• L-R: The Past, Talk To Her, The Painter and the Thief, A Beautiful Mind (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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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SBS Movies

7 Oct 2021 - 4:54 PM  UPDATED 8 Oct 2021 - 3:52 PM

FOR MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV, 11 - 17 OCTOBER
TV Movie Guide: 11 - 17 October
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.

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Pawn Sacrifice, Gangs of New York, The Beautiful Mind, A Monster Calls and The Godfather Part III
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Pawn Sacrifice, The Came You, Big Fish, Gangs of New York, The Painter and the Thief, A Beautiful Mind and The Godfather Part III

 

MONDAY 11 OCTOBER

Pawn Sacrifice
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
During the Cold War chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Maguire) takes on Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the Soviet world champion. Though Fischer wants a normal match against his rival, the United States wants it to be seen as the Cold War played out on the chess board. All of this isn't helping the fact that Fischer is constantly dealing with paranoia. This is the world of chess like you've never seen it before.

The Forbidden Kingdom
9:40pm

PG
China, USA, 2008
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English, Mandarin
Director: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Liu Yifei, Li Bingbing, Collin Chou
What's it about?
An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself travelling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER

Borg vs. McEnroe
7:30pm

M
Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'
REVIEW
Shia LaBeouf Shines In 'Borg vs. McEnroe'
A dazzling retelling of an iconic tennis rivalry, between placid Swede Bjorn Borg and volatile American underdog John McEnroe.

Talk To Her
9:30pm

MA15+
Spain, 2002
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Leonor Watling, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Rosario Flores
What's it about?
The story of two men who worship two women, both of whom are in a coma. A tragicomic journey into loneliness, where one of the men urges the other to communicate with his beloved, to "talk to her", just as he is doing. The life of these four characters flows in all directions, past, present and future, leading all of them to an unexpected destiny.

ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW
Talk To Her Review
A masterpiece.

 

WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER

Then Came You
7:40pm

M, AD
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Hutchings
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin, David Koechner
What's it about?
A funny and poignant coming-of-age story celebrating the desire for friendship, romance and life. An American hypochondriac (Butterfield) working as an airport baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager (Williams) with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

Big Fish
9:30pm

PG, AD
USA, 2003 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
When Edward Bloom (played by Finney in the present day and McGregor as a younger man in flashbacks) becomes ill, his son, William (Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 14 OCTOBER

Miles Ahead
7:35pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
Inspired by events of his life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle also makes his directorial debut with this unconventional biographical drama.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Gangs of New York
9:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Cameron Diaz
What's it about?
As waves of immigrants swell the population of 1860s New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in Manhattan's Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns, seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father, William Cutting aka 'Bill the Butcher' (Day-Lewis, in an Oscar-nominated performance). The first collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese, who would together go on to make The AviatorThe Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER

The Painter and the Thief
7:30pm

M, AD
Norway, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Norwegian
Director: Benjamin Ree
What's it about?
In this fascinating documentary, full of twists and turns, Oslo-based artist Barbora Kysilkova seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole two of her paintings. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full time care, even if her paintings are not found. But then the tables turn.

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A Beautiful Mind
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany
What's it about?
After distinguishing himself early in his career, mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Crowe) was enlisted by the US government to intercept Soviet communications during the Cold War. However, a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia plunges him into the depths of despair. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER

A Monster Calls
6:30pm

PG, CC
USA, Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
What's it about?
A monster comes to young Connor (MacDougall), and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do - tell the truth. Connor very damaged, guilty, and mostly angry, struggling at school with bullies as well as his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Godfather: Part III
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
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?
In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone (Pacino) seeks to legitimise his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of a new generation of gangsters.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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The Heist of the Century
11:40pm

M
Argentina, 2020
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Language: Spanish
Director: Ariel Winograd
Starring: Guillermo Francella, Diego Peretti, Luis Luque, Pablo Rago, Rafael Ferro
What's it about?
In 2006, a group of thieves performed what is considered one of the most famous and smart bank heists in the history of Argentina. How they robbed the Rio bank is as surprising as what happened afterwards. This is their story.

 

SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER

Loving
6:15pm

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 after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Desierto
8:30pm

MA15+
Mexico, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Jonas Cuaron
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Diego Cataño, Marco Perez
What's it about?
A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey becomes a harrowing, bloody and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante and his loyal Belgian Malinois dog chase the group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous borderland. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

The Past
10:10pm

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 after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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