Posts Tagged ‘Cine Las Americas 18’

Cine Las Americas 18 Review: VIEJOS AMIGOS/GOOD OLD BOYS

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) This often uproarious comedy from Peru marks the last day that long-time buddies Balo, Ricardo, Domingo, and Kike will probably all spend together.  These close friends plan to get together and watch a soccer game, just like they used to in the good old days.  Unfortunately, […]

Cine Las Americas 18 Review: DOLARES DE ARENA/SAND DOLLARS

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) From writer/directors Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman comes this melancholy commentary on life in the Dominican Republic.  This particular tale focuses on Noeli (Yanet Mojica), a Dominican native who, with her boyfriend (Ricardo Ariel Toribio), attempt to scrape out a living by any means necessary […]


By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) This particular entry from Brazil caught my attention right away as I perused the film line-up.  Any film which celebrates a love for cinema will instantly get my attention.  Because this film not only celebrates the passion and joy for movies, but also examines life and […]

Cine Las Americas 18 Review: MR. KAPLAN

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) This closing night feature is, without a doubt, my favorite film of the festival.  This character-driven comedy/drama has an outstanding script with extraordinary performances by the cast.  It handles a delicate and sensitive subject matter beautifully, but still delivers on the comic side.  Written and directed […]

Cine Las Americas 18 Review: LA VOZ EN OFF/VOICE OVER

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) This Chilean entry by writer/director Cristian Jimenez and co-writer Daniel Castro proved to be highly amusing and entertaining.  Jimenez and Castro have put a funny spin on familial dysfunctionality and the drive people have to maintain familial ties despite the problems.  Recently divorced, Sofia (Ingrid Insensee) is […]