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15.45 / COSMO

‘Jack Reacher’

USA, 2012 (130 minutes). Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Performers: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, Richard Jenkins.

The character of Jack Reacher was created by the writer Lee Child, who made him the protagonist of 18 novels. Now it hits the screen in the form of a hectic blockbuster, led by a hard-hitting Tom Cruise. Reacher is a former military policeman and veteran, without emotional ties and with serious deficiencies when it comes to functioning in civil society. The film, of course, bets on the great spectacle and relies on innumerable clichés, but it does deliver some grim sequences, and the action sequences are shot with singular efficiency.

19.00 / Movistar Comedy

‘Guess who’s coming tonight’

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967 (103 minutes). Director: Stanley Kramer. Interpreters: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn.

Stanley Kramer addresses a sour social portrait in a comedy born of the marriage between a young white and a black man. Despite his somewhat naive line, his anti-racist plea still freezes his smile. It was the last play that brought together Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who died at the end of the shoot.

19.40 / TCM

‘The great beauty’

The great beauty. Italy, 2013 (142 minutes). Director: Paolo Sorrentino. Performers: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilliicha.

Magnificence and decadence are the hallmarks of a masterpiece that seeks to seek formal perfection to portray a society that is both hollow and suffering and that proposes a vital journey through the streets of Rome, by the hand of a certain writer heir mode of the Mastroianni of La Dolce Vita. But The great beauty it doesn’t stop there. In a final pirouette, worthy of the Joyce of The dead, embraces a denouement of unusual emotion in which it traces the emptiness of a life marked by a fleeting, though indelible, experience of youth.

20.00 / The 2

The premieres of the billboard, in ‘Film days’

The premieres of the Spanish billboard are reviewed in Movie days. Among others, the program will stop at Annette, from the director of Leos Carax, a film that won the Best Direction award at the last Cannes Film Festival. Also in Free Guy, a frenetic action comedy that pays tribute to the video game universe, Derailed, directorial debut of Fernando García-Ruiz o D’Artacán and the three Muskedogs, which adapts the popular animated television series. To finish the program, the filmmaker Alexandre Aja will talk about his favorite sequence from one of the films that has influenced him the most, The glow, by Stanley Kubrick.

22.00 / SyFy

‘Alien, the eighth passenger’

USA, 1979 (110 minutes). Director: Ridley Scott. Performers: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto.

At the time, Alien it revolutionized science fiction cinema. Today, it continues as a benchmark that also explores new paths in the terrifying genre. In Alien, the terror is born from the constant suggestion: the explicitness only comes in the final minutes. A suffocating spaceship, a remote planet and a terrible alien, of which the viewer never has a complete description, are the firm tricks with which a Ridley Scott played in which one could still believe as a director and who used a staging which increased the outbursts of panic.

22.00 / Antenna 3

New appointment with the contest ‘Family Feud: the battle of the famous’

Nuria Roca acts as master of ceremonies in this contest in which two teams of celebrities, who maintain a connection between them, must guess the most popular answers that 100 people have given to questions of all kinds. In tonight’s delivery, the teams, called ‘Amiguetes’ and ‘Un, dos tres’, will be formed respectively by Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernández, Sara Sálamo, David Guapo and Leo Harlem against Ángel Garó, Beatriz Carvajal, Mayra Gómez , Miriam Díaz and Paco Arévalo.

22.30 / Sundance


Spain, 2005 (105 minutes). Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo. Performers: Quim Gutiérrez, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre, Raúl Arévalo.

The remarkable debut of Daniel Sánchez Arévalo was a good incentive to trust in the renewal of the arid panorama of contemporary cinema. It showed a novice director, committed to his characters, who launched into a story as complex as it was truthful. It is true that not all the parallel stories that shape the film are solid, but the types shown in the script appear to the viewer as accurate and carnal, all of them moved by the shaking of existence and overwhelmed by the slab of the father figure.

23.50 / Movistar Drama

‘The curious Case of Benjamin Button’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. USA, 2008 (165 minutes). Director: David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton.

It may be The curious Case of Benjamin Button the film that most clearly shows the quintessence of David Fincher’s cinema. A director who bases his style on the refinement of the staging, on the expressive detail of his images. In this way, it is his meticulous calligraphy that extracts all the emotion from this terrible metaphor of the transience of the human, the portrait of a man who is born with the body of an 80-year-old and rejuvenates with the passage of time.

0.20 / Four


United Kingdom, 2008 (110 minutes). Director: Brad Anderson. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley.

After the interesting Session 9 and the memorable The Machinist, Brad Anderson delivers a film in which, despite its script deficiencies, an imaginative and personal director is perceived. Transsiberian it’s a thriller psychological that accumulates tensions between its characters, magnified by a bulky cast.

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