American Son
By Angie Romero | 08/25/2009 - 17:05

Imagine if you had only 96 hours to make peace with your loved ones and
prepare yourself to be shipped off to fight in Iraq for an indefinite
period of time? This is what Nick Cannon’s character, 19-year-old Mike Holland, is going through in director Neil Abramson’s American Son, out today on DVD. Mike has just completed training for the U.S. Marine Corps, and is
given a four-day Thanksgiving leave to see family and friends before
his life changes forever.


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Which Way Home
By Angie Romero | 08/21/2009 - 16:00

Back in early May, our online editor Mariela Rosario wrote a stellar review of the documentary Which Way Home as part of our Tribeca Film Festival coverage. I remember being bummed that I missed the premiere. That is, until I found out it would air on TV at a later point in time.


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America Libre
By Angie Romero | 08/18/2009 - 16:08

“It’s a troubling time in many of America’s urban Hispanic communities. A deep recession continues to plague families. Youth are jobless and growing restless while gangs flourish. The turmoil erupts into chaos when an innocent, young Latina bystander is fatally shot by Texas police.


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Madonna Mia
By Angie Romero | 08/14/2009 - 19:00

My older sister was named Maria Auxiliadora, after the Virgin Mary. Maria is a very predictable name for a Latina, but my mom named her that because she was in a near-fatal car accident when she was pregnant with her firstborn, so she promised la virgen that if she and her baby survived, she’d be forever grateful. To this day, she is a devout Catholic. Me, I’m more spiritual, but that’s another story for another day.


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Going Gaga Over Gael
By Angie Romero | 08/12/2009 - 15:40

If there’s a face I don’t get tired of looking at, it’s Gael Garcia Bernal’s. So he’s super short, but he’s also wicked smart and an incredibly gifted actor. And now he’s become a key behind-the-scenes player in Latin American cinema with his own company Canana, which produces and distributes smaller-scale films by emerging filmmakers. Gael founded Canana in 2005 with his friends Pablo Cruz and Diego Luna. Now there’s someone who understands the concept of longevity and making a contribution to the arts that doesn’t revolve around ego.


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Obsessed
By Angie Romero | 08/07/2009 - 16:00

Beyoncé may not love me for this, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: if you’re looking for some comedy this weekend, check out Obsessed on DVD. I hope to God you didn’t spend the money to see it in theaters, unless of course you’re a die-hard Idris Elba fan—actually, scratch that, especially if you're a die-hard Idris Elba fan. Let’s face it, the man is delicious but is not given a role he could even remotely sink his teeth into here.


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Mission Muralismo
By Angie Romero | 08/05/2009 - 19:00

I’ve never been to San Francisco. It’s always been at the top of my list of places to visit in the U.S., along with Santa Fe. Plus, I’ve got a couple of good friends out there.


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Of Rage and Redemption
By Angie Romero | 07/31/2009 - 16:00

Being Ecuadorean, Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919 – 1999) is someone I’m especially proud of. Along with  other greats like Eduardo Kingman, Guayasamin didn’t just paint beautifully, he made powerful statements about racism, poverty, and crimes against humanity. Being a Quechua indio himself, he understood social injustice all too well.


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Fast & Furious
By Angie Romero | 07/29/2009 - 17:00

If you weren’t one of the people who went to see our girls M-Rod and Jordana Brewster in Fast & Furious in the theaters (though that’s highly unlikely, since the fourth installment of the high-octane franchise brought in a record-breaking $71 million over the weekend of April 3–5) , now’s your chance to catch the flick on Blu-Ray and DVD.


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Sweet Mary
By Angie Romero | 07/24/2009 - 18:00

Our Executive Editor Lori Hoffman just shared a really interesting article with me in this month’s Marie Claire titled “Daddy’s Girl” about Mexico’s 29-year-old Estrella Hermila Ramos, who took over her father’s business when he got gunned down by members of the Sinaloa cartel. So often we hear of the men en el narcotrafico, but what of the femmes?


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