Guide to TV movies: February 21 to 27 | Cinema News

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THIS WEEK’S SBS WORLD MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Audio description (AD) available for intervention, Ghost Planes and the Mysteries of Flight 370 and american mobster
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Milpirri: winds of change, intervention, Ghost Planes and the Mysteries of Flight 370, american mobster and A woman’s deeper journey into sex

MONDAY FEBRUARY 21

Milpirri: winds of change
11:50 am, NTV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What is it about?
It’s early October 2012 and Steve Jampijinpa is leaving Canberra for his home in the Lajamanu hinterland. Once there, he will play a key role in something very important to him: Milipirri, a biannual community festival of dance, art and ceremony. But things are changing for Steve and his community. This documentary reveals what happens behind the scenes of a controversial and revolutionary Walpiri event.

Shanghai Surprise
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1986
Kind: Romance, comedy, crime
Language: English
Director: Jim Godard
With : Madonna, Sean Penn, Paul Freeman, Richard Griffiths, Clyde Kusatsu
What is it about?
Glendon Wasey (Penn) is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock (Madonna) is a missionary nurse seeking the healing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they face all the thugs and smugglers in Shanghai.

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TUESDAY 22 FEBRUARY

intervention
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
United States, 2016
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Clea Du Vall
With : Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Clea DuVall
What is it about?
A weekend getaway for four couples takes an abrupt turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip has been orchestrated to stage an intervention on their marriage. Written and directed by Clea DuVall, who also stars.

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WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

apocalypto
9:30 p.m. SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2006
Kind: Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
With : Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead
What is it about?
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, rulers insist the key to prosperity is building more temples and offering human sacrifice. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured to be sacrificed, flees to avoid his fate. Mel Gibson’s fourth film as a director (after The faceless man, Brave Heart and The passion of Christ). Nominated for three Oscars.

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24

Collegiate Sports Inc.
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2021
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
What is it about?
Former college, pro and Olympic athlete Jeremy Bloom investigates the NCAA – the billion-dollar industry facing a seismic rule change allowing athletes to make money. In this definitive documentary, Bloom examines how the NCAA got to where it is, who it affected, how it continues to oppress its athletes under the false narrative of college sports “amateurism” and what that the future may hold.

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raw deal
9:20 p.m., NITV (rebroadcast Friday, February 25, 12 p.m.)

M
USA, 1986
Kind: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Irvin
With : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Darren McGavin
What is it about?
Mark Kaminsky (Schwarzenegger) is kicked out of the FBI for abusing a suspect. He finds himself sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon (McGavin), whose son was killed by a mobster named Patrovina (Wanamaker), enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement in the FBI if Patrovina is shot. To do this, he must go undercover and join Patrovina’s gang.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25

God help the girl
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United Kingdom, 2014
Kind: Drama, Romance, Musical
Language: English
Director: Stuart Murdoch
With : Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
What is it about?
Life has never been easy for Eve (Browning), but this troubled young girl has a talent and songwriting becomes her way to go. Thanks to her passion for music, she is taken to Glasgow where she meets James (Alexander) and Cassie (Murray), two kindred spirits each at a crossroads. Together, they take the city’s music scene by storm as their lives and words intertwine. What follows is a touching and heartwarming story of rebirth, friendship and romance over a long, dreamlike summer.

Tia and Piujuk
7:45 p.m., NITV (rebroadcast Saturday, February 26, 10:15 a.m.)

PG
Canada, 2018
Kind: Adventure, Family, Fantastic
Language: English, Arabic, Inuktitut
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
With : Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk, Eiman Aljaber, Ghaiss Gharibet
What is it about?
Tia (Bshara), a 10-year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magical portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl (Tulugarjuk) with whom she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myths and magic.

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The host
12:10 a.m. SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2006
Kind: Science fiction, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon Ho
With : Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What is it about?
A US military base in Yongson releases toxic chemicals into the Han River drain under the direct order of an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people by the river. The third feature film by Bong Joon-ho (also starring regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of the 2020 Best Picture Oscar Parasite.

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SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY

Ghost Planes and the Mysteries of Flight 370
8:30 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
United States, 2014
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joe Guidry
What is it about?
As of this writing, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has been missing for months. An unprecedented international search failed to locate any bodies or debris. According to the Aviation Society Network, more than 80 planes have been declared “missing” since 1948 – “ghost planes” that have literally disappeared without a trace.

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my left foot
12:35 a.m. SBS VICELAND

M
Ireland, 1989
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Featuring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker
What is it about?
The true story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor), born paralyzed with a severe form of cerebral palsy; his left foot was the only appendage he had complete control over. While the doctors consider him to be also mentally handicapped, his mother (Fricker) knows it better and teaches him to read and write. He ends up training to use his foot not only to paint, but to write, among his works, his autobiography (from which the film takes its title). Directed by Jim Sheridan (In the name of the Father, In America).

David & Margaret criticize My left foot: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ each (The Movie Show, episode 41, 1989)

The girl with the dragon tattoo
1:35 a.m. SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Kind: Thriller, Mystery
Language: Sweden
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
With : Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Ewa Fröling
What is it about?
As they work to solve a 40-year-old murder mystery, a discredited journalist (Nyqvist) and a mysterious, tattooed hacker (Rapace) discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets. Inspired by the best-selling trilogy of books by the late author Stieg Larsson and 2011 BAFTA winner for Best Non-English Film.

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27

The Forbidden Tomb of Attila
8:30 p.m. SBS

M
United Kingdom, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
What is it about?
At the end of the 5th century, the fate of the Roman Empire hangs in the balance as it faces a terrifying enemy: Attila and his fierce tribe of nomadic warriors known as the Huns.

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american mobster
10:25 p.m., NTV

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 2007
Kind: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
With : Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee
What is it about?
In 1970s America, Detective Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down the drug empire of Manhattan heroin kingpin Frank Lucas (Washington), who smuggles drugs into the country in the coffins of Vietnam War soldiers. Nominated for two Oscars (including Ruby Dee for Best Supporting Actress) and directed by Ridley Scott (blade runner, Gladiator).

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A woman’s deeper journey into sex
11:35 p.m. SBS VICLAND

MA15+, DC
Australia, 2015
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sally McKenzie
What is it about?
A documentary exploration of female sexuality revisited. A fictional detective investigates the experience of pleasure, romance, and passion from a different perspective.

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Sharknado
12:55 a.m. SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2013
Kind: Horror
Language: English
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
With : Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Jason Simmons, Cassie Scerbo, Audrey Peeples
What is it about?
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be captured in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his ex-wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Peeples).

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