TIFF Reviews (Part 3)

Here is the last of my coverage of TIFF. You can read the first two parts of my reviews here: (Part 1) (Part 2) “Charlotte,” directed by Eric Warin & Tahir Rana, is an animated drama that brings to life the remarkable true story of Charlotte Salomon, an enigmatic young German Jewish painter who created…

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TIFF 2021 Reviews (Part 1)

The Toronto International Film Festival has come to an end and it’s time to share my thoughts on the films I’ve had the opportunity to view. This was my second year covering TIFF and I’m incredibly thrilled I was able to do it. In addition, I was accepted via the Media Inclusion Program. Through the…

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Episode 42. TIFF 2021 Recap and “Titane”

In this episode, Rosa talks about her virtual TIFF 2021 experience and lists her Top 10 Films of the festival.  Rosa and Cat review “Titane.” 

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“Candyman” Movie Review

Having seen only the trailer to this film, I was intrigued to see what Nia DaCosta would deliver with her latest film “Candyman.” This new movie (co-written and co-produced by Jordan Peele) is the latest addition to the franchise and takes place 30 years after the original 1992 horror film about a killer named Candyman…

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“I Carry You With Me” Movie Review

I never took the time to consider my mother’s enormous sacrifice leaving her country, her family, and her life until I saw “I Carry You With Me,” a film that gave me an additional layer of perception.  “I Carry You With Me” (2020), follows Ivan’s (Armando Espitia) journey from growing up in Mexico to immigrating…

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“Godzilla vs. Kong” Movie Review

Originally set to release last year, Godzilla vs. Kong became one of the most anticipated releases of 2021. This film was made for the big screen. Like all blockbusters, it has epic fights, extraordinary visuals, and incredible sound.  I was lucky to have seen it in theaters, which is the preferred way to watch it.…

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Episode 19: Alfonso Cuarón

In this episode of Latinx Lens Catherine and Rosa look at three films directed by Alfonso Cuarón. “Great Expectations” (1998) This second Hollywood directed film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic story. Although it’s his least critically acclaimed film, there seems to be some early signs of his unique filmmaking style.  “Y Tu Mamá…

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“Ammonite” Movie Review

As early as its trailer, “Ammonite” unavoidably gave off vibes similar to 2019’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Both are period dramas with intense, secretive romances between women. Common threads in their stories, locations and time periods make it difficult for a viewer familiar with “Portrait” not to compare the two. In fact, there…

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“Half Brothers” Movie Review

An accomplished aviation executive in Mexico and the sibling he didn’t know he had recreate their father’s mysterious journey to the United States years ago in “Half Brothers,” an engaging road-trip film with strong performances and humor that even made me care about a goat. When we meet Renato (Luis Gerardo Méndez), he’s getting ready…

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Episode 7: “The Tax Collector,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” and “Song Without a Name”

In this episode, Rosa and Cat are reviewing three latest releases from streaming and VOD. “Dora and The Lost City of Gold” (2019) “The Tax Collector” (2020) Director: David Ayer “Song Without a Name” (2020) Director: Melina León. Latinx Lens Recommends: “The Fugitive” (1947) Starring Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz

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