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8 PM on AMC

Apocalypse Now

Director Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1979 Vietnam War drama follows a military man (Martin Sheen) sent into the jungle to eliminate -- "with extreme prejudice" -- a renegade officer (Marlon Brando) who has established his own dynasty. Based on Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," the moody film also stars Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Scott Glenn and (briefly) Harrison Ford. (TV14) 382684
8 PM on HBO

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

An Oscar winner for cinematography and sound editing, director Peter Weir's epic 2003 drama adapts two of Patrick O'Brian's novels about British naval captain Jack Aubrey (played by Russell Crowe), who commands the HMS Surprise in pursuit of the French warship Acheron. Aubrey and his crew find themselves outmatched, but even if they lose the first round, it doesn't mean the battle is over. HDTV503226
8 PM on TCM

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

A true screen classic, this 1948 adventure explores the darker side of human nature, a favorite topic of director-screenwriter John Huston. Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Huston's father, Walter, play the fortune-seekers whose quest for a gold supply turns into an orgy of suspicion and murderous greed. 3217503
8 PM on TNT

Donnie Brasco

An undercover FBI agent (Johnny Depp) infiltrates organized crime by befriending a low-level hit man (Al Pacino) who vows to teach him how to be a "wiseguy." The biggest crime occurred off-screen: Pacino was robbed of a well-deserved Academy Award nomination. (TV14) HDTV297348
8 PM on FAMILY

Back to the Future Part II

This 1989 effort does have its merits, especially in its creative use of footage from the original 1985 "Back to the Future" film, and the familiar face of star Michael J. Fox. The plot brings Fox's character, Marty, into the early 21st century. Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson ("Caroline in the City") also reprise their roles from the first film. (TVPG) 828145

10 PM on CINEMAX

The Matrix Revolutions

The middle section of the science-fiction trilogy took its hits from critics, but the 2003 finale is a spectacular, overwhelmingly visual wrap-up by any measure. Neo (Keanu Reeves) escapes his captors to participate in an uprising against the many machines targeting the city of Zion. Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) again engages against enemies including Mr. Smith (Hugo Weaving); Laurence Fishburne and Jada Pinkett Smith also return. HDTV1016874
10 PM on SHOWTIME

Narc

A cop (Jason Patric) believes that his new partner (Ray Liotta) knows more than he is telling about an undercover colleague's murder in this taut 2002 crime drama from writer-director Joe Carnahan ("Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane"). Chi McBride ("Boston Public"), Lloyd Adams, Meagan Issa and Lina Felice co-star. HDTV6012481
10:30 PM on TNT

Payback

A double-crossed thief (Mel Gibson) finds out what his life is worth in this entertaining 1999 thriller from director Brian Helgeland ("A Knight's Tale"). It turns out to be $70,000 -- exactly half the proceeds from his latest heist, which is what his partner (Gregg Henry) and junkie wife (Deborah Kara Unger) tried to kill him for. Maria Bello and William Devane also star; James Coburn appears uncredited. (TV14) HDTV119400