Cristina Escobar

‘Hope, Soledad’ Centers Inner Worlds of Indigenous Mexican Women

‘Hope, Soledad’ is an arresting, powerful film portraying a different slice of Latinidad than is normally seen on screen, centering the interior lives of two Indigenous Mexican women, and drawing on their own cultural traditions in a world that does not value them.

  • Aug 23, 2023
  • 11:35 AM

‘Blue Beetle’ Is More than Just Latino Representation (REVIEW)

Blue Beetle’s strong Latino texture is what distinguishes it from the other superhero origin stories we’ve come to expect, marking a change in how Latinos and Latinidad are depicted in Hollywood.

  • Aug 21, 2023
  • 2:00 PM

‘Support Latino Creatives’ Letter Aims at Building Power

Dozens of Latino organizations have recently drafted and signed an open letter calling on the entertainment industry and members of the viewing public to support work done by Latino creatives—especially in the midst of Hollywood strike that puts the work of Latino creatives disproportionately at risk.

  • Aug 16, 2023
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‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ Defies Conventions Like Only a B-Movie Can (REVIEW)

Prime Video’s ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ is a rom-com based on a wildly popular romance novel of the same name. And it’s really going to enrage the folks mad about Barbie’s “woke” agenda because, like that pretty-in-pink film, ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ portrays its progressive politics with joy and fervor.

  • Aug 11, 2023
  • 1:18 PM

In ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ Selena Gomez’s Latinidad Is Beside the Point (REVIEW)

Cozy murder is back! Season three of the Hulu mystery series ‘Only Murders in the Building’ returns Tuesday, August 8, with stars Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez reprising their roles as unlikely sleuths Charles, Oliver and Mabel.

  • Aug 8, 2023
  • 12:36 PM

‘This Fool’ Season Two Finds Laughs in the Little Things (REVIEW)

The Hulu series ‘This Fool’ is a unique show, driven by comedian and creator Chris Estrada’s unique voice. The first season earned a 100 percent critics’ approval rating and 90 percent from fans on Rotten Tomatoes, while scoring a spot on some “Best of” lists. Its second season airs Friday, July 28.

  • Jul 28, 2023
  • 11:21 AM

Latina Actors on Why the Hollywood Strike Matters

Latino Rebels speaks with Fanny Véliz Grande, founder and CEO of Avenida Productions and actor Aimee Carrero (‘Elena of Avalor,’ ‘The Menu’) —both SAG members for over 10 years— about the need to open Hollywood to Latino talent.

  • Jul 24, 2023
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Brothers’ Love, Perseverance the Heart of Venezuelan Film ‘Sombra del Sol’ (INTERVIEW)

‘La Sombra del Sol,’ by Venezuelan-American writer-director Miguel Ángel Ferrer, is a film that shows both its lead characters facing real and difficult challenges. Actor Carlos Manuel González calls it “a great feel-good movie about brotherhood, about hope, about following your dreams, about not giving up.”

  • Jul 13, 2023
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Justina Machado Finds Freedom in ‘The Horror of Dolores Roach’ (INTERVIEW)

Prime Video’s ‘The Horror of Dolores Roach’ is a dark series that mixes cannibalism and mass murder with jokes and charm, swirling in some desperate aching for good measure. It’s a potent recipe.

  • Jul 7, 2023
  • 11:07 AM

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Returns as ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ (INTERVIEW)

Isn’t it a breath of fresh air to see a Latino character take top billing on a well-promoted, mainstream show?

  • Jul 5, 2023
  • 11:31 AM

The Villain in ‘I’m a Virgo’ Is Capitalism (REVIEW)

Prime Video’s ‘I’m a Virgo,’ directed by Boots Riley (‘Sorry to Bother You’), is an anti-capitalistic parable casting people of color as the heroes and rich white folks as the villains. The show stars Afro-Dominican actor Jharrel Jerome.

  • Jun 28, 2023
  • 11:53 AM

‘Primos’ Backlash Pits Latin America Against Latino America (OPINION)

When Disney released the trailer for ‘Primos,’ a new animated series set in L.A., it sparked a firestorm online between Latin Americans and Latinos in the U.S. Death threats were made against Mexican-American creator Natasha Kline, and Disney was forced to pull much of its promotion.

  • Jun 23, 2023
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In Second Season of ‘With Love,’ Romance Comes in Many Forms (INTERVIEW)

Another show about a Latinx family got a second season, and it’s just so pleasant to watch something about Latinx people winning at love and life, especially when the show defines love in an inclusive, queer way as ‘With Love’ does.

  • Jun 20, 2023
  • 12:40 PM

‘Patria y Vida: The Power of Music’ Calls for Human Rights in Cuba (INTERVIEW)

“Politics is a small word when you talk about human rights,” said Beatriz Luengo, director of the new documentary Patria y Vida: The Power of Music, which screened at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) known earlier this summer and is now on the festival circuit.

  • Jun 15, 2023
  • 1:31 PM

I Went to LALIFF and I Was Impressed

LALIFF has something other festivals can’t buy: an organic and honest commitment to our historically marginalized and underresourced community.

  • Jun 12, 2023
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‘Flamin’ Hot’ Celebrates Chicano Culture… and Capitalism (REVIEW)

Eva Longoria’s directorial debut rejoices in Chicano culture through music, mustaches, and mood. With lots of Latinos behind the screen, ‘Flamin’ Hot’ gets all the little details right. And the cumulative effect, combined with how rarely we see such care taken when depicting our community, makes the film worth watching.

  • Jun 9, 2023
  • 6:51 PM

Miles Morales as Spider-Man Is the Latino Superhero We Need (REVIEW)

Now with its second installment in the visually stunning sequel ‘Across the Spider-Verse,’ the Miles Morales franchise is glorious, a whole step above the usual comic book fare. And we Latinos should be shouting from the rooftops about it.

  • Jun 5, 2023
  • 11:10 AM

8 Movies to Catch at This Week’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

The 22nd edition of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with a special screening of Eva Longoria’s directorial debut in ‘Flamin’ Hot,’ but here are eight other titles you may not get to see anywhere else.

  • May 30, 2023
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Hollywood Now Renewing Latino Shows After Canceling Others (OPINION)

As loud as we rightfully get when Hollywood execs cancel a Latino show, we should be just as vocal when our shows get renewed. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the fact that several Latino shows are getting new seasons!

  • May 26, 2023
  • 10:57 AM

Christina Vidal, aka Taina, Stars in New Latino Show ‘Primo’ (INTERVIEW)

Christina Vidal sits down with Latino Rebels to discuss Amazon Freevee’s ‘Primo,’ bringing that female energy to a largely male cast, and the ways in which Latino representation has changed since her TV debut more than 20 years ago.

  • May 19, 2023
  • 2:14 PM

Men Take a Back Seat in J.Lo’s ‘The Mother’ (REVIEW)

Jennifer Lopez has more than earned the right to be the star, to put great men in supporting roles, and tell a story that unapologetically centers her. It’s a rare feat for a Latina, but hopefully one that becomes less so as J.Lo continues paving the way.

  • May 15, 2023
  • 1:02 PM

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