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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Malcolm McDowell’s greatest role in Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus would have got the nod (**A Clockwork Orange BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 10.30pm Max). For those who might be open to admitting that there might just be more to music than is contained in soca and dancehall, the DIRECTV channel offers opera star Placido Domingo (9pm) followed by the world’s most successful living guitarist (Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70, 11pm).

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Flixster*The Hangover, 7.15pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked Desperado, Pineapple Express or Fight Club. As action-packed as Zombieland, as off the wall as Pineapple Express and with a script as intelligent and almost as funny as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, this could be the best road trip film since Sideways.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If BC on TV could be sure nothing would be cut – it screens on a “movie” channel that cuts words and blurs images – one of the most imaginative horrors ever shot (The Cabin in the Woods, 9pm Stun) would have got the nod.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Amazon.comShallow Hal, 6.20pm Cine Canal. Watch this if you liked Easy A, Click or The Truman Show. Bobby & Peter Farrelly forego their usual repugnant-but-hilarious comedy (Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) and come as close as they ever will to sensitive in this story about a superficial man tricked into seeing inner beauty, not its outer from.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Ticketsource.comA Clockwork Orange, 7.40pm Cinemax. Watch this if you liked Blade Runner, American History X or Children of Men. His best film, for many people, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel has the same ending as the US version of the book

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If they started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Michael Fassbender stunningly good as Steve Jobs BEST FILM OF THE DAY (5.25pm Max) or Leslie Nielsen’s very silly and very funny slapstick comedy (The Naked Gun, 5.50pm TCM) would have been in contention. The excellent Sally Wainwright-written English police drama Happy Valley continues at 7pm on the DIRECTV channel.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Yesmovies.comFinal Destination 2. 7.34pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked The Butterfly Effect, Friday 13th or any of the other Final Destination movies.


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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If they hadn’t been picked fairly recently, the nod might have gone to Johnny Depp’s tour de force portrayal of Whitey Bulger (Black Mass, aka Strictly Criminal, 6pm MaxP) or Bill Murray’s existentialist-Buddhist comedy (**Groundhog Day, 9pm Fox Classics), either of which could legitimately be called the BEST FILM OF THE DAY.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy Pin InterestLayer Cake, 7pm Paramount. Watch this if you liked Snatch, RocknRolla or Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. The producer of both of Guy Ritchie’s fast-paced, stylish London Mob thrillers, Snatch and Lock, Stock, and the darkly brooding Michael Caine-led Harry Brown knew a thing or two about making slick crime flicks even before he got behind the camera.

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