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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy YesmoviesStranger Than Fiction, 6.15pm The Film Channel. Watch this if you liked The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Pleasantville. In our cluttered modern mediascape, it is unusual to find anything that stands out at all, far less a young director original enough to be declared an auteur – but Marc Forster (b Switzerland, November 1968) is one, as his earlier films, Stay, Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball substantiate.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy PinterestThe Constant Gardener, 7pm Cinemax. Watch this if you liked The Good Shepherd, Out of Africa or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The only flaw in a beautifully made film that is both a love story and a suspenseful espionage/conspiracy theory thriller that stays largely loyal to the source Le Carré novel might be that the director could have developed the constant gardener of the title more fully; otherwise, The Constant Gardener succeeds on all levels.

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy OSM Weasel!Trainspotting BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 9.12pm Sundance TV. Watch this if you liked In Bruges, The Big Lebowski or Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Danny Boyle’s second film remains a strong contender for his best – though his movies are always good (give or take The Beach).

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious-but-offensive stoner comedy (The Brothers Grimsby, 5.55pm MaxP) would have been in serious contention.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy The Motion Pictures.comShutter Island BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 6.40pm Fox Movies. Watch this if you liked Inception, Memento or The Matrix. A contender for Best American Film of 2010, and almost certainly the Most Imaginative, this is the film Martin Scorsese should have got the Oscar for, not The Departed; you spend the first four reels thinking, “WTF?” and the last reel going, “Wow!”

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The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Jack Nicholson’s great gumshoe noir (Chinatown, 5.45pm FoxClas) would certainly have got the nod, but only because the better half of the best American movie ever made (**The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 8pm FoxClas) was picked recently.

Today’s Number One Film:

Picture courtesy WikipediaBeasts of the Southern Wild, 6.25pm Golden. Watch this if you liked Moonlight, Melancholia or The Tree of Life. Perhaps the American film most relevant to life in Trinidad & Tobago, this little gem of independent feature narrative takes the viewer into, not Martha’s Vineyard or Napa Valley, but ‘the Bathtub’,

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