Manolo has a lot of pressure forced upon him from his family regarding his future, but all he wants to do is marry the woman of his dreams, Maria. However, he is not the only person who wants to make Maria his wife and he is in serious competition with her charming and handsome suitor (and his own best friend) Joaquin. Meanwhile, two spirits of The Land of the Remembered named La Muerte and Xibalba look upon the scene in fascination during the Day of the Dead; a time when spirits are able to effect the the land of the living as they pass between worlds. They decide to make a bonding wager on who will win Maria's affection, with La Muerte betting on Manolo being the victor. When it looks like she might be right, Xibalba has him killed by a snake and taken over to the Land of the Remembered where he is forced to face his biggest fears in order to see his beloved once again.
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In Mexico, two best friends Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) fall in love with the same girl, Maria (Zoe Saldana and so both face each other for her love. Two spirits passing through the world, La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) and Xibalba (Ron Perlman), make a bet over who will triumph out of the two. Muerte on Manolo and Xibalba on Joaquin. When the Xibalba feels the odds are against him, he brings Manolo into The Land Of The Remembered.
The Book Of Life sees Manolo setting out on an exciting, but dangerous journey across three majestic worlds where he will face his greatest challenges, in order to return to Mexico and win over Maria once and for all.
From producer Guillermo Del Toro, The Book Of Life is an animated comedy film directed by Jorge Gutierrez and written by Gutierrez and Doug Langdale (Aladdin: The Return of Jafar). The Book Of Life sees Gutierrez attempt a Nightmare Before Christmas esque Tim Burton style, with jovially dark animation. With exceptional visuals and a story of fortitude, The Book Of Life should be a loveable film for all.
Eugenio Derbez makes his mark with the comedy drama
The biggest Spanish-language opening ever over the Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S. was achieved by Instructions Not Included, according to studio estimates on Monday, The Huffington Post reports.
Eugenio Derbez at the premiere for Instructions Not Included.
The movie, featuring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, raked in $10m, putting fifth alongside big-hitters like Lee Daniel’s The Butler and We’re The Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudekis. What’s more, these high-profile movies were shown in ten times more theatres, making Instructions Not Included’s performance even more admirable.
Valentin was a popular women-loving bachelor until one woman came along who was able to turn all his affections to her alone. After disappearing out of the picture for a while, she arrives on his doorstep with a baby daughter, Maggie, who she claims is his. She tricks him into giving her money to pay for her taxi while he holds Maggie, but subsequently disappears again leaving Valentin facing the biggest challenge of his life. Knowing nothing about fatherhood, he does his best to raise Maggie as well as he can, and the pair become thick as thieves moving from Acapulco to Hollywood so he can get a job as a professional stuntman and have a hope at finding where Maggie's mother is. However, when they do find her, Valentin faces losing his daughter (and most loyal friend) who has become everything he lives for.
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Single mom Grace struggles to be there for her adolescent daughter Ansiedad while she manages her bills, work and her affair with a married man, Dr. Hartford. Ansiedad is inspired by her English teacher Ms. Armstrong to run away from home and start life without her mom after discussing the topic of coming-of-age stories in class. With a little help from best friend Tavita, she makes plans to start her life as an adult while Grace is too busy becoming increasingly distracted by the affections of her co-worker to notice.
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Jack Sadelstein loves his family. He loves his wife, Erin and he loves his two children, Sofia and Gary. But the one family member he truly hates is his sister, Jill. Which is why Jack dreads Thanksgiving every year; it's the one time of the year where Jill travels up to see him to stay for a few days.
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Patricia Riggen's Under the Same Moon takes the song's phony concept even further. It swipes the faux sentimentality of "Somewhere" and duct tapes it to our nation's very real border-crossing dilemma. It pretends to address a serious issue but ends up degrading an entire race.
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