Reviews



Last Days in Havana (Fernando Pérez) Review – Berlinale 2017



By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritamrios)

Director Fernando Pérez won two prizes in the last version of Havana Film Festival: Special Jury Prize and Best Soundtrack for his last production Last Days in Havana that has been selected on the section “Berlinale Special” these days.

We watch on this movie a story of modern Cuba, the one that lives between the hope of a desired change and the aftermath of revolution and a blockaded country for United States during almost six decades.

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Oscar Noms. Hidden Figures Review. A women’s empowerment story.



“I can’t change the color of my skin so I have no choice but to be the first”

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Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)

By Sandra M. Ríos U. (@sandritamrios)

Another singular story based on real facts that has been nominated at Oscars in the category of Best Feature Film of the Year is Hidden Figures, the story of a group of black women who made great contributions in the space race against The Soviet Union.

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Oscar Noms. Hacksaw Ridge Review. Mel Gibson makes a vigorous directorial return



“War starts when lies ends”

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By Sandra M. Ríos U. (@sandritamrios)

Mel Gibson after some shy appearances as actor after his scandals with alcohol, his bad character and an unfortunate antisemitic statements about 10 years ago, has made his directorial return with a portentous movie, Hacksaw Ridge.

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The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) Review – A great intriguing drama about justice and revenge



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Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritamrios)

Asghar Farhadi is back in Oscar Awards with his latest movie “The Salesman” that has been selected to represent Iran in the category Best Film of Non-English Language. Film will be nominated probably. The Salesman has gotten 17 nominations and has won 8 prizes, among them Best Foreign Film at the Satellite Awards that are given by the International Press Academy.

If there is a director able to show a dilemma and includes all the possible sharp edges this person is Iranian Farhadi. The Salesman is another effective drama that puzzles us.

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Why La La Land is such as transcendent movie. A Film Review



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By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritmarios)

La La Land, the second film by director Damien Sayre Chazelle (31), continues conquering the world. After Golden Globes ceremony collects 70 awards and 162 nominations from different film festivals, associations and film academies.

In the same way that Whiplash, La La Land was written by the same Chazelle in an attempt to show his relation with arts and his context, something that keeps a relation with his two last movies. “They both deal with something that’s really personal to me: how you balance life and art, how you balance reality and dreams and also, specifically, how you balance your relationship with other people. With La La Land, I wanted to tell that story using music, song and dance. I think the musical as a genre is a great vehicle for expressing that balancing act between dreams and reality”. 

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KIKI, love to love by Paco Leon – REVIEW



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By Sandra Ríos (@sandritamrios)

This Spanish comedy directed by Paco Leon has received four Goya Award nominations recently: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress,  Best Newcomer Actress and Best Original Song. The ceremony will take place next February 4th.

Four nominations for a comedy movie could seem enough because we are accustomed this genre will be the great absentee during Awards Season, but some Spanish audience has said Kiki, love to love deserved more nominations in relevant categories specially. Some media, like El Español, have published articles saying that members use to confuse the comedy with inconsequential or light and that these Film Academies will prefer always tears (drama) than laughter. 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues as the preferred option in theaters – Review



After being released in the middle of December 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues being the preferred option in theaters these two first days of 2017.

The movie is on battle with the recent project by Illumination Entertainment, Sing, that also got a good box-office with an estimated $42.8 million in three-days. The same behavior was replicated in many countries included Canada.

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Moana Film Review. Another compelling Disney Animation



“The ocean chose me for a reason”

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By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritamrios)

For this long weekend of Thanksgiving Day celebration in the United States, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released Moana worldwide, another great familiar story from the unshakeable of animations films.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Film Review



“Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America? We don’t let things loose”

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By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritamrios)

Finally, the adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released worldwide, the supplement of Harry Potter story written by J.K. Rowling and published in 2001. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them expands its magical world 70 years before Potter’s story begins.

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— There Will Be Blood, 2007