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It’s almost surreal when you can come across a handful of films being released at your local theater, on the same weekend, all featuring Hispanic talent. This weekend is one of those rare occasions. Feast your eyes on Jorge Salina’s Labios Rojos, Emilio Estevez’s The Way, Antonio Banderas’ The Skin I Live In, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s Miss Bala and Ziah Colon’s breakthrough performance in Footloose.
Well-known and established Mexican actor Jorge Salinas stars as Ricardo in Rafa Lara’s romantic comedy Labios Rojos. The film is entirely in Spanish and follows Ricardo, a prominent advertising exec, and his wife (Silvia Navarro). The two suddenly have to face a “little” crisis that only occurs underneath the sheets, if you know what I mean. The laugh-out-loud moments surface when they set out on a series of absurd and desperate attempts to revive their lost spark, and rekindle their love affair.
Emilio Estevez , once best known for his days as a Brat Packer, has been keeping busy as a film and television director. Last week his inspirational film The Way hit theaters to positive reviews. Estevez directed and co-starred with his dad, Martin Sheen (aka - Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez). The two play estranged father and son in the film but when one dies while exploring the "El camino de Santiago" from France to Spain it leaves the other traveling overseas to recover the body.
The Skin I Live In
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar reunites with Antonio Banderas in The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito). This is Almodovar’s first attempt at mastering the psychological-thriller genre and he just might have achieved that since it’s already being considered one of this year’s most disturbing films. The film is based on Thierry Jonquet's 1995 novel Mygale ("Tarantula" in English) about a plastic surgeon who captures the man who viciously raped and killed his daughter, this revenge tale is sure to leave you troubled.
Many may not be in agreeance with the recent remake of the ‘80s classic Footloose but on the up side it gave one young star a big break. Puerto Rican newbie Ziah Colon plays Rusty Rodriguez, Ariel’s daring and funny best friend. The role was first played by a dark-haired Sarah Jessica Parker. In case you’re not familiar with the premise the film follows a hip Chicago teen who moves to a Midwestern town where, thanks to a pastor, dancing is outlawed. Click here for a clip of Colon in action.
Miss Bala, produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, is probably one of the most riveting films to come out of Mexico recently. Contemporary director Gerardo Naranjo sheds light on the crumbling state of affairs in Mexico. Set in the border city of Baja, Bala chronicles three terrifying days in the life of Laura (Stephanie Sigman), who falls in the hands of a sinister kingpin whose gang is notorious for terrorizing northern Mexico. Naranjo, who also wrote and edited the film, uses Laura’s story as a metaphor to depict an entire country crippled by endless violence, poverty and corruption. Check your local theater for this limited release.