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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 17 June 2018

Today’s Number One Film: *Field of Dreams, 10.10am HBO Family. Watch this if you liked Millions, Dances With Wolves or E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial. By far and away Kevin Costner’s best film, this wonderful little fantasy of a man bringing legendary baseball players to life in his Iowa cornfield is not at all corny and, more important, avoids entirely the sentimentality of its chief competitor, Dances With Wolves (even though the aficionado would expect its subject matter, the relationship of fathers and sons, to give rise to the most cloying of Costner’s excesses). Beautifully shot

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 10 June 2018

Today’s Number One Film: The Sunset Limited, BEST FILM OF THE DAY 5.05pm HBO. Watch this if you liked God on Trial, The Road or God Grew Tired of Us. Even if the screenplay was by a complete moron, a two-hander featuring Samuel L Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones would be worthwhile; but add a script from his own stage play by Cormack “No Country for Old Men” McCormac and you’ve got the best hour-and-a-half you’ll spend this year contemplating life’s miseries and small mercies. Hard to say which actor

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 3 June 2018

Today’s Number One Film: Locke 10.10am HBO Plus BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Unfriended, Snowpiercer or the original Michael Caine/Laurence Olivier Sleuth. The best film comparison to represent Steven “Eastern Promises” Knight’s wonderful, and wonderfully tense, film is probably 12 Angry Men, the classic film of conflict set in a murder trial jury room. Locke is even more claustrophobic: apart from a very few establishing shots, the entire film takes place in the front seat of a BMW driving from Birmingham to London. The full cast numbers 12 – like the Angry Men – but you see only Tom Hardy as the titular Locke at the wheel of the Bima; all the others are just voices coming in on the car’s mobile phone. Out of that ultra-minimalist setup, Steven Knight

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 20 May 2018

Today’s Number One Film: Paddington, 2.47pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Babe, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, or The Adventures of Milo and Otis. There are pure-kiddie movies – such as Finding Nemo, Up and The Incredibles – that are so good, grownups might like them; and there are other “kiddie” films that are really grown up films kids can also enjoy, like the Shrek and Toy Story films. Paddington may be the best of the latter lot so far made, at least for West Indians who have left home: with frequent soundtrack appearances by a live calypso band (featuring lead vocals by Tobago Crusoe)

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 13 May 2018

Today’s Number One Film: Waltz with Bashir, 9.10pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Fog of War, American Splendour or Frost-Nixon. Though the animation is eerily beautiful and enough of a reward in itself, its immense power is only realised at the very end, in the last few seconds, when the incredible good sense of making a documentary about war in a cartoon is revealed in an unforgettable sequence, the only non-animated portion of the film. With most of the narration and dialogue being in Hebrew and/or Arabic, and with English subtitles such an unpredictable quantity in Latin American cable/DIRECTV

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