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Water & Power Trailer


Water and Power are twin brothers nicknamed so by their workaholic father; a blue collar worker at the Department of Water & Power of Los Angeles who insisted that you couldn't have one without the other. While Water is rising to the top in his illustrious political career, Power is caught up in a web of criminal deception as a cop in the LAPD, trying to keep the peace in the mean streets and struggling to work out whether he's doing a good job, or whether he is just like the gun-toting felons he's bringing in. After a particularly traumatic night, the pair reunite and find themselves in a motel room where they must join forces to survive - Water and Power have so many differences, but can they find common ground so they can work together just like their father always said they must?

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Our Family Wedding Trailer


Lucia and Marcus are in love, freshly out of college the couple have decided they want to spend the rest of their lives together. The idea is firmly set in their minds, now all is left to do is to introduce the folks and announce the engagement. Simple.

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Lupe Ontiveros Tuesday 11th May 2010 Cielo Latino 2010 - Latino Commission on AIDS' annual fundraising gala at Cipriani Wall Street New York City, USA

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Lupe Ontiveros Thursday 10th September 2009 Padres Contra El Cancer's 9th Annual 'Sue-o De Esperanza' Benefit Gala held at The Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, California

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Lupe Ontiveros Thursday 10th September 2009 Padres Contra El Cancer's 9th Annual 'Sue–o De Esperanza' Benefit Gala held at The Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, California

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Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros, Piper Laurie and Blythe Danner - Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros , Piper Laurie, Blythe Danner Friday 12th June 2009 at Crystal And Lucy Awards Century City, California

Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros, Piper Laurie and Blythe Danner
Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros, Piper Laurie and Blythe Danner

Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie - Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie Friday 12th June 2009 at Crystal And Lucy Awards Century City, California

Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie
Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie
Debbie Allen and Piper Laurie
Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie
Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie
Debbie Allen, Lupe Ontiveros and Piper Laurie

Dark Mirror Review


Bad
For his debut feature-length Dark Mirror, the 35-year-old director Pablo Proenza has attempted to turn his heroine's fascination with light and angles -- she is a photographer and stay-at-home mother -- into his visual aesthetic. Sunlight blinds the eye as it pours through a window, and certain images are impaired by strains of artificial light in an attempt to call attention not only to the protagonist's state of mind but also the very process of filmmaking that is going on. Proenza wants us to be aware we are watching a film.

This is sadly the most interesting thing I can say about Dark Mirror, an otherwise dull, overwrought and hopelessly conventional thriller about a photographer named Deborah (Lisa Vidal) who triggers something when she takes a photo of herself in her bathroom mirror. Opening the gateway to the past or an alternative reality or, hey, her own madness, she begins to see images of a hooded slasher who inevitably begins to accrue a small body count.

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El Norte Review


Extraordinary
Gregory Nava's El Norte has come to be regarded as the definitive portrait of the experience of undocumented Latin-American workers in the United States. Released in 1983, Nava's film has lost none of its lyrical and thematic power as it follows two Mayan Indian teenagers, brother and sister, whose dreams of a better life in America belie the fact they are simply trading one form of dehumanization for another.

The film's direction and script -- co-written by Nava and Anna Thomas -- are spare yet purposeful. At times, Nava and Thomas's work feels a bit clumsy with its jabs at broad cultural stereotypes (fatuous gringo employers, vulgar Mexicans, etc.) and liberal dips into melodrama, but El Norte is also lyrically eloquent, steeped in dreams and visual metaphors that allude to a portentous future for its protagonists.

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Selena Review


Very Good
The short life of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez ended in 1995 when the 23-year-old was gunned down by her own assistant. Young, beautiful, newly married, and beloved by millions of music fans, Selena was at the height of her popularity and was making inroads into the mainstream American pop market when it all came to that tragic end. What a biography. And what a screenplay.

Two years after Selena's death, writer/director Gregory Nava brought Selena to the screen with Jennifer Lopez bravely taking on the challenge of appearing in almost every scene, doing all that dancing, and lip-synching all those songs. It was a triumph for the actress that 10 years later she has yet to surpass.

