Kikey Castillo, Bel Hernandez, Naibe Reynoso and Dyana Ortelli - The 2013 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival - Opening Night Gala Premiere of 'Pablo' at the El Capitan Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 10th October 2013
Normally, I'd say any movie that features Woody Allen as a homocidal maniac is okay in my book, if only Picking Up the Pieces didn't bore you to tears en route to the funny stuff, which consists solely of Allen's spare one-liners. The plot, involving a New Mexico community that rallies around Allen's dead wife's severed hand thanks to its miracle-granting powers, shows a ton of promise, but never delivers. Note to Alfonso Arau: more boobs.
Four whiny, middle-aged, Latina women just can't understand why a good man is hard to find. Well, if you spouted weepy lines like "I'm falling in love with myself for the first time!" maybe you'd have trouble understanding why as well. Unfortunately screenwriter/star Evelina Fernández doesn't understand just how sappy her writing is (and her acting skills are middling), thus dooming her, and Luminarias, to the 99-cent bin at Blockbuster. If the idea of this movie is remotely appealing to you, check out Tortilla Soup instead.