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Jack Rico


2017/03/15 at 1:47pm

‘Coco’ Trailer: Here’s The First Look At Pixar’s First Latin-Themed Animated Movie!

03.15.2017 | By |

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”). Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

Jack Rico


2016/09/19 at 9:19am

This Week In Movies: ‘The Magnificent 7,’ ‘Storks,’ ‘Queen Of Katwe’

09.19.2016 | By |

It’s been a while since I’ve done these, but we’re back on track. It’s mid-September, past Labor Day and you know what that means… it’s Oscar season time. The Fall Preview of films is really Oscar films testing the waters. TFF was the kickoff and the NYFF starts next week. Also, this week we see more female directors taking charge. Get ready for the next couple of months! Read More

Jack Rico


2015/01/06 at 8:14pm

Paddington (Movie Review)

01.6.2015 | By |

The “1-4-0″: #Paddington means well. It’s an animated film full of inventiveness and charm, regrettably, it’s very predictable and not narratively compelling enough. Read More

Jack Rico


2014/02/07 at 12:25am

The Lego Movie (Movie Review)

02.7.2014 | By |

The “1-4-0″: @TheLEGOMovie is a kids film on the surface, but adults will enjoy it more. It’s creative and hilarious with a surprising family warmth! Read More

Jack Rico


2013/11/27 at 1:53pm

Frozen (Movie Review)

11.27.2013 | By |

The “1-4-0″: #Frozen is one of the better animated films of the year. It’s a throwback to the Disney musical animations of the 90’s like Aladdin, but in 3D and with great CGI. Read More

Jack Rico


2013/10/31 at 7:22pm

5 Animated Halloween Movies For Kids

10.31.2013 | By |

It’s the season to trick r’ treat and to bump into ghouls and ghosts on the streets. It’s Halloween today and many adults are looking for movies that will scare them off their socks. But many adults have kids and can’t enjoy these movies with them because, hey, “The Exorcist” scarred me for life when I was 7 too! That’s why I’ve compiled five animated halloween films safe for the whole family. Read More

Jack Rico


2013/08/08 at 1:23pm

The 9 Best Movies To See This August!

08.8.2013 | By |

August is here and summer is almost gone. Have you seen anything worthwhile lately at the movies? No clue of what to go see? Do not worry my cinematic cinephiles, we have sifted through all the irrelevant movies and are leaving you with an interesting array of films for all your tastes. From Wong Kar-Wai to Neill Blomkamp even animation like Disney’s “Planes,” our 9 Best Movies To See This August list is sure to make your life a little easier. Read More

Jack Rico


2013/06/29 at 10:19am

Benjamin Bratt: New Trailer and Pics from ‘Despicable Me 2’

06.29.2013 | By |

Universal Pictures just sent me Benjamin Bratt‘s personal presentation of the new Hispanic trailer for Despicable Me 2. It highlights the Latino villain… “El Macho,” who like Superman, has an alter-ego named Eduardo, a warm, charming and flirty owner of the popular Salsa & Salsa restaurant whose passionate Latin dancing causes women to swoon. Read More

Karen Posada


2013/02/13 at 12:00am

Escape From Planet Earth (Movie Review)

02.13.2013 | By |

Escape From Planet Earth

Escape From Planet Earth’ is a great experience for both parents and children alike, because it delivers a strong message of team work and family unity all wrapped in an adorable, funny and cool package. We love our animated films and this one does not disappoint, a great extra is that there are three Latinos playing big roles here; more proof that this year is great for Latinos in Hollywood. The 3D is a definite plus, that really enhances the experience of Planet Babb and its inhabitants. The movie is a truly fun intergalactic trip that has just the right cast and ingredients to provide a short and sweet outing to the movies with the family.