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Real Women Have Curves Review


Very Good
You think you had it rough as a teenager? Well maybe you didn't like your English teacher, but did your oppressive mother say you couldn't go to college because you needed to stay home and work in your sister's dress sweatshop -- for no pay?

That's what I thought.

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Storytelling Review


Excellent
Writer-director Todd Solondz has a knack for making us feel downright uncomfortable. He did it in his twisted debut, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), with a young Brendan Sexton III announcing his intentions to rape an even younger Heather Matarazzo. He did it in Happiness (1998), in nearly every scene. And he's providing more squirm-inducing moments in Storytelling, a film with less intensity than Happiness, but with a continuing streak of intellectually challenging dialogue and unforgiving subject matter.

Aside from Solondz's decidedly risky topics, his format in Storytelling takes chances. It presents two separate shorts, entitled "Fiction" and "Non-fiction," with no obvious connection between the two. The only true thread is that both comment on the telling of tales, the shifting of points of view, and the way most people in Solondz's suburban landscapes constantly paddle their painful lives upstream.

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Picking Up The Pieces Review


Bad
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.

Chuck & Buck Review


Excellent
Forgiveness is a thing most people long for in their lives. Forgiveness represents a silent and indescribable object that opens doors of acceptance and slams shut avenues of obsession. It is a delicate object that is difficult to find in people and their actions. What amazes me is how the slightest gesture, vision, or tragedy can become the main element in the catalyst of this emotion.

Chuck & Buck is a story of forgiveness, a tale of individuals locked in obsession, denial, and ignorance. The film revolves around two guys, Chuck and Buck, who were the best of mates growing up. When Chuck moves at the age of 11, the trauma ends up stunting Buck emotionally. Flash-forward about 17 years and we encounter Buck, who still plays with Matchbox cars and keeps a glowing blue orb lamp stuffed full of lollipops. Buck's mother has just passed away so he writes a letter to Chuck, whom he hasn't seen since the departure, asking him to come to her funeral.

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Passionada Review


Very Good
At first glance, Passionada may sound like a movie playing "after dark" on some seedy cable channel. To the contrary, the passion described in the title does not occur between the sheets; rather, it's the passion the characters of this small, genuine, Portuguese romantic comedy have for life and each other.

Set in the fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a beautiful middle-aged Portuguese woman, Celia Amonte (Sofia Milos) uses her day job as a seamstress to support her teenage daughter Vicky (Emmy Rossum) in the house she shares with her mother-in-law (Lupe Ontiveros). At night, she sings and dances at a local restaurant to a more somber beat, using her music as an expression for the loss she feels over her husband's death. Even seven years after his death, Celia feels she could never love another, despite Vicky's attempts to set her up on various online dates. When an English drifter and professional gambler named Charlie (Jason Isaacs) rolls in town to clean out the local casino, he quickly becomes taken with Celia and tries every trick in the book to con his way into her heart.

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Water & Power Trailer

Water & Power Trailer

Water and Power are twin brothers nicknamed so by their workaholic father; a blue collar...

Our Family Wedding Trailer

Our Family Wedding Trailer

Lucia and Marcus are in love, freshly out of college the couple have decided they...

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Storytelling Movie Review

Storytelling Movie Review

Writer-director Todd Solondz has a knack for making us feel downright uncomfortable. He did...

Chuck & Buck Movie Review

Chuck & Buck Movie Review

Forgiveness is a thing most people long for in their lives. Forgiveness represents a...

Passionada Movie Review

Passionada Movie Review

At first glance, Passionada may sound like a movie playing "after dark" on some seedy...

Storytelling Movie Review

Storytelling Movie Review

Todd Solondz's "Storytelling" is designed to foster a sensation of absorbing discomfort, not unlike his...

Real Women Have Curves Movie Review

Real Women Have Curves Movie Review

Self-respect, self-confidence and self-empowerment are the rah-rah-rah themes of "Real Women Have Curves," a winning,...

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