SBS World Movies Highlights March 28-April 3 | Cinema News


THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand

  • Audio description (AD) available for ghost world, Arbitration, His, Match point, Barney’s Version, Chief, Agatha Christie’s twisted house, Killing them softly and The wave
  • Subtitles (AD) available for thunder road, Arbitration, Under the skin, Denial, His, Match point, Barney’s Version, Killing them softly, Chief, The hunt and The wave

MONDAY, MARCH 28 TH

thunder road
7:50 p.m.

M, CC
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Cummings
With : Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Macon Blair
What is it about?
A cop (Cummings, who also wrote and directed) faces a personal crisis following a divorce and the death of his mother. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

ghost world
9:30 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2001
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Zwigoff
With : Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Illeana Douglas, Brad Renfro
What is it about?
A high school graduate, Enid (Birch) is a maverick who rejects the superficial world she sees around her in Los Angeles, but she’s a lost soul. With the support of her best friend Rebecca (Johansson), Enid responds to a classified newspaper, claiming to be the woman sought by eccentric record collector Seymour (Buscemi) and an unexpected friendship between the two blossoms. Based on the cult graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2002.

ORIGINAL FILM REVIEW

TUESDAY 29 MARCH

Arbitration
7:30 p.m.

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 2012
Kind: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Jarecki
With : Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta, Chris Eigeman
What is it about?
On the eve of his 60th birthday, New York hedge fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere) is the portrait of success – at least on the surface. In reality, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to sell his empire to a major bank before authorities and his family discover the depths of his fraud. Unexpectedly, a critical error forces Miller to juggle family, business and crime with the help of a former associate, but a detective’s suspicions mean it may already be too late.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Under the skin
9:30 p.m.

MA15+, DC
United Kingdom, 2013
Kind: Science fiction, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Glazer
With : Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Adam Pearson, Krystof Hadek
What is it about?
An alien in the guise of an attractive woman (Johansson) prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey – unsuspecting men who fall under her spell. The victims are then stripped and consumed. However, human existence in all its complexity begins to change the alien visitor. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (sexy beast) and adapted from Michel Faber’s novel, the film was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film in 2015.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 30

Denial
7:30 p.m.

M, CC
UK, USA, 2016
Kind: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: michael jackson
With : Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
What is it about?
Renowned writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Weisz) must fight for historical truth to prove the Holocaust really happened when renowned Holocaust denier David Irving (Spall) sued her for libel.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH “DENIAL” DIRECTOR MICK JACKSON (From 10:38 a.m.)

His
9:35 p.m.

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 2013
Kind: Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
With : Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson (voice), Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara
What is it about?
In the future Los Angeles, Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He uses his savings to invest in a custom computer operating system called Samantha (voiced by Johansson), designed to meet all of his requirements. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each other’s needs, but over time their relationship grows and deepens, becoming more complicated than anyone could have anticipated. 2014 Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

THURSDAY, MARCH 31ST

A child like Jake
7:50 p.m.

M
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Silas Howard
With : Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Leo James Davis, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra
What is it about?
On the eve of the admissions round for New York’s kindergartens, Alex (Danes) and Greg Wheeler (Parsons) have high hopes for four-year-old Jake. The principal of Jake’s preschool encourages them to accentuate Jake’s gendered behavior to help him stand out. As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for Jake and each other.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Match point
9:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
UK, 2005
Kind: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
With : Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox
What is it about?
In this dramatic thriller, at a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro (Rhys-Meyers) falls in love with a femme fatale (Johansson) who is dating his friend and future brother-in-law (Bon). The two embark on an illicit affair that ultimately leads to disastrous consequences for them and their partners. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2006 Oscars.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

FRIDAY APRIL 1

Barney’s Version
7:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
Canada, 2010
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard J. Lewis
With : Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman
What is it about?
A touching life story of an impulsive, brutal and irrepressible character who, behind his gruff exterior, is a kind and romantic man who loves his family and friends dearly. Giamatti delivers a breathtaking performance in this sensational, quirky and thrilling biopic. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

Chief
9:55 p.m.

M, AD, CC
United States, 2014
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
With : Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What is it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef who is fed up with his restaurant’s management, bad 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 an effort to rediscover his flair for cooking.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SATURDAY APRIL 2

Agatha Christie’s twisted house
6:20 p.m.

PG, AD
United Kingdom, 2017
Kind: Drama, Mystery, Crime
Language: English
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
With : Glenn Close, Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp
What is it about?
When a wealthy tycoon is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Charles Hayward (Irons) is called in to solve the gruesome crime. He is shocked to discover that one of the prime suspects is the tycoon’s beautiful granddaughter Sophia (Martini), his former lover. Hayward must keep a cool head to navigate sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family in a case where no one is above suspicion.

Killing them softly
8:30 p.m.

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 2012
Kind: Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Andre Dominique
With : Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard
What is it about?
Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is an enforcer, called in to take care when a high-stakes card game has been blocked by an unknown gang of thugs. Calculating, ruthless, professional and with a keen sense of other people’s weaknesses, Cogan plies his trade, moving among a variety of hoodlums, parasites and high rollers, tracking down those responsible and restoring “law and order”. Boston’s lawless underworld. Based on the novel by George V. Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) and directed by Australian Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The hunt
10:20 p.m.

MA15+, DC
Denmark, 2012
Kind: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
With : Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
What is it about?
A teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a lonely life after a difficult divorce, while fighting for custody of his son. His life slowly improves as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new chance is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (another round) and co-written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm (Investigation), the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY APRIL 3

Adam
6:35 p.m.

PG
Morocco, 2019
Kind: Drama
Language: Arab
Director: Maryam Touzani
With : Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda, Aziz Hattab, Hasnaa Tamtaoui
What is it about?
Abla (played by Fires and Paradise now’s Lubna Azabal) runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her eight-year-old daughter, Warda (Belkhaouda). When Samia (Hattab), a young pregnant woman, knocks on their door, Abla is far from imagining that her life will change forever.

Hotel Mumbai
8:30 p.m.

MA15+
Australia, India, United States, 2019
Kind: Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Antoine Maras
With : Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher
What is it about?
Based on the true story of the devastating terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in 2008. As several terrorists spread hatred and death in the city, others attack the palace. Hotel staff and guests are risking their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and ensure everyone’s safety while help arrives.

The wave
10:45 p.m.

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 2019
Kind: Science fiction
Language: English
Director: Gilles Klabin
With : Justin Long, Tommy Flanagan, Katia Winter, Donald Faison, Sheila Vand, Bill Sage
What is it about?
Frank (Long) is a bored corporate lawyer about to get the biggest promotion of his life. To celebrate, he gets loose at a party with co-worker Jeff (Faison) and finds himself in a part of the house where he’s persuaded by a stranger to try a mysterious drug. After passing out and then waking up alone with no memory of the night before, Frank must make sure to get his promotion while bouncing between unexpected waves of psychedelic travel.

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