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SBS On Demand: 3 of the best

Streaming providers have recently uploaded a fresh bounty of movies for your streaming pleasure in June. Here are some of our top picks from SBS On Demand.

The Cobbler (2015)

Love him or loathe him, Adam Sandler is known for pumping out his annual ill-conceived comedies featuring his recurring cast of 1990s SNL alumni like Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Kevin James. A curious aspect of Sandler’s D-grade comedies is the way he wrangles big-time A-list stars like Dustin Hoffman, who pops up in The Cobbler and is one of the movie’s few highlights.

Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (2015)

A film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, in which a retired bachelor falls in love with his widowed neighbour who keeps a tortoise as a companion after her husband’s death. The movie received wide acclaim, with The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan describing the work as “an utterly, completely, inescapably beguiling adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book”.

Free in Deed (2015)

Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, based on actual events, Free in Deed sees a single mother bring her young son to church for healing. The lonely Pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child and his own demons as well. This small, independent movie has been praised since its release for being an example of storytelling shown in its purest, most enriching form.

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