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Rating Title/Year Author
Fin de siglo (2019) Manuel Betancourt With idyllic scenarios of the welcome beauty of finding someone who wants you, Fin de siglo is a gorgeous examination of what 21st century relationships can look like. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
() Manuel Betancourt Cazador and Pérez make the journey feel not only urgent but necessary, especially for a 2019 audience in dire need of such thoughtful historical exploration. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B The Chambermaid (2018) Kiko Martinez The Chambermaid is a story of idealism centered on a character who is stuck in perpetual limbo. It's easy to root for someone like [her] because deep down, we sense that if she can survive the demanding nature of her work, we can, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
() Monica Castillo A fascinating example of how to share someone else's story without losing sight of its subject. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Las herederas (2018) Monica Castillo This unshowy camerawork and natural performances make The Heiresses feel realistic. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Amexicano (2007) Remezcla Team Amexicano won't shake the world. It's too uneven for that. But it certainly has value, sending a puff of strange, mild - but fresh - wind out into the atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Volver (2006) Remezcla Team The film is, almost by definition, deeper, more intelligent, more nuanced and more beautifully filmed than at least 95 percent of the movies coming out of Hollywood - if not more. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Where God Left His Shoes (2007) Remezcla Team This story opens our eyes to the sub-world of heart-breaking homeless shelters, showing the main holiday season as the busiest time. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Beatrice Loayza Márquez Abella proves a thoughtful and measured filmmaker, filling her beautifully shot melodrama with subtle, but effective characterizations. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
B+ Marighella (2019) Kiko Martinez There is a lot to unpack in Marighella's 155-minute runtime, but the pacing never lags and the overall production is impressive. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
B Eva and Lola (2010) Kiko Martinez By refusing to take the easy way out, [Spanish writer/director Arantxa Echevarría] transforms Carmen y Lola into a less cliché, forbidden love story with real consequences. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
The Proposal (2018) Manuel Betancourt At once an intellectual exercise and an artistic manifesto of sorts, The Proposal also serves as an archive of Barragán's work. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Yo Imposible (2018) Beatrice Loayza The final act is an empowering and incredibly progressive conclusion to a story that could otherwise end so tragically, a breath of relief considering the policy concerns regarding gay and queer rights that have yet to be addressed in Venezuela. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
The Dominican Dream (2019) Manuel Betancourt Indeed, while the intimate on-screen interviews are wonderfully candid, the real joy of The Dominican Dream is seeing all those grainy, video-taped games that give but a glimpse into how great of a player López was. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Picture Character (2019) Manuel Betancourt In between fascinating interviews with linguists, designers, emoji activists (yes, it's a thing!) and Unicode board members, Picture Character follows the attempts to get three new emoji accepted... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Monica Castillo For a documentary about so much heartbreak, there is a surprising amount of joy and catharsis. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Councilwoman (2019) Manuel Betancourt Councilwoman is an inspiring and informational documentary that serves both as record and template for what politics and politicians can look like in 2019. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Guava Island (2019) Monica Castillo Stripping away the island's identity inadvertently taps into the idea that the Caribbean islands - and Latin America or African countries, in general - are all just the same. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Carlos Aguilar You'll have better luck running into the actual Llorona in a desolate alley than finding cultural significance in the darkness of a movie theater invoking this cash grab of a spirit. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Kristen Lopez Someone Great certainly lives up to its title. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Los Reyes (2018) Beatrice Loayza There is something simultaneously sad and joyous to the movie's spotlight on their companionship. And it's precisely this complexity of feeling that makes Los Reyes one of the most rewarding dog movies I've seen to this day. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Los silencios (2018) Manuel Betancourt Los silencios is a quiet marvel. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Invisibles (2007) Remezcla Team The media, the techniques, the cinematography, the aesthetics, the way to tell the story, no matter if it's beautiful or boring, smart or common... all is justified in this document that bears witness to all kind of atrocities. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Remezcla Team Truly a ride of pure enjoyment to watch... EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
