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Rating Title/Year Author
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
() Manuel Betancourt It just feels so tone-deaf and tired and so unseemly. Even worse, so unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 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
() 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
() Manuel Betancourt Perhaps the most fascinating tidbit in this informational the story of "América Tropical," a mural the artist worked on in Olvera Street in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical District. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
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
Away from Meaning (Lejos del sentido) (2018) 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
José (2018) 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