Dani Rovira and the Mexican Cecilia Suárez, the popular Paulina de la Mora from ‘La casa de las flores’, demonstrate their lack of chemistry in this Christmas entertainment intended for the family and directed by Fernando Colomo, who has recently been targeted for a bombing. A magical crystal ball thanks to which two snowmen come to life is the trigger for a story in defense of the family unit, which not even the great José Sacristán in the skin of a retired magician can save. Nothing works in a poor comedy that recovers Fernando Esteso and Willy Montesinos in its cast and in which Rappel himself appears. If even the leading children are wrong.
The construction of the Eiffel Tower forms the backbone of this epic story with Romain Duris as engineer Gustave Eiffel and Emma Mackey as the woman who inspired one of the most famous monuments in the world. In 1886, the tallest building in the world was the Washington Obelisk, at 169 meters high. That same year Eiffel proposed to the French Government to erect a tower that would rise 300 meters to celebrate the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris. Directs Martin Bourboulon (‘Daddy or Mommy’) with the help of some spectacular digital effects that recreate the Paris of the time and the construction of the tower.
‘The king of the whole world’
Carlos Saura once again collaborates with the director of photography Vittorio Storaro in a musical about traditional Mexican rhythms. The cast is headed by Ana de la Reguera, Manuel García-Rulfo and Greta Elizondo, prima ballerina of the Ballet de México. After ‘Sevillanas’,’ Flamenco ‘,’ Fados’, ‘Zonda’ and ‘Jota’, the veteran director joins rancheras, corridos and boleros with the help of the author of the unforgettable images of ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘ The last Tango in Paris’. “I have a brotherhood relationship with Mexico,” says Saura. “Buñuel transmitted it to me that he loved that country as he loved Spain.”
‘The secret life of trees’
Forest ranger Peter Wohlleben’s best-seller adaptation, collecting fascinating stories about the unexpected and extraordinary abilities of trees. Wohlleben speaks in an entertaining and enlightening way about the solidarity and cohesion of trees. He travels to Sweden to see the oldest tree in the world, visits Vancouver businesses seeking a new approach to treating forests, and sides with protesters in an environmental protest. He knows that humans can only survive if forests are healthy, and this is our last chance. An essential nature documentary that is worth enjoying on the big screen.
Leos Carax’s film ‘Annette’ has brought to the present the composers of its soundtrack, Sparks, the veteran American rock group of the brothers Russell and Ron Mael, with a 40-year career and 25 albums behind them. British filmmaker Edgar Wright makes a documentary about them with interviews with other musicians such as Thurston Moore, Beck and Giorgio Moroder. How can a rock group succeed, be undervalued, influential and shamefully ignored at the same time, ask those responsible for the film. “They have discarded riffs on which other bands have built their careers,” says actor and comedian Patton Oswalt in the film.
‘The Legend of the Magic Hammer: Thor’
Icelandic animation cinema for the little ones in the house based on legendary characters. As the protagonist we find the young blacksmith Thor, who lives happily with his single mother in a small and quiet town. The legend says that he is the son of Odin, the king of the gods. Therefore their countrymen believe that the Giants will never attack them. But they are terribly wrong. A gigantic army crushes the town and takes the villagers to offer to Hel, the queen of the Underworld. After managing to escape, Thor sets out to save his friends with a hammer, a magical weapon … which he does not know how to use.
Religious cinema continues to arrive punctually in cinemas for Catholic audiences who faithfully flock to see movies with a message. This time it is the turn of abortion with the story of two young students, who after going to bed one night and getting pregnant end up in court. He wants to defend his rights and those of the baby, she is willing to have an abortion. The trial will garner national attention and test the couple’s love. He directs Jim Ball and the cast is led by Ben Davies and Emma E. Roberts.