Top 11 Movies to Watch Free Open This Weekend (August 20-22): ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ and More

The world has arrived with a new dose of the best cinema that can be seen on a Spanish national television channel this weekend from 20 to 22 August. Today I have chosen what I consider to be the 11 best movies that are broadcast, I have seen and remember enough to feel comfortable recommending them. Without further ado, I leave you with them:

Friday August 20

‘The others’

A milestone in the career of Alejandro Amenábar, who here demonstrated that his works could have a great international reach. It is true that in the purely plot it may be a little more predictable, but everything is well managed and it has an unforgettable work of Nicole Kidman in front of the cast.

22:00 at La 2

Criticism in Espinof

‘The seven hunchbacks’s tower’

A pioneering work within the Spanish horror cinema most valued in recent years but still far from what this film directed by Edgar Neville. With a tone halfway between suspense and mystery, a careful atmosphere and a touch of German expressionism, it is a film worth approaching.

23:45 at 2

saturday august 21

‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’

Cursed temple

Second adventure of the now legendary archaeologist played by Harrison Ford at the orders of Steven Spielberg. The darkest by far, something that helps some have it as their favorite. In my case, it is the one I like least of the first three – the fourth is separate, but I am not one of those who forgets its existence – but it is still top-notch entertainment.

22:10 on Antena 3

Criticism in Espinof

‘How do you know if …?’

How do you know if

Beaten at the time of its premiere, it is true that one would expect more from a film of James L. Brooks with that cast, but when push comes to shove, it’s an irregular but above-average romantic comedy that obviously benefits from having those actors.

23:40 at 1

Criticism in Espinof

‘Cell 211’

Cell 211

All a bombshell of Spanish cinema at the time, mainly for the unforgettable performance of Luis Tosar and the pulse of Daniel Monzon behind the cameras, but the rest also accompanied, up to a Alberto Amann which is usually more of a drag than anything else.

0:15 in Four

Criticism in Espinof

Sunday August 22

‘Fatal weapon’

Fatal weapon

The second film in the Cornetto trilogy is a funny parody that does not give the viewer respite through a frenetic pace that makes the viewer laugh several times. Full of tributes and benefited by the great chemistry between Simon Pegg y Nick Frost.

15:55 at Neox

Criticism in Espinof

‘The descendants’

The descendants

Alexander Payne He offered us one of his best works with this drama that has no problem tackling subjects that in other hands could have given rise to little less than a bad after-dinner movie. Also watch out for the wonderful interpretation of George Clooney.

22:00 in Telecinco

Criticism in Espinof

‘Lethal weapon’

Lethal Weapon

One of the most emblematic action films of the 80s in which there was the union of a director with clear ideas such as Richard Donner with a great couple of actors like the one formed by Mel Gibson y Danny Glover to shape one of the most important buddy movies in the history of cinema.

22:00 at Neox

Criticism in Espinof

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

The Amazing Spiderman

It was not exactly well received at the time of its premiere, in part because it wanted to be too many things at the same time. For my part, I have always seen her as an entertaining and effective adventure that has its best asset in a well-chosen cast.

22:05 at 1

Criticism in Espinof



The start of an unforgettable saga who ended up betting squarely on action, but here he flirts more openly with horror films to tell us the story of Sarah Connor’s escape at the insistence of a machine from the future to end her.

0:10 at 1

Criticism in Espinof

‘Straight Outta Compton’

Straight Outta Compton

A forceful biopic that it is true that it does not deviate too much from the path that these types of projects usually follow, but it does so by betting on the visceral, with a good cast and knowing how to entertain the viewer instead of simply trusting that the story that account is already strong enough.

0:20 at 2

Criticism in Espinof


In Spain they repeat too much movies, so I decided a long time ago to impose a minimum of six months before re-highlighting an already recommended title. However, it may be good for you to know that these days are also broadcast: