Be joyfully sad and sadly joyful as Mark and Ben - and special guest Russ Matthews - say farewell to movies and TV from 2017... and farewell to The Big Picture radio show. PLUS: Top 5 Most Joyful Movie Moments Ever. Check them out
We go bush with blast-from-the-past reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! The inspiring true story of quadriplegics set free is explored in Breathe ... and what you’ve been waiting a whole year for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI [Spoiler Free]. Russ Matthews joins us for his most anticipated films ever - and Ben unpacks the Top 5 Movie Themes from 2017!
Special guest reviewer Laura Bennett joins us to go head-to-head with family film Ferdinand! For something absolutely different, Netflix thriller, The Sinner, blames it all on God - but who is really to blame? And our favourite bear for Christmas is back on the screen in Paddington 2. PLUS: Our resident pyschologist, Lyn Worsley joins the team for Press Record and Mark brings us his Top 5 Bears in film.
The Star offers a new animated view of Jesus’ birth - through the eyes of talking animals. Oscar Winner Kate Winslet takes a ride on Wonder Wheel - before Matt Damon shrinks to save the planet in Downsizing. Special guest Sandy Galea joins the team for Press Record and Ben brings us his Top 5 Shrimps in film.
Tune in for the who, what, where and when of kids films for 2018! There's also the journey that inspired Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas and the transforming power of ‘kind’ in the marvellous movie Wonder. Special guest Rod Hopping joins the team for Press Record and Ben brings us his Top 5 Movies Based on a True Story Which Aren't As True As You Think.
The real-life and shocking origins story of superheroine Wonder Woman, the enduring magic of the Wiggles and an all-new old-fashioned whodunnit, with Murder on the Orient Express. PLUS: We go undercover with a real-life PI in Press Record and Ben brings us his Top 5 Female detectives.
TV Special: Mark taps into a futuristic world with no consequences? Welcome to Westworld. We also head back to the 1980s and the close knit community of Hawkins in Stranger Things. PLUS: something totally different: Laura Bennett brings us her Top 5 films to show her dog, Toby.
The best Marvel film ever? Thor: Ragnarok hits the screen. Weather attacks in B-grade disaster movie Geostorm and the star-studded, sci-fi spectacle Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams joins Netflix. PLUS: Special guest Laura Bennett talks about her most favourite Life Affirming Film and Mark brings us his Top 5 Most Likeable Deaths.
We boldly go where many of you have never gone before - with the release of Star Trek: Discovery. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba find love (maybe?) in the snow-capped mountains duing the plane crash adventure The Mountain Between Us. Elsewhere, Mark reveals his ultimate moviegoers survival guide in Top 5. PLUS: Special guest Hillary Bercovici joins the team for Press Record and Sam asks the question: ‘Which movie changed your life?’
The long awaited sci-fi event of 2017 is here - Blade Runner 2049. Will you survive a near-death experience - with the resurrection of Flatliners? We find out what Jesus might have been doing - as a boy - in The Young Messiah. PLUS: Special guest Dave from Empire Magazine reflects on great TV medical dramas and Ben looks beyond the grave at his Top 5 films about death and the afterlife.
Special guest Russ Matthews joins us this week, for the return of controversial British spies Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Geoffrey Rush teaches us how to paint in Final Portrait and the latest Netflix comedy The Good Place explores issues of the afterlife. Special guest artist Aaron Moore joins the show for Press Record and Mark brings us his Top 5 Detectives Never to Call.
Bricks, stealth and broken families: it’s time for the Lego Ninjago Movie. We take a look at Netflix's Atypical, a new TV show with autism as the star. Mark spectates on Steve Carell and Emma Stone in The Battle of the Sexes. PLUS: Greg Clarke brings us What the Bible Has to Say About the sexes and special guest co-host Russ highlights his Top 5 Ultimate Movie Showdowns.
Ben is extremely surprised by SBS's experimental Look Me In the Eye TV show. The Hadley Family reports upon something we can hardly put into words - The Emoji Movie. Clinical psychologist Lyn Worsley helps us respond to grief, and Dame Judi Dench returns to big screen royalty in Victoria and Abdul. PLUS: The Kings and Queens of Cinema History and Mark brings us his Top 5 films for the Royal Watcher.
Horror, hip-hop and (toilet) humour! That's Big Picture this week. For tame toilet humour with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. We meet the feminine side of rapping with Patti Cake$ and the creepy side of clowns with Stephen King’s IT. PLUS: Sydney Christian rapper Zero explains the positive points of hip-hop before Ben goes urban for Top 5 Inner City Films.
Captain America fights his biggest battle yet - parenting! in the family drama Gifted. Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds star in average action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard and we dare to venture into the terrifying terrain of horror movies in Press Record. Golfing drama Tommy’s Honour hits out and we solve your problems with the Top 5 Troubleshooters.
Can you believe this: All Saints is a Christian movie for Christians AND it's good! Mark tells us why, before reporting on Tom Cruise as a drug smuggler and CIA operative in American Made. Ben has checked out the new Aussie TV shows This Time Next Year and Little Big Shots. PLUS: Special guest Joel Archer reveals the joys of vintage cinema and Mark brings us his Top 5 Tom Cruise films that changed his life. True story.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not theatre-goers, that’s for sure. Steven Soderberg’s Logan Lucky has us thinking about smooth criminals and Mark laments what might have been with Steven King’s Dark Tower. Special guest Josh Larsen joins the team for Press Record and Greg Clarke tells us What the Bible has to say about other worlds.
Guest reviewer Laura Bennett and psychology expert Lyn Worsley join us to discuss anorexia drama To The Bone. The weird, worrying world of Fargo returns with Season 3 and a soldiers role in postwar Iraq is laid bare in the military thriller The Wall. James Bond turns 50 in our Vault segment and be sure to dial up Ben’s Top 5 Internet Movies.
French director Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi extravaganza Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets! Love crosses cultural divides in The Big Sick! And Al Gore tries to save us all - again - with - An Inconvenient Sequel. PLUS: Ben’s Top 5 Race Relations Movies. Controversial!