The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

The original Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes and all four of its sequels screen on AMC from 3pm. As usual, the DIRECTV Channel leads on music with Carole King performing her seminal album Tapestry Live from Hyde Park OnScreen (9pm DTV).

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy wikimediaThe Revenant, 9pm Fox Action Ch 561 BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Deliverance, Django Unchained or The Road. The film that took the Best Lead Actor, Director and Cinematography Oscars (and Best Actor and Picture Golden Globes) may be the most perfectly made film so far this century

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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

As usual, DirecTV leads the way with music television with George-Fest, the all-star celebration of the quiet Beatle’s music (1pm DTV) and the stunning guitar of Gary Clark Jnr (Guitar Centre Sessions, 2pm). For French speakers or Spanish subtitle readers, La Famile Belier (11.30am FoxCin, see “Also Rans”) is the genuine cinefile’s BEST FILM OF THE DAY, clipping both today’s first and second picks, either of which might otherwise have clinched that title. Of course, the purist would, this weekend, opt for the Also Ran “Horror” choice, which might easily have made today’s cut, had it screened on a “real” movie channel.

Today’s number one film:

The Revenant (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu/ 2015/USA/ Adventure-Drama-Thriller-Western/ 156 mins/ Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity) 6.20pm & 9.20pm F+1

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