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 the best films on DIRECTV

If it had not been picked recently, the excellent American version (**Let Me In, 9pm FoxCin) of the exceptional Swedish horror (Let the Right One In) would probably have taken second spot.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy IMP Awards’71, 4.15pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Room or Black Mass. Set in Belfast at the height of the British army’s occupation of Northern Ireland, ’71 depicts the unbearable personal cost, on all sides, of armed conflict. It works superbly as a thriller – if you’re not on the edge of your seat for half the runtime, reduce your Xanax dosage – but its great strength is its unbiased presentation of both sides of an exceedingly difficult political question: it is both great art and great argument.

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