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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 17 December 2017

Today’s Number One Film: Arrival, 2.40pm HBO Caribbean BEST FILM OF THE DAY. 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

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 10 December 2017

The Ox-Bow Incident, 3.40pm Fox Classics BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked High Noon, Bad Day at Black Rock or Hombre. Though it suffers from real limitations modern audiences spoilt by computer-generated special effects might find difficult to overlook, such as the most important scene obviously having been shot in a studio, this is one of the great American Westerns. Its many strengths include

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 3 December 2017

*The King’s Speech, 4.35pm Paramount Channel. Watch this if you liked Quiz Show, The Queen or The Madness of King George. The King’s Speech won four Oscars (Best Directing, Picture, Lead Actor [Colin Firth] and Original Screenplay), the same BAFTAs (plus Best Supporting Actor [Geoffrey Rush] & Actress [Helena Bonham Carter] and Best Music) and was nominated in almost every other major category; and it was all richly deserved. Based on a fine script

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 26 November 2017

Today’s Number One Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2.44pm Paramount Channel. Watch this if you liked Adaptation, Being John Malkovich or The English Patient. A Charlie Kaufmann screenplay means “imagination” and those lacking in same may just steups; but, for those who can go with the flow, this is easily Charlie Kaufman’s (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) most satisfying screenplay to date (even after Anomalisa). Michel Gondry’s direction is subtly brilliant and

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for 19 November 2017

The Omen, 8.10am, Fox Classics. Watch this if you liked The Exorcist, The Shining or Rosemary’s Baby. The less said about the plot, the more the viewer will enjoy this creepy horror using Biblical prophecies about the rise of the Anti-Christ as its base and huge atmosphere all the way to its summit. Immaculate pacing keeps the viewer on the edge throughout a series of unsettling events and memorably chilling images, with the very last frame being a contender for the best ever shot in all cinema. Horror movies rarely

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