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Rating Title/Year Author
Wander Darkly (2020) Monica Castillo Wander Darkly remains a potent romantic drama with some thrilling elements. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
() Monica Castillo While Ashe's film may have all the sweets and schmaltz of an old school romantic drama, it feels fresh and almost radical to have a period movie so focused on a Black couple with the thrill to see if they'll live happily ever after. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
() Monica Castillo The colorful images have a way of immersing you into the setting, helping the outside viewer see what the residents of the town already know. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Quiéreme Mucho! (2005) Manuel Betancourt Mucho Mucho Amor isn't merely a biographical doc. It is also a character study that aims to go beyond the capes, beyond the memes, beyond the flair. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
() Carlos Aguilar Ravishing and unshakable, Ewing's authentic film feels like the crossbreed between a painful memory and a hopeful dream about a place, a relationship and a fight for acceptance that's not political but entirely humanistic. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Monica Castillo The script, which Rees and Maro Villalobos adapted from Didion's book, is barely coherent. It's easy to lose track of what's going on, who's lying about what and why Elena's compelled to make some pretty awful decisions. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Manuel Betancourt High Tide makes us keenly aware of these variously intersecting identities, using a beautifully constructed house as the setting for a miniature treatise on class warfare. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
() Manuel Betancourt Summer White paints a dour image of contemporary masculinity. But in centering its story on such toxicity, Summer White asphyxiates its viewer before they even get a chance to breathe. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
() Carlos Aguilar Home videos from Argentine director Ana García Blaya's childhood furnish her autobiographical first feature with an invaluable component that makes her memories tangible. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Leona (2018) Marcos Hassan The characters are portrayed in a realistic way. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
() Manuel Betancourt Scenes at the church, in living rooms and outdoor cookouts ground the film not in lofty abstract ideas about immigration but in real-life concerns about absent fathers and co-workers. It's as illuminating and hopeful as it is enraging. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Araña (2019) Carlos Aguilar Polished in a serviceable manner, Spider has a studio feel. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
() Manuel Betancourt Their cameras feel like visitors that have been allowed into a safe haven that would otherwise have excluded them. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Nuestras madres (2019) Kiko Martinez Our Mothers resembles the skeletal remains Ernesto pulls from the earth - brittle and incomplete. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Tu me manques (2019) Kiko Martinez Tu me manques is a triumph, not only because of the bold and creative choices it makes to tell its story, but also for its urgent message of acceptance. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Kiko Martinez A beautifully photographed drama that doesn't take advantage of its locations to tell an intriguing enough narrative about its coffee growers. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Kiko Martinez Everybody Changes might have its heart in the right place, but its script is sorely lacking in authenticity and sense of time. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
The Projectionist (2019) Beatrice Loayza Cabral bewitches and baffles with a dark story that has all the subliminal force of a recurring dream. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
La odisea de los giles (2019) Beatrice Loayza Heroic Losers makes for an inoffensive, risk-averse heist film riding on the charisma of its performers and the satisfaction of its anti-upper-class escapades. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Beatrice Loayza A gutsy tribute to the ways in which we psychologically invest ourselves in moving pictures. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Un traductor (2018) Monica Castillo Infused with equal measures of work and domestic drama and a sense of helplessness in his situation, the movie is full of emotional moments, brought to life on the screen by a talented cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Longest Night (2019) Monica Castillo Under the disguise of a compelling woman-led thriller, Dana's suffering had a purpose after all. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Retablo (2017) Monica Castillo A vibrant tableau that's wonderful to appreciate and soak in but can feel painful to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Angelfish (2019) Monica Castillo Its tender portrait of young love surviving the City remains fairly untarnished. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Carlos Aguilar Though earnest in its full embrace of whodunit tropes and unabashed tonal excesses, the hilarious ensemble piece capitalizes on its many qualities that will garner mass appeal. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) (2019) Manuel Betancourt A surreal trilingual ode. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Decade of Fire (2019) Manuel Betancourt The triumph of Decade of Fire is that among its very didactic moments where such sociohistorical issues are explained in lucid ways is a very personal story. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Monica Castillo It is neither for nor by us, on either side of the Cuba-U.S. divide, but from another outside perspective entirely. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
The Ship of Monsters (1960) Monica Castillo A wildly energetic oddity that defies expectations. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
August (2019) Monica Castillo While the movie may serve as a dark reminder of this not-so-distant past, it's also a testament to the idea that life does not stop because of politics. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
C- Release (2019) Kiko Martinez How audiences are supposed to root for a character without a single redeeming quality is anyone's guess. Hell, even Hannibal Lecter had good table etiquette. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
() Manuel Betancourt A world so glittering and so lively that it's bewitching. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Carlos Aguilar Incendiary and remarkably bold, in the same manner that a fire is terrifying and fascinating, Larraín's Ema boasts top-notch acting from a cast that comprehends there are no schematic evildoers or virtuous saviors in his domain. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Ready for War (2019) Manuel Betancourt Equally heart-stirring and terrifying... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Monica Castillo A surprisingly witty and illuminating look at the theologies of the two most recent popes. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Monica Castillo Hustlers recreates the riveting crime story for a semisweet feel-good movie that's entertaining from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Manuel Betancourt It just feels so tone-deaf and tired and so unseemly. Even worse, so unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Moneychanger (2019) Monica Castillo That extra layer of meaning that makes Humberto's saga so enticing. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
I'm Leaving Now (2018) Carlos Aguilar A timely and sensitive portrait of a man that speaks loudly for the anguish of many. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Los sonámbulos (2019) Manuel Betancourt A rather claustrophobic experience. This is by design. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
() Manuel Betancourt As much as David's world necessarily feels like it's pulling him in different directions, one wishes Seneca, which has its heart in the right place, had a clearer destination in mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
() Monica Castillo It's a movie with a message - but one harder to grasp when hidden by sensationalism. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
() Monica Castillo Whether she's running up several flights of stairs or punching sandbags in the yard, the movie consistently keeps the energy up. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Paper Boats (2014) Manuel Betancourt Paper Boats is full of such funny memorable moments that to list them is to begin getting at its charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Coyote Lake (2019) Manuel Betancourt Minutes in, it's clear that Coyote Lake is not your run-of-the-mill U.S.-Mexico border get a sense of a filmmaker truly in control of the tone of her film, a bellwether, one hopes, of even more assured films to come. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Carlos Aguilar Issa López's poetically haunting fairy-tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) addresses Mexico's ongoing drug-related violence with an unblinking brand of social realism. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
A- Chulas Fronteras (1976) Kiko Martinez An urgent reminder to Latinos nationwide that the traditions of our past can never be erased, appropriated or walled off without a fight. It's in our blood. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
La Chunta (2018) Manuel Betancourt Both a scrappy chronicle and an ethnographic portrait of an unlikely subculture that's touchingly timely. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Queering the Script (2019) Manuel Betancourt A powerful reminder of the great strides that have been made, but also of the great work that still needs to be done. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
De lo mio (2019) Carlos Aguilar A delicate drama that wears its heart on its sleeve, with subtle outbursts of nostalgic joy. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019