What’s On Friday

January 25th, 2013

1:30 P.M. (IFC) ABOUT A BOY (2002) In Paul and Chris Weitz’s adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Hugh Grant plays Will, a London Lothario with a Peter Pan complex who must face up to his irresponsible ways when Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), the socially inept 12-year-old son of a hippie-dippy single mother (Toni Collette, above, with Mr. Grant, right, and Mr. Hoult), begins to stalk him. Rachel Weisz is the artist on whom Will fixes his sights; he uses Marcus to help seduce her. Writing in The New York Times, A. O. Scott said that “Mr. Grant, leaning on his mumbling charm until it turns into its opposite, is an ideal cad.” Like “High Fidelity,” another of Mr. Hornby’s works, “ ‘About a Boy’ finds redemption in a stale, gooey pop song, in this case Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly,’ ” Mr. Scott added. “It’s a cheap trick, but one that’s guaranteed to work every time. You succumb to the movie’s warmth and bonhomie because the alternative is to remain in the isolating, self-protective cynicism from which Will has been lucky to escape.”

10:15 A.M. (TMC) THE COMPANY MEN (2010) Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones (from left below) and Chris Cooper portray employees of a Boston company confronting corporate downsizing — the better to justify the chief executive’s $ 22 million salary on the eve of a probable merger. “Some of the details are wrong,” Stephen Holden wrote in The Times of this feature-film directing debut from John Wells. “Yet the minor miscalculations pale beside the film’s unflinching depiction of the perils of heedless upward mobility that, for all the luxuries it affords, looks pretty grim.” Playing a man who rose from the factory floor to an executive suite, Mr. Cooper, he added, “gives a great, tragic performance of a man who lashes out like a trapped snake when he realizes that, in his words, ‘my life ended, and nobody noticed.’ ”

1:45 P.M. (Sundance) PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES (2010) Picasso attended the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, where he was mesmerized by the American dancer Loie Fuller, who wore billowing veils onto which colored light was projected. Those images found their way into his 1907 painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” This documentary from Arne Glimcher argues that films, starting with the early experiments of Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers, were a formative influence on Modern painting, especially Cubism, which was founded by Picasso and Braque in 1907. Martin Scorsese, who helped produce the film, narrates; the artists Julian Schnabel, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, Lucas Samaras and Robert Whitman weigh in.

8:30 P.M. (13) NEED TO KNOW In this second of two inauguration episodes, the anchor Jeff Greenfield examines proposals by the advocacy group Common Good to end bureaucratic gridlock and explores how malpractice lawsuits contribute to rising health care costs. William Brangham travels to Denmark, where medical disputes are settled out of court by experts.

8:30 P.M. (TV5Monde) POUR DJAMILA (2011) Caroline Huppert directed and wrote the screenplay, based on a book by Simone de Beauvoir and Gisèle Halimi, for this historical drama about Djamila Boupacha (played here by Hafsia Herzi), an Algerian National Liberation Front activist who in 1960 was accused of planting a bomb in a university cafeteria and imprisoned. Ms. Boupacha eventually confessed, but her lawyer, Ms. Halimi (Marina Hands), denounced her statement as a result of having been tortured by the French army.

9 P.M. (Fox News) BOOMTOWN: , THE IMPERIAL CITY In this edition of “Hannity,” the host, Sean Hannity; Peter Schweizer, the president and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute; and Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, investigate what they call crony capitalism among the city’s power elite and the tactics used by lobbyists, bureaucrats and legislators to finance their lifestyles with taxpayer money.

10 P.M. (IFC) PORTLANDIA The major (Kyle MacLachlan) resigns after becoming involved in an environmental scandal. Some local musicians embark on a “Battle of the Gentle Bands.” And an inspector stops by Peter and Nance’s bed-and-breakfast. Roseanne Barr, George Wendt and Chloë Sevigny guest star.

10 P.M. (HBO) REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER David Avella, the president of Gopac, which recruits Republicans for higher office; Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate; and Kristen Soltis, a Republican political strategist, are seated at the round table. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California; and Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, are interview guests. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

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