Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category


By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the Pokemon franchise and on the video game of the same name, this film adaptation does offer some entertaining comedy, mostly courtesy of the hilarious voice work by star Ryan Reynolds. Fans of the pop culture franchise are sure to find much enjoyment in […]

Review: POMS

By Mark Saldana Rating: 1.5 (Out of 4 Stars) I sincerely hate to be the bad guy when it comes to tearing down movies about underdogs trying to overcome adversity, but this movie just doesn’t have much good to offer in terms of storytelling and character development. I am sure the filmmakers who conceived this […]

Cine Las Americas 22 Review: WINDOWS ON THE WORLD

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) On the second night of Cine Las Americas, Edward James Olmos and his son, director Michael D. Olmos presented this film which offers a fictional, but honest portrait of immigrant life in the United States amidst the backdrop of the 9-11 atracks in 2001. The movie […]


By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) The 22nd annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival began with a wondrous, beautiful and heartbreaking documentary which details the life and career of Chicano artist and activist Carlos Almaraz. During the early nineteen sixties, Almaraz left his home in Los Angeles to study art and […]

SXSW 2019 Review: LONG SHOT

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with romantic comedies. There are those that I love dearly and the ones I simply cannot stand. Even the mediocre entries frustrate me to the point of hatred because at this point in Hollywood’s history, they are usually […]