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Jack Rico


2017/11/23 at 1:36pm

The Latino Significance of Pixar’s ‘Coco’

11.23.2017 | By |

Coco,” the 19th film from Pixar, is a return to form for the stumbling animation company which has re-found its footing with its colorful characters, striking vivid cinematography and a heartwarming story of family and tradition. Set in Mexico, a young boy (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming a musician just like his great-great-grandfather Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). But when his family prohibits him from playing music, he finds himself magically transported to the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos meeting his past relatives and discovering a deeper connection to himself and to his family’s history. Read More

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!

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