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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

BC on TV’s all-time favourite film The Godfather BEST FILM OF THE DAY screens on AMC at 7pm. The strong Turkish drama, Mustang, may possibly feature English subtitles (9pm FoxCin).

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy BBFCSeven Psychopaths, 8.10pm MaxPrime Ch 538. Watch this if you liked Pulp Fiction, Horrible Bosses or In Bruges. The second film from the Londoner who, with In Bruges, made the greatest splash on the other side of the Atlantic since Guy Ritchie wooed Madonna across the pond,

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Anyone who speaks Hungarian or reads Spanish subtitles should watch what might be the most original animal film ever shot: White God, 6.25pm FoxCin.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy WikipediaWoman in Black, 9pm Cinemax Ch 509. Watch this if you liked The Skeleton Key, Mama or Sinister. Daniel Radcliffe’s first major role after the end of the Harry Potter series saw him jump from the world of fantasy aimed at children squarely into that of grownup horror.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it hadn’t missed BC on TV primetime (6pm-10pm) by five minutes (!), one of the most original films ever shot (**The Lobster, 10.05pm Max) would have been a leading contender.

Today’s Number One Film:

Sleuth (Laurence Olivier), 9pm Fox Classics Ch 560. Watch this if you liked Deathtrap, Locke or 12 Angry Men – or if you didn’t care much for the 2007 Michael Caine/Jude Law remake. People who love script above all else in film ought to love this classic mystery-thriller starring two of the greatest British actors ever.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If they had started within BC on TV primetime (6pm-10pm), Emma Stone’s teen version of The Scarlet Letter (Easy A, 5.25pm Prmt) or Kevin Hart’s rom-com (About Last Night, 5.18pmn HBO) might have been in contention.

Today’s Number One Film:

Courtesy Amazon UKThe Stepford Wives, 7.30pm Fox Comedy Ch 557. Watch this if you liked Intolerable Cruelty, Pleasantville or The War of the Roses. This blackly comic mockery of the cost of the American concept of perfect family life, picket fences and smiling women is probably not for the literal-minded; for those with imagination, it’s potentially a treat.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If its starting time had qualified as BC on TV primetime (6pm-10pm), Guy Ritchie’s second comic gangster flick (Snatch BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 10.25pm FoxCom) might have got today’s nod. Anyone in doubt whether the original was far better than the green screen-remake can have it removed by watching the Ralph Macchio original (The Karate Kid, 6.55pm Edge) and the first few minutes of the Jaden Smith travesty that follows on the same channel at 9.20pm. Today’s top slot was filled despite the not-OCD-enough screening of both its sequels (III: Beyond Thunderdome, 5.09pm; *II: The Road Warrior 7.16pm,) in reverse order on the same channel!

Today’s Number One Film:

Courtesy Rotten TomatoesMad Max, 7.16pm Cinemax Ch 509. Watch this if you liked any of the other Mad Max films, any of the Terminator films or Waterworld.

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