Spanish / Latino Film Titles
"The Berlinale's top award couldn't have gone to a worse film," I wrote back in February, when Jose Padilha's Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) won the Golden Bear at the 58th Berlin Film Festival. The Elite Squad had already become a blockbuster sensation in its native Brazil. The hard-boiled tale of corrupt cops and ruthless drug dealers in the favelas of Rio comes across as a no-nonsense version of City of God, in which a black-uniformed military police cracks down on both sides of the drug war.
The Secret of Their Eyes
The Secret in Their Eyes - 2010 Best Foreign Language Film - Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) - Peru - Nominated for 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
Broken Embraces review - Penelope Cruz stars as an object of obsession in Pedro Almodovar's new melodrama BROKEN EMBRACES.
Rudo y Cursi
Rudo y Cursi review: Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are back together for the first time in eight years, playing rival step brothers in Carlos Cuarón broad comedy "Rudo Y Cursi."
Under the Same Moon
Patrica Riggen's "Under The Same Moon" is a sentimental fairytale about a Mexican boy named Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), a spunky tyke who crosses the border into the U.S after the death of his grandmother to find his beautiful mother (Kate del Castillo).
All About My Mother
This Pedro Almodovar film won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars and is often called Almodovar's most mature film, but guest critic Bickering Beck deems it "nothing more than a well-acted soap opera."
Battle in Heaven
Carlos Reygadas's sophomore film offers an audacious style, amateur actors performing real on-screen sex, and a melodramatic plot that doesn't add up.
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)
Marcel Camus' Oscar-winning updating of the Orpheus myth, set during the carnival in Rio, is an intoxicating masterpiece that affects the head, heart, and feet in equal measure. Not to be missed.
The infectuous Latin jazz documentary "Calle 54" is out on DVD.
City of God
An exhilerating new film from Brazil. Director Fernando Meirelles marries Tarantino-style spectacle with a social consciousness.
City of Men
Following the triumph of Fernando Meirelles’s "City of God," Paulo Morelli, Meirelles’s long-time collaborator, directs "City of Men." The film reunites City of God cast members Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen and Eduardo BR.
Fernando Eimcke's debut film about fourteen-year-old best friends Flamo and Moko on a Sunday afternoon has an inviting, universal quality. Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, the suprisingly rich story has been garnering awards worldwide.
Daniel Burman’s FAMILY LAW is the witty and touching story of a thirty-something man searching to define his roles as father and son. Argentina’s submission for this year’s foreign-language Oscar, the film will open on December 8, 2006.
Fourteen lonely lives intersect at kilometer zero in the heart of Madrid on a sweltering summer day. The ensuing Midsummer-night sex comedy is directed by Juan Luis Iborra and Yolanda Garcia Serrano.
Bodily fluids flow freely in Sérgio Machado's debut film: blood, sweat, urine, sperm, vomit, and tears. Alice Brago carries this film with her compelling portrait of a young prostitute who comes between two friends.
Daniel Burman's tender-hearted comedy about a young man's coming of age in a seedy mall in Buenos Aires is Argenina's 2004 entry for the Best Foreign Language Film.
Marcelo Piñeyro's sadistic "The Method" offers a unique, Survivor-in-a-boardroom contribution to the suddenly popular genre of the biting office satire.
The Motorcycle Diaries
In 1952, a young medical student and his friend left Buenos Aires to cross the continent on an aging motorcycle, a trip that changed both men profoundly. The youthful Ernesto (Gael Garcia Bernal) would later become the iconic revolutionary Che Guevara. Walter Salles tells the story of "The Motorcycle Diaries."
Nico and Dani: Krampack
This Spanish coming-of-age story about a straight boy and his gay best friend is a miracle: charming, light, and smart. And the title is fun to say, too.
Mexico's highest grossing film of 2003, Hugo Rodriguez' "Nicotina" is a stylized crime caper with a handsome cast including rising star Diego Luna.
City of God DVD Review
A review of Fernando Meirelles' Oscar-nominated slum epic "City of God" on DVD.
From Spain comes an incredibly spooky ghost story by first-time director Juan Antonio Bayona. The film was just selected as the country's entry for the Foreign Film category for the Academy Awards, and it is being produced and "presented" by Guillermo Del Toro. There may not be Spanish Fascists or political allegories in The Orphanage, but as a sophisticated horror movie, the film succeeds beautifully.
Guillermo del Toro mixes myth with history in a fairy tale set at the tail end of the Spanish Civil War.
"Pretty Woman" this is not. In Fernando León de Aranoa Princesas, Caye and Zulema, two melancholic whores in Madrid, hustle for clients, look out for each other and talk dreamily of better times. Candela Pena and Michaela Nevarez star.
Talk To Her
Pedro Almodovar's first film since his Oscar-winning "All About My Mother" is a marvel of melodrama.
Pedro Almodovar reminds us again of his potency as a filmmaker with the sprawling, marvelous melodrama Volver, an engrossing tale--funny and tragic and even surreal surreal--of three generations of women. Penelope Cruz leads an ensemble cast that also includes Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, and Yohana Cobo.
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Beavis and Butt-Head grow up: Alfonso Cuaron's road movie, set in contemporary middle-class Mexico and a changing countryside, is raunchy, poetic, and hilarious.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash
Fernando Trueba's charming film about a deserter in 1930s Spain won 9 Goya Awards.
Behind The Sun
The director of Central Station returns with a gripping story of the Brazilian badlands, circa 1910.
Carlos Saura directed this powerful dance movie based on a Garcia Lorca story. Starring Antonio Gades and Christina Hoyos.
A film about the Spanish Civil War told through the eyes of a little kid.
Fernanda Montenegro's delivers world class performance in Walter Salles 1998 Brazilian film.
Chimes at Midnight
Orson Welles' Falstaff film was filmed in Spain -- it's also his favorite among his own movies. Hard to find, so if you have a chance to see it, go for it.
The Devil's Backbone
Guillermo del Toro's powerful film about dodging bombs and ghosts in Civil War Spain.
Marco Bechis' haunting nightmare about human rights abuses in Argentina during the "dirty war" from 1976-1983.
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
A Brazilian classic directed by Bruno Barreto, starring the lustrous actress Sonia Braga.
The Exterminating Angel
Roger Ebert's review of Louis Bunuel's surrealist masterpiece about a bunch of folks who can't leave the dinner table.
Gabriela (Sonia Braga), escaping from starvation in desert northeastern Brazil, meets Nacib (Mastroianni), a turk immigrant, in Ilheus, a cocoa-dealer prosperous city.
Penelope Cruz stars in Bigas Luna's comendy about love, sex, and food. The invaluable James Berardinelli has the review.
Pedro Almodovar playful 1993 about young cosmetologist Kika.
Pedro Almadovar takes on life, love, desire...and everything in between
Four Latina friends meet in their favorite restaurant to discuss the romance in their lives.
Hector Babenco directed this 1981 Brazilian film about a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crime, drugs and prostitution.
The Red Squirrel
Julio Medem's 1993 award winning drama.
The Uncertainty Principle
Ninety-three year old Portuguese director Manuel di Oliviera's stylized, self-conscious film tells stories of love, abuse, marriage, and betrayal.
Luis Bunuel's 1961 masterpiece has been hailed the best Spanish film of all times.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Pedro Almodovar's whacky comedy is somewhat of a classic by now. Carmen Baura and Antonio Banderas star.
A review of Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo's drama about Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman), a beautiful girl who lives with her father and brother in a lawless border town in Mexico and dreams of becoming a beauty queen.