing politics or religion. Having sometime ago volunteered to become suicide bombers they learn they have been chosen for the next mission and that it will begin in only 24 hours. But the carefully designed plans go awry as the two men are separated and cannot communicate. Oscar-nominated in 2006 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until June 23rd, 2021:
REVIEW
Paradise Now Review
A triumph.

 

Tell No One

MA15+
France, 2006
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: François Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands
What's it about?
Eight years ago, Doctor Alex Beck's (Cluzet) wife Margot (Croze) was brutally murdered and a serial killer was charged with her murder. But the discovery of two bodies on the shores of the lake where Margot was killed and mutilated after a midnight swim forces the police to reopen the case, with new evidence casting suspicion on Alex. At the same time, Dr Beck is receiving strange email messages from his presumably dead wife.

Streaming until June 24th, 2021:
REVIEW
Tell No One Review
A compelling, tightly wound thriller.
 

A Ghost Story

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.

Streaming until June 26th, 2021:
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in 'A Ghost Story' (2017)
REVIEW
'A Ghost Story' Haunts Without Scaring
An unclassifiable low-budget experiment that's sure to haunt those who open themselves up to the experience.

 

Swiss Army Man

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shane Carruth
What's it about?
Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body (Radcliffe) washes ashore, and he soon realises it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams (Winstead). This wildly original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Streaming until June 26th, 2021:
Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in 'Swiss Army Man'
REVIEW
'Swiss Army Man' Wears Its Weirdness As Badge Of Honour
A wildly original blend of 'Cast Away' and 'Weekend At Bernies' with shades of Michel Gondry, and featuring Harry Potter as a flatulent corpse, which won the Directing Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

 

Chef

M, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What's it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef fed up with his restaurant’s management, poor reviews and lack of creativity. After an online battle with a well-known critic leads to further frustration, Carl decides to leave and go solo as a food truck operator in a bid to rediscover his flair for cooking.

Streaming until June 28th, 2021:

 

Fist of Fury

M
Hong Kong, 1972
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Wei Lo
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
What's it about?
Kung Fu pupil Chen Zhen (Lee) returns to Shanghai only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. When he discovers that his mentor was in fact murdered, Chen sets out to avenge his death.

Streaming until June 29th, 2021:

 

Hannah Arendt

PG
France, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Nicholas Woodeson
What's it about?
A portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt (Sukowa) dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

Streaming until June 29th, 2021:

 

Storm Boy

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

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That's Not Me

MA15+
Australia, USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gregory Erdstein
Starring: Alice Foulcher, Isabel Lucas, Richard Davies, Andrew S. Gilbert
What's it about?
Polly’s (Foulcher) dreams of making it as an actor are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy lands the lead role in a huge TV show. Mistaken for her famous sister at every turn, Polly decides to use Amy’s celebrity for her own advantage – free clothes, free booze, casual sex… with hilarious and disastrous consequences for them both.

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The Red Turtle

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
This wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

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The Lunchbox

PG, CC
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. 

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Two Days, One Night

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In an Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

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A Hijacking

M, CC
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Danish, Swedish
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbæk, Amalie Ihle Alstrup, Abdihakin Asgar, Gary Skjoldmose Porter
What's it about?
The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.

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A Hijacking Review
Pirate saga sails on authenticity.

 

As It Is In Heaven

M, CC
Sweden, 2004
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Kay Pollak
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm
What's it about?
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns to his childhood village in the far north of Sweden. He is asked to listen to the fragment of a church choir in the parish hall - just to give some advice. From that moment nothing in the village is the same again. The choir develops and grows, and the conductor makes both friends and enemies and finds love. 

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Black Cop

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Cory Bowles
Starring: Ronnie Rowe, Jr., Sophia Walker, Sebastien Lebel, Simon Paul Mutuyimana
What's it about?
A black police officer (Rowe, Jr.) is pushed to the edge, taking out his frustrations on the privileged community he's sworn to protect. Winner of the 2017 Vancouver Film Festival prize for Best Canadian Feature Film.

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Black Rain

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Yûsaku Matsuda, Kate Capshaw
What's it about?
Two New York cops (Douglas, Garcia) get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers (Matsuda) and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Osaka he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they go deeper and deeper into the city's criminal underworld. Directed by Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerAlien).

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Climax

MA15+
France, 2018
Genre: Drama, Horror, Music
Language: English, French
Director: Gaspar Noé
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
What's it about?
From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic and hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. A troupe of young dancers, who has been rehearsing in a remote and empty school building before going on tour, begins a celebration that turns nightmarish when they discover the sangria they've been drinking has been laced with LSD.

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Elegy

M, CC
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Peter Sarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
This adaptation of Philip Roth's 2001 novel "The Dying Animal" charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated New York college professor, David Kepesh (Kingsley) and a young Cuban-born woman, Consuela Castillo (Cruz) whose beauty both ravishes and destablises him. As their intimate connection transforms them – more than either could imagine – a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. Written & directed by Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me).

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Elegy Review
An examination of control and commitment.

 

Freeheld

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles
What's it about?
With help from colleague Dane Wells (Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Carell), terminally ill New Jersey detective Laurel Hester (Moore) fights for pension benefits for her domestic partner - Stacey Andree (Page). Based on a true story.

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In the Fade

MA15+
France, Germany, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: English, German
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Johannes Krisch, Ulrich Brandhoff
What's it about?
After two neo-Nazis kill a woman's (Kruger) husband and child, she seeks legal action when her world falls apart. As the two suspects stand trial for murder, her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge. From acclaimed writer-director Fatih Akin (The Edge of HeavenHead-On) and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Lady Chatterley

M
France, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Pascale Ferran
Starring: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch, Hippolyte Girardot
What's it about?
Set in 1921, this is the story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the gamekeeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchair-bound husband. Based on D.H. Lawrence's classic novel, and winner of five César Awards in 2007, including Best Film.

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Lady Chatterley Review
Elegantly executed film let down by poor pacing.

 

The Kids Are All Right

MA15+
USA, 2010

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska 
What's it about?
Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) are a lesbian couple who have each given birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Nic, an obstetrician, is the primary breadwinner and the stricter parent, while Jules is more laid back and after previous failures to launch a career, is starting up a landscape design business. While the family functions well, their relationship has begun to go stale - until Paul (Ruffalo) enters the picture. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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A contemporary family tale that cuts through the cliché.

 

Midnight in Paris

PG, CC
Spain, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancee (McAdams), an insecure writer (Wilson) is whisked back in time and meets Jazz Age giants of art and literature. The most commercially successful film to date from Woody Allen, who won the Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards.

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Midnight in Paris Review
Love letter to artistic heroes brings Allen back to greatness.
 

Warm Bodies

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What's it about?
When a highly unusual zombie (Hoult) rescues a girl (Palmer) from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness50/50).

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