While some of my June recommendations may have been produced and distributed by such corporate entities as Netflix and HBO Max, they share one thing in common: they are all made of stars—Bardem, Banderas, Cruz, García, Estefan, J.Lo.
In Apple TV+’s new crime drama ‘Now and Then,’ Puerto Rican acting legend Rosie Perez shows why she deserves to star in her own dramatic series once and for all.
Documentaries about Cypress Hill, a cabaret in Mexico City, and a female gang leader in the Bronx are among critic Alejandro A. Riera’s list of films to watch in April.
More than anything, the Oscars indicate our political divisions and highlight our shortcomings. They are shiny golden metaphors for how America is not a unified culture, nor even a unified country.
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.