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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 15 July 2018

Today’s Number One Film: Dunkirk, 6.10pm HBO Caribbean & 9pm HBO2. Watch this if you liked United 93, Saving Private Ryan or The Revenant. The director of Inception, Memento and the Dark Knight films returns, splendidly, to the form that had vanished in Interstellar.From the very first frame, he captures the strange mix of horror, excitement, violence and boredom that make up a war – as well as the true story of one of the great humanitarian actions in modern history, the rescue from the beach at Dunkirk of 338K-plus Allied soldiers by a ragtag fleet of over 800 boats, most of them

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 8 July 2018

Today’s Number One Film: *Arrival, 4.50pm HBO & 5pm HBO Caribbean. Watch this if you liked Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ex Machina or Inception. The French Canadian director who made us all sit up and take notice in 2010 with his first feature film, Incendies, and then rocked us back in our chairs in 2013 with Prisoners, and then bowled us right firetrucking over in 2015 with Sicario returned in 2016 to make us do all three in the same film – just much more slowly.

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 1 July 2018

Today’s Number One Film: *Hell or High Water, 11.30am & 9pm MaxPrime BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked No Country for Old Men, Sicario or the German crime thriller The Silence. The Scottish director of Starred Up’s Western crime drama was nominated for Best Screenplay Oscar, BAFTA & Golden Globe and Best Picture and Actor Oscar & Golden Globe – and the only wonder is why BAFTA limited it so severely.Jeff Bridges in the lead may never have had – or played – a better part. The story is perhaps not the most original but its near-perfect screenplay,

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 24 June 2018

This is 40 – Unrated, 9pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked There’s Something about Mary, Hall Pass or We’re the Millers. In its 2013 year-end roundup, BC on TV rated This Is 40 the best comedy DVD release of 2013.Five years later, This Is 40 probably just retains the title ahead of We’re the Millers, because of its sharp script, superb performances – even the kids are perfect – and the magnificent comic timing of director Judd Apatow. The unrated version is only three or four minutes longer than the theatrical release and doesn’t change the story at all

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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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