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Raul Navedo

50 Posts
Language Lessons Review | SXSW2021

Language Lessons Review | SXSW2021

Clever and emotional, Language Lessons finds a way to make the video-chat-narrative work with a thoughtful, funny, and relatable story that feels natural rather than forced. Never did I feel like I was watching a gimmick but instead like I was watching something private and special. Language Lessons Cariño, a teacher living in Costa Rica, is hired to give Adam, a well to-do man in California, a refresher on Spanish, a language he spoke as a child but has since fallen out of practice with it. Over the course of their sessions these two strangers will go through some of…
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Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon is the beautifully animated latest addition to the Walt Disney Animation Studios collection! An inspiring narrative tackling themes of teamwork, trust, and the power of people coming together to tackle a common threat. However, the film suffers from the same trope so many Disney films suffer from. Absurd, yet, adorable characters that serve to draw cheap laughs from its audiences and, ultimately, sell merchandise. Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon Raya is the princess of Heart, one of the tribes that make up the fractured lands of what was once the kingdom of Kumandra. She…
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Pixar’s Luca Teaser Trailer

Pixar’s Luca Teaser Trailer

Another absolutely adorable addition to the Pixar library! Luca will be the first Disney Pixar film set in Italy, featuring Italian characters and inspired by a fable from the region as well as by the childhood of director Enrico Casarosa. Disney and Pixar’s upcoming original feature film Luca is a fun and heartwarming story about friendship, stepping out of your comfort zone and two teenage sea monsters who experience a life-changing summer. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna) and produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), Luca features a remarkable voice cast.  https://www.youtube.com/embed/YdAIBlPVe9s ·         Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder) lends his…
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Raya & the Last Dragon | Sneak Peak with Original Song by Jhené Aiko

Raya & the Last Dragon | Sneak Peak with Original Song by Jhené Aiko

A brand-new sneak peek at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” reveals the new original song, “Lead the Way”, written and performed by Grammy®-nominated artist and songwriter, Jhené Aiko.  Oscar®-nominated, Emmy® and Grammy®-winning composer James Newton-Howard (“News of the World,” “A Hidden Life,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald”) created the original score.   “Lead the Way” is featured in the end credits and is included on the Walt Disney Records soundtrack, available digitally on Feb. 26.  The music video for the track featuring Aiko is directed by one of  “Raya and the Last Dragon” directors, Carlos López Estrada, and…
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

This review will be different… The United States vs. Billie Holiday is powerful and triggering. Lee Daniels takes the story of a legend and composes a visual narrative that mentions and, on occasion, sheds light on that which the opening and closing texts would have you believe is the focus of the film. Lynching… an abysmal act that, to my surprise, has yet to be outlawed in our “great” nation due to semantics, and which inspired the “song of the century” “Strange Fruit”. Daniels chooses instead to focus on heroin, on how the FBI used it to strike fear in…
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Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a raw moving picture that delves into a relationship molded by years of complicated love and into how it can be shattered in an instant by selfishness and abandonment. A quiet patient story that explores so much more than emotion and touches on a side of togetherness few have experienced but most understand. The feeling of loving someone with everything you have but knowing they can’t help but bring pain and never seem to take it with them when they leave. Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill,…
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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno is an icon in the Hispanic community. An inspiration to people of color, particularly women, in feeling that their dreams are possible regardless of the obstacles in their way. This documentary captures her story and puts it on display for the world to see. Depicting her as so much more than just a singer, an actress, a dancer, a sex icon, a social activist, a wife, a mother, etc. But she is… A still from Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It by Mariem Pérez Riera, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition…
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Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs is an intriguingly captivating film out of Mexico that introduces many of its audience members to a world few knew existed… the world of biologists trying to figure out how to genetically change the color of butterfly wings! That’s a real job. Watch this movie and see for yourself! Tenoch Huerta Mejía appears in Son of Monarchs by Alexis Gambis, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. After the death of his grandmother, Mendel, a Mexican biologist living in New York, returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly…
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Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors is, as the title would suggest, a human story about the different ways people deal and of the fallibility of those we trust the most. A family drama that plays with the idea of perspectives, which is a tool often used to increase tension and bring clarity, but here they miss the mark making the narrative drag and leaving you more confused at the end than you were when the journey began. Wanja Valentin Kube, Mark Waschke, and Jule Hermann appear in Human Factors by Ronny Trocker, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the…
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Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Will Voice Danish Animated Doc FLEE in English Version

Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Will Voice Danish Animated Doc FLEE in English Version

Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau board Danish animated documentary FLEE as Executive Producers, will also voice leads in English language version. This is particularly exciting because this is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated films on any of our team's lists for 2021! Synopsis: Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old high-achieving academic, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen — his close friend and high-school classmate, he…
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