A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 18 February 2018

*Manchester by the Sea, 11.36am HBO Signature BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Boys Don’t Cry, Blue Valentine or Moonlight. The winner of the 2016 Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor Oscars and BAFTAs, Best Actor Golden Globe was also nominated in nearly every category for all the major awards – and earned a Metacritic score of 96 out of 100. This is a film any serious movie lover must see – but not one many will be said to enjoy.

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A trifecta of the best films on DIRECTV

Today’s Number One Film:

Sleuth (Laurence Olivier), 5.15pm Fox Classics Ch 560 BEST FILM OF THE DAY. 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. A two-hour-plus long two-hander, it consists of nothing more than two men in two or three rooms and a garden.

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

As usual, the DirecTV Channel is the best bet for music lovers with tributes to two Beatles (MusiCares Tribute to Sir Paul McCartney, 3.30pm DTV, GeorgeFest, 4,30pm) and one Boss (MusiCares Person of the Year: Bruce Springsteen, 5.30pm) – and it still has room for the Stones’ own self-serving-but-still-good film of their free gig in Cuba (Havana Moon, 9pm). Had the closing chapter of the trilogy screened as well, the best comic book movies ever shot would have taken today’s trifecta at a canter (Batman Begins, 12.25pm, The Dark Knight (Action-Crime-Drama-Superhero), 2.50pm HBOP).

Today’s number one film:

Black Mass (Scott Cooper/ 2015/ USA/ Biography-Crime-Drama/ 122 mins/ R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use), 3pm HBO Caribbean. Watch this if you liked The Departed, Prisoners or Goodfellas. Viewed on the silver screen, upon its general cinematic release, it seemed impossible to imagine anyone denying Johnny Depp the Best Actor Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and every other award for his role as the real life Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger, perhaps Boston’s most infamous son (and the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson character in The Departed);

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