Written in 2017, shot in 2019, and now theatrically released, ‘The Pink Cloud,’ with its backdrop of a worldwide crisis that forces everyone into lockdown and isolation, feels terribly prescient. And by keeping the story so focused on its two main protagonists, Brazilian fillmmaker Iuli Gerbase has delivered an unnerving and disquieting view of the times in which we live.
I watched 145 films last year. But since I have yet to see some of the key titles released, I decided that this year, instead of a “Best Films of the Year” roundup, I would put together a list of my favorite films of 2021.
For my money, this version of ‘West Side Story’ is far more definitive and richer than the 1961 version that has long haunted Puerto Ricans across the globe.
Film critic Alejandro A. Riera offers his list of the films that will fill your heart with cheer this holiday season.
Despite its great cast, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ is yet another example of how Hollywood goes astray by appeasing the fans’ nostalgia.
Eternals may not be an entirely successful film but the fact that its humanity comes through, in spite of all the backstory and the by-the-book epic cataclysmic battles against all kinds of monsters, is worth appreciating and cherishing.
Film critic Alejandro A. Riera offers his list of the films and shows to watch this November.
Film critic Alejandro A. Riera reviews a few Spanish and Latin American movies from the Chicago International Film Festival running through October 24.