Latin Beat: Peru's Haunting MAGALLANES And Thrilling DESAPARECER; Plus Mexico's BELLAS DE NOCHE

Peruvians filmmakers are busy tapping into unpleasant realms for their new movies. Actor Salvador del Solar makes his directorial debut with the haunting Magallanes -- we have new stills and the trailer -- while Dorian Fernandez-Moris mines the rain forest, so to... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: THE WALTZ OF THE USELESS Is An Accurate Chronicle That Lacks Focus

Personally, I think that the sign of a good documentary is when it sets out to "document" something and lays out the facts in the ground in a clear and proper fashion, either it be through interviews, narrations, or whatever... More »
  

BLUE RUIN And THE GREEN INFERNO Secure Distribution In Mexico. Watch Both Trailers Now!

Good news for Mexico based fans of revenge and cannibal films! After being part of the Riviera Maya Film Festival back in March, Jeremy Saulnier's revenge thriller Blue Ruin is coming to Mexican cinemas, under the title Cenizas del Pasado (Ashes... More »
  

Watch Grandfathers Misbehave In The Trailer For VIEJOS AMIGOS

Senior citizens in movies tend to come in two flavors: kindly grandfather types who offer words of wisdom, or grumpy, mischievous old coots with a twinkle in their eye who haven't forgotten what it's like to be young. It looks... More »
  

Opening In Mexico: WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS, NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II, And More

Now that the World Cup is over, for Mexico that is, it's time to get back to the movie theaters! This week marks the wide release in Mexico of several worth while films, including the latest work of such auteurs as... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: TIMOTEO'S FABULOUS RAGGED CIRCUS, A True Crowd Pleaser

FIDOCS (Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile) has always been a showcase of the best documentary output that the world has to offer. At the same time it has managed to always choose the best documentaries that will have Chile talk for... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: PROPAGANDA Is Ultimately Universal

FIDOCS is one of the most important film festivals in Chile, as it's maybe one of the finest venues for documentaries from Chile and the world to be featured and seen in one week. Propaganda is a difficult film, due... More »
  

Exclusive: Isaac Ezban Reveals Casting, Plot And Shooting Details For THE SIMILARS (LOS PARECIDOS)

Mexican filmmaker Isaac Ezban got back from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where his - very, very good - debut feature length film The Incident (El Incidente) premiered, and immediately began working on the pre-production for his next project, the... More »
  

Uruguay's Luis Suarez Bites In New Lee Hardcastle Claymation

Luis Suarez is so far the most controversial footballer of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. He scored a couple of goals and Uruguay reached the second round, but now Suarez won't be able to play the Cup anymore as FIFA suspended... More »
  

Álex de la Iglesia's Docufiction On Footballer MESSI Gets A Trailer

"Thank God that (Lionel) Messi exists", says legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff at the end of the first trailer for Messi, Álex de la Iglesia's documentary/dramatization dedicated to the current Argentina national football squad and FC Barcelona leader. The Spanish filmmaker... More »
  

Cineteca Nacional's 34 Foro Lineup: NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II, BORGMAN, And Much More

Films never stop arriving at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional and now, the 34th edition of their second most important event is ready to kick off. Cineteca's 34 Foro Internacional (International Forum) is, just like their Muestra, a fine selection of the... More »
  

Latin Beat: Chile's EL INCONTROLABLE MUNDO DEL AZAR, Peru's PERRO GUARDIAN, Mexico's WORKERS

What's happening lately with genre films in Latin America? Our contributing writers in Chile, Peru, and Mexico tell us about, respectively: (1) a new comedy that bears more than a passing resemblance to a Wes Anderson joint; (2) a gritty thriller... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Mexico's Ambulante Going To California

Mexican stars Gael García and Diego Luna need your help. For almost a decade now, they have been known in Mexico not only for their acting but also as film producers and distributors. Together with Pablo Cruz, García and Luna... More »
  

CANTINFLAS Trailer: The World's Greatest Clown Gets A Biopic

As the first American born child of a half Mexican family, Cantinflas was a presence that was both ubiquitous and mysterious to me as a child. While my own household with my parents was very culturally acclimated to life in... More »
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Review: HELI, Important And Unforgettable, Yet Still Taking The Easy Way Out

In Mexico there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Amat Escalante's third feature Heli. Yes, Steven Spielberg loved it at Cannes and Danny Boyle praised it at the Guanajuato Film Festival, but there's a large group of Mexican critics... More »
  

Review: I HATE LOVE Loves The Rom-Com Formula

Debuting internationally in 2012, but only now arriving in Mexican movie theaters, I Hate Love (Odio el Amor) tries too hard to be a distinctive effort in the romantic comedy field. It brings a mixed cast, with both Mexicans and Americans,... More »
  

Latin Beat: AFTERSHOCK In Chile, John Ford In Mexico, Brazil's BOY AND THE WORLD Trailer

In the latest edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat column, we take a look at upcoming releases in Chile, and also share a peek at documentary festival FIDOCS. We have two reports from Mexico, one on the film festival Distrital's... More »
  

Distrital 2014 Review: THE HAMSTERS Defines A Dysfunctional Family

The Hamsters (Los Hámsters) is the thesis film of CCC student Gilberto González Penilla. Right from the beginning, you understand what the director is trying to achieve with it, as he makes you look at an average Mexican family during... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Wrap: Twitch's Reviews And The Festival's Video Recap

In order to wrap up my Twitch coverage of Fantaspoa 2014, I'm sharing the festival's official video recap, which is a very nice way to get a taste of what happens "behind the scenes" and when you bring together Lloyd... More »
  

Latin Beat: Luis Villegas Talks VITAE, Lima Fest Opens With EL MUDO, Walter Salles Plans Animated NOAH'S ARK

In this week's column, Chilean filmmaker Luis Villegas talks about his upcoming film Vitae; we also have the trailer. From Peru, we hear about the opening night presentation of the Lima Independiente Film Festival, El Mudo; we share the trailers... More »
  
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