Spanish Language

Julieta Egurrola in Noise

Noise (Ruido), a scream of agony

Noise (Ruido) isn’t so much a movie as an emotion, a cry of agony and horror for the lost and disappeared. It’s set in Mexico, but it could be true of any country where the government looks away while money sets the rules and authoritarian regimes terrorize ordinary citizens.

Evin Ahmad and Indica Watson in Who Is Erin Carter?

Review: Who is Erin Carter? An action packed thriller

Who is Erin Carter? has action scenes galore, a butt-kicking woman lead, and a couple of women directors. Sounds perfect, but it was merely average or slightly above for the genre. It had its good points. One was the setting in Spain which was gorgeous. The other was the performance by Evin Ahmad in the lead role.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in The Lincoln Lawyer

Review: The Lincoln Lawyer, season 2

The Lincoln Lawyer takes on a new case in season 2. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as defense attorney Mickey Haller knows “LA is a great big freeway” and works in the back seat of one of his Lincolns on many days. His style as a defense attorney is to use clever tricks and ploys to win a case.

Bárbara Lennie in God's Crooked Lines

God’s Crooked Lines (Los renglones torcidos de Dios)

God’s Crooked Lines (Los renglones torcidos de Dios), a psycholgical thriller from Spain, stars the always excellent Bárbara Lennie as a woman who enters a mental hospital undercover to investigate a murder.

Adriana Barraza and Kaarlo Isaac in Where the Tracks End

Where the Tracks End (El Último Vagón), get schooled in Mexico

Where the Tracks End (El Último Vagón) tells a heartwarming story from Mexico about education, family, and the value of a good book. It stars Adriana Barraza as a teacher in an impoverished Mexican village near a railroad line being built.

Milena Smit in The Snow Girl

The Snow Girl (La chica de nieve), a Spanish drama

The Snow Girl (La chica de nieve) is a dreary Spanish drama about a kidnapped child. Most of the characters are suffering from a trauma of some kind. This dead serious series teems with depressed characters, an abundance of talk about evil men, grieving parents, sexual assault victims, and frightened women and children. There are some spoilers ahead.

Jesse Garcia in Flamin' Hot

Flamin’ Hot, it’s okay to simply enjoy it

Flamin’ Hot has mixed reviews. It’s great or it’s terrible. It’s the truth or it’s a lie. Honestly, I had mixed feelings about it, too. But as the first film directed by Eva Longoria, I thought it was important to take a look for myself.

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