In the very futuristic Planet Babb, superstar astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is admired for his heroic tasks; which he accomplishes thanks to his genius brother Gary (Rob Corddry). Scorch’s boss, Lena (Jessica Alba) sends him to the dangerous “Dark Planet” aka Planet Earth, where he faces general James Bing (Ricky Gervais) and he will need the help of his brother Gary, his nephew Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) in order to come back home.

The look of the movie is just cool, with a futuristic Jetsons like environment and adorably ugly blue aliens, which all pops out in wonderful colorful images. The movie is not as funny as I expected it to be, but it does have a handful of laugh out loud moments aimed both at children and adults. My favorite part of it all is the main message it gives off, which is that we need teamwork in order to accomplish heroic tasks and that with our family’s trust and support we can do anything.

The cast is a great combination of well-known comedy actors even besides the main cast; we have Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson and a great mix of big name Latinos: Jessica Alba is Lena, the beautiful and intelligent chief at BASA, Sofia Vergara plays Gabby the hot and spicy anchor for BNN News, and finally George Lopez a three-eyed slug alien named Thurman; so keep an eye out for them. It is fantastic to see this kind of collaboration in a film that holds such a powerful message. Director Cal Brunker stroke gold providing a great product.

This is an out of this world adventure to enjoy with the family this Valentine’s day; it holds an original storyline that will keep you entertained. The film was so well crafted that it gives everyone in the audience something they are sure to like. Read our interview with some of the film’s cast here!

Karen Posada


2012/08/22 at 12:00am

First review of Pixar’s short "Partysaurus Rex’

08.22.2012 | By |

First review of Pixar's short "Partysaurus Rex'

We had the opportunity to be the first to see Pixar’s short- 3D film ‘Partysaurus Rex’ which will premiere in theaters along with ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ on September 14th. What’s even better is that we got to see it at Pixar Studios in San Francisco, California where gigantic Lego statues of ‘Toy Story’ characters stood along with other statues from ‘Monsters Inc.’ and other cool things like the drape from ‘Brave’ among others and of course their trademark desk lamp and circus ball. We were taken to their own in house movie theater, where we had a short presentation by the director of the film Mark Walsh and producer Kim Adams. The constellations shone brightly in the movie theater’s ceiling before the red velvet curtain opened to reveal the screen.

‘Partysaurus Rex’ brings to life one of the most memorable characters from ‘Toy Story’, Rex (Wallace Shawn). We get to spend some time with another one of Pixar’s most famous movies and its characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato head, etc, but most of all Rex; who shows us another side of him where we get to meet a bunch of new, fun and wild bath time toys. Rex has always been portrayed as a nervous dinosaur, which is very cautious, but here Bonnie, his owner, takes him to her bath time where he gets to re-invent himself.

Pixar has done quite a lot of short-films; the latest one premiered with ‘Brave’ and was called ‘La Luna’ which was also made in 3D. I must highlight these are two very different short-films. ‘La Luna’ has a melancholic and soft tone to it, its characters mainly mumble and point. Pixar has a knack for being in tune with everything, and as ‘La Luna’ worked with ‘Brave’ and its theme so does ‘Partysaurus Rex’ with Nemo. This latest short-film is a rave party, that’s quite the opposite of ‘La Luna’ as it is loud, extravagant and extremely colorful.

This isn’t the first Pixar short-film on ‘Toy Story’ either, Pixar has a series of shorts called Toy Story Toons and this is actually the third episode in the series; the other shorts are: ‘Small Fry’ which was released in 2011 with ‘The Muppets’ when it was in theaters and made Buzz its main character. Another short was ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ which featured Ken and Barbie and was released in 2011 when ‘Cars 2’ hit theaters.
‘Partysaurus Rex’ left me wishing it were a full-length movie, because it was so much fun! It has upbeat music and wonderful animation accompanied by florescent colors. All of these elements are brought to an even higher level because of the 3D effects, which really takes full use of them. This short is a great way to get the audience in a water environment, ready and excited to watch ‘Finding Nemo 3D’.

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