The Headless Woman (2008) Clairefrisbie A nice trip into a hazy world where truth is relative and quite beautiful at the same time. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Gimme the Power (2012) Afroxander Rubio's film shows ambition where none is required, making Gimme the Power a lot like Molotov's music: politically engaged without having to take itself too seriously. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Cuban Fury (2014) Maria-Christina Villaseñor Save yourself from ending up furioso and skip it. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Miriam Lies (Miriam Miente) (2018) Manuel Betancourt Miriam miente deserves to be seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
El silencio del viento (2017) Carlos Aguilar Subdued performances from the entire cast, in particular Israel Lugo in the lead, reflect the grounded tone of a piece that decisively avoids melodrama. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Jose (2016) Manuel Betancourt It makes a fascinating companion to fellow queer Guatemalan film, Temblores. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Las Sandinistas! (2018) Beatrice Loayza Nevertheless, Las Sandinistas is a riveting and eye-opening experience thanks to Dora Mara, Daisy, Giaconda, Sofia, Claudia, and Olga, the film's thoroughly compelling interview subjects. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
() Beatrice Loayza With lyrical, unrushed sequences basking in the artful, dance-like physical coordination required of street painting, there's something to the spirit of Los días de la ballena that is comfortable, and ultimately satisfying... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) Monica Castillo Goldstein Knowlton takes her time to introduce several of the girls in the Radical Monarchs to the audience, and we become just as invested as Martinez and Hollinquest are in seeing them grow into proud, strong women... EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Manuel Betancourt The relentless dour tone of the film is counterbalanced by its gorgeous cinematography, which is aptly shaky and gritty. Equally arresting is the film's art direction, which portrays world that looks trapped in the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
() Monica Castillo On its own, Red 11 is a functioning B-movie, outfitted with strange characters, inexperienced actors, a busy plot and a DIY aesthetic that makes certain aspects look charmingly makeshift. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
() Monica Castillo Somos Calentura's strength lies in its ability to capture the raw frustrations and unleashed energy in its characters' dance moves. The men's performances develop as the drama in their lives escalate. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Manuel Betancourt Intoxicating for the way it manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning in how it turns La Guajira into a broad dreamlike canvas, Birds of Passage is a towering achievement. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Manuel Betancourt One wishes...that Alita's tale were able to rise above muddled storytelling and intermittently great action sequences. It all feels like too much setup, too much exposition, too much world-building. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Carlos Aguilar Not surprisingly, by delving into his intimate recollections, Sama, a director with several features to his name, has assembled his most laudable movie yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Monos (2019) Manuel Betancourt Landes keeps the story grounded away from sociopolitical rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Pahokee (2019) Monica Castillo The pair filmed and worked in the community making shorts for years before entrenching themselves for this massive feat, and the casual acceptance of their presence helps Pahokee feel like something special. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Sea of Shadows (2019) Monica Castillo Sea of Shadows may still raise awareness about the plight of other sea creatures still under threat from illegal nets sweeping the bottom of the ocean, killing everything unfortunate enough to swim in its wake. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The Sharks (2019) Carlos Aguilar Extremely subdued on all fronts, Garibaldi's The Sharks subverts the exuberance associated with coming-of-age storylines. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Beatrice Loayza It's evident that the new Miss Bala is an anglicized story, a mainstream narcoland action movie with an artificially empowered female lead as its selling point. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Manuel Betancourt [Director Luke] Lorentzen's filmmaking is unfussy and near-surgical in its precision. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kiko Martinez It won't do for Latinos what Black Panther did for the African-American community earlier this year from a cultural perspective, but the highly stylized animated film is a solid first step in making the mainstream superhero universe more inclusive. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Roma (2018) Claudia Puig An exhilarating masterpiece, Roma is at once quintessentially Mexican and profoundly universal. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
A- Roma (2018) Kiko Martinez It's as close to cinematic poetry as you can get and director Alfonso Cuarón, with an expert-level attention to detail, places us at the center of his story - watching, listening, waiting, and cherishing every delicate moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
D- Peppermint (2018) Kiko Martinez The people behind Peppermint need to hear the more uncomfortable discussions their movie provokes. They need to listen, take note and realize that in 2018 they should be better than this. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Monica Castillo Instead of taking the Sicario story in a new direction, the narrative doubles down on the worst aspects of the original, feeding into xenophobic stereotypes about people crossing the border. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018