On TV Thursday, December 23: a huge failure at the US box office that deserves to be discovered – A …

Every day, find the program of films and series to watch on TV. Tonight: An ambitious production by Peter Jackson, a new series about Empress Sissi and Jim Carrey Hates Christmas.

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THE FILM OF THE DAY

In 2008, Peter Jackson embarked on the production of the adaptation of the steampunk novel “Fatal Mechanics” by Philip Reeve. He entrusted the realization of it to his faithful collaborator Christian Rivers, of which it is the first feature film. However, the project comes against a backdrop of tense saga adaptations for young adults. The Hunger Games have been over for two years and Divergente is unable to close its franchise.

When it was released in 2018, no blockbuster was so shunned by the public as Mortal Engines. With a production budget of $ 110 million, it didn’t even gross 70 worldwide and became the 5th lowest grossing film of all time after Sinbad – Legend of the Seven Seas, John Carter, King Arthur. : The Legend of Excalibur and Monster Cars.

However, if he does not avoid all the pitfalls of fiction for teenagers, Mortal Engines deserves a look for its breathtaking special effects of realism and inventiveness, contemporary themes and unconventional female characters.

Mortal Engines by Christian Rivers with Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving …

From 10 years old

Tonight on TMC at 9:15 p.m.

ALSO ON TV TONIGHT

TF1 – 9:05 p.m.

Sissi with Dominique Devenport, Jannik Schümann, Desiree Nosbusch …

Season 1 Episode 1: Young woman of character, fiery, both a child of nature and a tomboy: this is Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria, nicknamed Sissi! She is preparing to go to Bad Isch, in the south of Upper Austria, where her older sister, Duchess Hélène “Néné” of Bavaria, is to announce her engagement to Emperor Franz Josef. There, during a horse chase, Sissi and Franz accidentally find themselves in a perilous situation …

France 3 – 9:05 p.m.

Roxane by Mélanie Auffret with Guillaume De Tonquédec, Léa Drucker, Lionel Abelanski …

Always accompanied by his faithful hen Roxane, Raymond, a small producer of organic eggs in central Brittany, has a well-kept secret to make his hens happy: reciting the tirades of Cyrano de Bergerac to them. But faced with the pressure and the unbeatable prices of the big industrial competitors, its small exploitation is threatened. He will have an idea as crazy as it is incredible to try to save his farm, his family and his couple: to make the buzz on the Internet.

CANAL + – 9:10 p.m.

Dexter: New Blood with Michael C. Hall, Jack Alcott, Julia Jones …

From 12 years old

Season 1 Episode 3: Harrison takes the high school integration exam. Dexter learns that cameras installed for animal monitoring have captured Matt Caldwell’s hunting session. Kurt Caldwell, the father of the missing, puts pressure on Angela and her team. A forensic officer is dispatched to take samples; his conclusions shake Dexter.

Arte – 8:55 p.m.

It’s easier for two Emilie Deleuze with Michel Galabru, Agathe Bonitzer, Luce Radot …

Can a simple contract regulate the daily life of a joint life between an 18-year-old student and an 84-year-old retiree? This is the bet that Marilyn and Joseph take by registering for a program which allows young students to find free accommodation with the elderly … Everything is planned, settled, planned … This is precisely all the problem. Joseph enrolled in this program out of necessity, but long years of loneliness and habits don’t come smoothly. Indeed Marilyn, by her very presence, has the effect of a hurricane … Their cohabitation will come up against the inevitable hazards of an improbable life as a couple … But also to bring together two beings that everything separated.

TFX – 9:05 p.m.

Momo by Sébastien Thiery and Vincent Lobelle with Christian Clavier, Catherine Frot, Sébastien Thiery …

One evening, on their way home, Mr. and Mrs. Prioux discover with amazement that a certain Patrick has moved in with them. This strange boy came back to his parents to introduce them to his wife. The Prioux, who have never had a child, are completely overwhelmed … Especially since everything seems to prove that Patrick is indeed their son. Is Patrick a mythomaniac? A manipulator? Did the Prioux forget that they had a child? Madame Prioux, who suffers from not being a mother, is she inventing a son?

TF1 Séries Films – 9:00 p.m.

Ron Howard’s Grinch with Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor …

It’s December and the cheerful inhabitants of Chouville, all covered in snow, are actively preparing to celebrate Christmas, their favorite time of year. But, above the valley, in a mountain cave, lives in isolation a very green and deeply misanthropic figure, the Grinch. Only the Grinch, who hates Christmas as much as people, has to go to Chouville to fill his completely empty pantry. It is in town that he crosses paths with little Cindy-Lou Chou, who hurries to send her letter to Santa Claus. An idea then germinates in the mind of the Grinch.

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