Heroes and villains in the madhouse

This week’s billboard brings to theaters the highly anticipated Glass, the closing of the M. Night Shyamalan trilogy that began 19 years ago with The Protected and continued with the surprising Multiple. Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman are the starring trio of The favourite, one of the titles that sound strong for the next Oscars, and the Spanish part is represented by People coming and Bah, second film adaptation of a Laura Norton novel after Don’t blame karma for what happens to you as an asshole and the family tape The great adventure of the Lunnis and the magic book.

We review all the premieres of this Friday, January 18.


“Believing in yourself is contagious” we heard people say in a moment of Glass to Elijah Price, aka Don Cristal, the Samuel L. Jackson character whose bones are as fragile as glass, but whose mind is so powerful and awake as to fool all the staff in the psychiatric hospital where he has been confined for years . M. Night Shyamalan takes up the author of the train derailment from which only David Dunn (Bruce Willis) survived in The protégé as the executing arm of a delivery that puts an end to his peculiar trilogy of superheroes and villains after The protégé and Multiple.

While it seemed that Multiple was to be a totally independent piece in the director’s filmography of The sixth Sense, its final sequence with the stellar appearance of a David Dunn about to go after the dangerous The Beast, one of the 24 personalities of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), also known as The Horde, left us all in awe. It thus linked two films with two different characters that would be continued in a third and definitive installment that would bring together Kevin, a young victim of abuse in his childhood who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, with the mysterious protective man who hides behind a raincoat, and Don Cristal, the wheelchair-bound villain who will silently orchestrate a secret plan as master of ceremonies.

The actors Samuel L. Jackson (i) in the double role of Elijah Price / Mr. Glass, James McAvoy in the double role of Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde and Bruce Willis in the double role of David Dunn / The Overseer, during a scene from ‘Glass’

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Glass it has all the ingredients to recognize Shyamalan’s narrative language behind the camera. It begins with Dunn chasing small-time thugs in the shadows in a vigilante plan under the supervision of his son – Spencer Treat Clark, the same from The protégé– who exercises a thinking mind in the heroic acts of his father in the back room of the premises that sell products for domestic security.

In his mission to find Kevin’s evil superhuman personality, who returns to kidnap impure girls to the delight of his inner Beast, he ends up with him and the quiet Mr. Glass in a kind of asylum supervised by a psychiatrist (Sarah Paulson) specialized in dismantling the theses of individuals who believe they are superheroes “but really possess extraordinary qualities as out of a comic.”

This image released by Universal Pictures shows James McAvoy in a scene from M. Night Shyamalan's

James McAvoy in a scene from ‘Glass’

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From then on, the filmmaker of Indian origin lets his characters explore different situations to make them reflect on their true origin, their weaknesses and the common points that their lives keep, much more than they could imagine at first. A guy who is capable of bending steel; a man with a privileged mind who has suffered 94 fractures in his delicate body and another who is able to dodge the bullets when he acquires his most bloodthirsty personality, locked up like guinea pigs. Are your powers the result of an overflowing imagination?

The truth is that the film starts off with many expectations and humor – pay attention to the director’s humorous cameo in Dunn’s store – which are later relegated to a story that lacks rhythm until it reaches its delirious final section, characterized by another one of those script twists that Shyamalan loves so much. Perhaps it is because the director blurs a story that seems more concerned with the visual style than with bringing to light its more vindictive background. Only the acting madness of James McAvoy and his unfolding in roles as disparate as Patricia or Hedwig manage to hold the viewer’s attention as opposed to an apathetic Willis from start to finish.

The favourite

Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz star in this period film directed by the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos (Langosta, Canine) and set in the early 18th century, with England at war with France. The frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), rules the country in her place while dealing with Ana’s ill health and volatile temper.

The increasingly constant presence of the servant Abigail (Stone) will cause the three women to be involved in a climate of ambition, rage, cruelty and black humor in their particular search for love. Lanthimos offers a very personal version of some characters that he envelops in large doses of surrealism to end up provoking all kinds of delusional emotions.

Murer Case: The Vilnius Butcher

The film written and directed by Christian Frosch chronicles the 10 days of trial faced in 1963 by Franz Murer, the Austrian SS officer responsible for the atrocities committed against Jews in the Vilna ghetto between 1941 and 1943. Murer Case: The Vilnius Butcher it shows the small weight that truth and justice have in the interests of power.

People coming and Bah

After a career basically formed in television series and with a Goya for best fiction short film for Coffee to go (2014), the Barcelona-born Patricia Font makes her debut in the feature with People coming and Bah, second film adaptation of a Laura Norton novel after Don’t blame karma for what happens to you as an asshole (2016).

With an ensemble cast led by Carmen Maura, Clara Lago, Alexandra Jiménez and Álex García, the film revolves around Bea (Lago), a young architect whose life takes a real turn when she discovers that her attractive boyfriend is cheating on her with a famous journalist and is fired from work. To reflect on his future, he decides to return to the home of his unconventional family, with whom he will share memories and some surprises, and he will meet a mysterious man who has suffered a lot.

One more of the family

Ashley Judd, Wes Studi or Edward James Olmos are some of the names that make up the cast of this family story based on the novel by writer W. Bruce Cameron about the incredible adventures of Bella, a dog who embarks on a 400-mile journey to return to her home after being separated from her owner.

The great adventure of the Lunnis and the magic book

The Lunnis return to the big screen in a proposal aimed at the smallest of the house that combines real images with rag dolls and animation in which they have as a mission to save the fantasy world from the evil Crudo, played by Bruno Oro. Lucrecia and Pablo Carbonell are other well-known faces in this film directed by Juan Pablo Buscaini, which features musical themes by Gisela and Aitana.

Women, by Coque Malla

The former leader of the group The Ronaldos He debuts as a director with this documentary that is an emotional journey through the songs on the album of the same title in which he appears surrounded by many of the women who have marked his life: Ángela Molina, Vilma, Leonor Watling, Anni B. Sweet, María Rodés, Alondra Bentley, Jeanette, Rebeca Jiménez and Amparo Valle, actress and mother of Coque Malla who died in 2016.

The French

Based on real events that occurred during the Pinochet dictatorship, the film directed by Gonzalo Justiniano takes us until 1983 to follow Gladys, a young woman with character who is nicknamed The French and that he lives with his mother and daughter in a marginal neighborhood of Santiago. The girl will help a young American missionary who is recording with his camera the climate of repression and the protests against the dictatorship.

God is not dead: A light in the dark

Newcomer Mike Mason directs the third installment of this saga in which Pastor Dave (David AR White) will have to deal with the painful tragedy of seeing his church burned.

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Heroes and villains in the madhouse