The 10 Best Chilean Films of 2014

Ah, 2014. It was an interesting and conflicting year for Chilean cinema. While it was one of the years with most Chilean film on Chilean screens, it was also one of the few in which there was little to none... More »
  

Eric Ortiz Garcia Picks The Best And Worst Mexican Cinema Of 2014

I watched as many Mexican films as possible this year and still couldn't make a top 10 of favorites. Some of the Mexican movies that were acclaimed in 2014 (Workers and The Naked Room, for example) were 2013 for me;... More »
  

2014: A Dark And Personal Year At The Movies

"Nobody knows anything." Back in 1983, veteran screenwriter William Goldman was writing about the inability of anyone in Hollywood to know how a movie would fare with the public. (His book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, continues: "Not one person... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Complete Set Of Posters For MÉXICO BÁRBARO

With México Bárbaro screening this weekend at Mexico's most important film complex, that would be the Cineteca Nacional, it is the perfect time to share the complete set of posters that were designed for the horror anthology. Eduardo Santaella (aka Guro)... More »
  

Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist Includes IDA, LEVIATHAN, FORCE MAJEURE And A Few Surprises

The Academy has released its shortlist of nine candidates still eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which includes surprise inclusions from Estonia, Georgia and Venezuela, as well as more widely praised offerings from Argentina, Poland, Russia and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: LOCAL GOD, Surreal Horror Of The Creative Process

In his first feature film The Silent House, director Gustavo Hernández told a familiar haunted house story in a unfamiliar way, by shooting it in a single take. For his second feature, Local God, he again approaches a familiar... More »
  

Review: NATURAL DISASTERS (Desastres Naturales), A Funny Political Film About Students And Teachers

It's not usual to find a director under the age of 25 who actually promises not only a style but also an attitude towards the filmmaking space that he inhabits. That is the case of Chilean director Bernardo Quesney, who with... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas Hosting Mexico's Newest Film Festival

The Mexican film industry is celebrating the new year with a new film festival. Kicking off in mid January 2015, the San Cristóbal de Las Casas International Film Festival (FICSC) is set to be the first important event of the... More »
  

Mórbido Mérida 2014 Review: JIRON, How A Movie By A Major Filmmaker Disappeared

Full disclosure: I was completely ignorant of Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada before watching this movie. Thus, Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva, proved to be educational, fascinating, and compelling, not only because it explores the disappearance of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SANTIAGO VIOLENTA Brings Pistolas And Piscolas In The New Theatrical Trailer!

Mirageman and Mandrill director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza is having himself quite a year with the premieres of both Redeemer - his latest collaboration with frequent star Marko Zaror - and his long in post action-comedy Santiago Violenta. The story of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

First Image From Adrian Garcia Bogliano's SCHERZO DIABOLICO

Next up from the grossly prolific, no, check that, stupidly prolific director Adrian Garcia Bogliano is the black comedy Scherzo Diabolico. Variety featured the first image from the film on Wednesday.The director of Twitch faves Here Comes the Devil, Late... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Cineteca Nacional's Masacre En Xoco Reveals 2014 Lineup

UPDATED WITH FULL SCHEDULE The massacre of Xoco is about to begin again at Cineteca Nacional! As usual, curators José Luis Ortega and Mauricio Matamoros Durán have put together a fine selection of horror films for Masacre en Xoco, Mexico City's annual... More »
  

Review: ZERO MOTIVATION Is A Sharply Observed Military Comedy

Stationed in the middle of dusty nowhere, the girls of the administration hub in an Israeli military post spend their time making coffees for the senior officers and doing boring office duties day in and day out. It's far from... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Feratum In Mexico City: Lineup Revealed, Includes MEXICO BARBARO

Cinépolis Diana, a movie theater located in downtown Mexico City, will screen in December some of the films that were part of Feratum Film Fest 2014 (celebrated back in October). The selection includes Alejandro Alegre's Paciente 27 and the Chilean zombie... More »
  

Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Brazil's Urban Legends Come To Life With THE FOSTERING (O DIABO MORA AQUI)

We first came across Brazilian directing duo Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini in these parts when the talented pair submitted their short M Is For Mailbox as part of the ABCs Of Death 2 26th director contest. And now there... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: TEKUANI THE GOLDEN GOD, A Psychological Drama With Supernatural Overtones

In the Mexican film Tekuani: The Golden God (aka Tekuani, The Guardian) three friends who work together as independent rescue workers are having a rough go of it. They help people who are trapped underground or in remote regions of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cairo 2014 Review: SAND DOLLARS, Bodies in Tempetuous Love

Most people would probably like to think that, when it comes to love, we get wiser as we get older, more able to tell who truly loves us and who is using us. But sometimes that chemical reaction takes over,... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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