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A Trifecta of Today’s Best Films on the Box

A mini-Spike Lee festival runs on Cinemax, starting with Mo’ Better Blues (8.55am) and including He Got Game (1.25pm), Get on the Bus (3.45pm), Chi-Raq (5.50pm) and the film that almost got today’s top spot, Clockers, (8.55am). One of the men who inspired him – Woody Allen – also has a mini-fest of his own on the DirecTV channel, starting with Sleeper (3pm) and Love and Death (4.30pm) before ending with his magnum opus, Manhattan (6pm), which also almost got today’s top slot, as did Penny Marshall’s own masterpiece, **Big (11.15am FoxFam), which was passed up only because it was picked last month and shares a theme with today’s second choice. Opera lovers shouldn’t miss Andrea Bocelli performing songs from his new album Cinema (12 midday DirecTV channel).

Today’s number one film:

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