Cristina Escobar

‘Father of the Bride’ Gives Latinx People the Hollywood Treatment (REVIEW)

HBO’s much-watched ‘Father of the Bride’ tells the story of two Latinx families as aspirational and aspirationally American. While there are problems with the movie, it is nice to see Latinx people headline a successful, classic film—especially one that punches up at whiteness.

  • Jun 28, 2022
  • 12:21 PM

Danny Ramirez ‘Manifested’ His Role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Danny Ramirez, who plays Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia in the new ‘Top Gun’ sequel, tells Latino Rebels that he’s been dreaming of this role since he saw the first movie back in college.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • 11:43 AM

In ‘The Valet,’ Eugenio Derbez Adds Nuance to the Unassuming Latinx Stereotype (REVIEW)

‘The Valet,’ a romantic comedy starring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez (‘Instructions Not Included, ‘CODA’), presents a warm and thoughtful representation of Latinidad that gently nudges its audience to evaluate their own values and how they play out in the world.

  • May 23, 2022
  • 12:01 PM

Selena Gomez’s Chola Skit on SNL Wasn’t Funny—Or Accurate (OPINION)

It’s good to see Latinas get some solo on-screen time. But not when the only time you see us, we’re reduced down to some white-centric stereotype, it’s a problem. It does our community dirty and, most egregiously for Saturday Night Live, it’s not even funny.

  • May 19, 2022
  • 10:52 AM

HBO’s ‘The Garcias’ Takes on Latinx Representation in Finale (REVIEW)

The series is an HBO reboot of a 20-year-old Nickelodeon show, ‘The Brothers Garcia,’ that the current show’s team bills as “the first English-language sitcom to have an all Latino cast and creative team.”

  • May 12, 2022
  • 1:25 PM

‘On the Divide’: Documentary Looks at Last Abortion Clinic on US-Mexico Border

Whole Woman’s Health is in McAllen, Texas, a place documentarian Maya Cueva describes as already “post-Roe.” If this clinic closes, the next closest one is over 250 miles away, with checkpoints along the way.

  • May 6, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

Amazon’s ‘Undone’ Gets Being a Mixed Latina Exactly Right (REVIEW)

‘Undone’ brings nuance and humor to modern characters with Anglo and Latin roots without ever questioning their authenticity in either space — a powerful break from the narrative of difference and less-than we normally see.

  • May 2, 2022
  • 2:30 PM

In Documentary ‘¡Viva Maestro!,’ Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Is an Imperfect Hero

If you know a bit about President Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela and you’re a music lover, ‘¡Viva Maestro!’ is worth a watch, as it reveals the way art can transform, its limitations, and its power.

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • 11:13 AM

I Don’t Want to Talk About the Slap at the Oscars (OPINION)

Let’s leave the slap alone and take a moment for the rest of the Oscars, which, like Best Picture nominee ‘West Side Story,’ was well-intentioned but couldn’t deliver. For me, the perfect encapsulation of its failing short was the rendition of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”

  • Mar 28, 2022
  • 1:03 PM

Can the Oscars Fix Their Latinx Problem With Nick Barili’s ‘SEEN’?

Argentinian American journalist Nick Barili wants Latinx Hollywood icons to “get their flowers” now, as he recently told Latino Rebels. That’s why he created the web series ‘SEEN’ to highlight Latinx talent, distributed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Mar 11, 2022
  • 11:05 AM

Venezuelan Author Ariana Godoy’s ‘A Través de Mi Ventana’ Now a Hit Movie on Netflix

Latino Rebels talks to the venezolana author whose teen romance, which began on the self-publishing site Wattpad, is now a global hit movie with two sequels already greenlit.

  • Mar 7, 2022
  • 11:19 AM

Justice for JLo: On the Critical Response to ‘Marry Me’ (OPINION)

Latinx people should make up more than five percent of the critics reviewing any movie, let alone one starring our own. If it was just Latinx critics, Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Marry Me’ would have a 78 percent approval rating—not perfect but much more in line with what it deserves.

  • Feb 22, 2022
  • 2:54 PM

With ‘Promised Land,’ Matt Lopez Is Representing Latinidad on ABC (REVIEW)

With the recent cancelation of Gentefied (and seemingly every other Latinx show), there’s a lot of pressure on ABC’s new ‘Promised Land,’ a primetime, network drama featuring Mexican American characters, played by Hispanic actors, and created and run by Matt Lopez.

  • Feb 7, 2022
  • 2:28 PM

Brazil’s ‘The Pink Cloud’ Predicted the Pandemic in More Ways Than One (REVIEW)

Written in 2017, shot in 2019, and out in theaters on January 14, the Brazilian film ‘The Pink Cloud’ explores what happens when a deadly phenomenon forces the whole world indoors immediately and indefinitely. Sound familiar?

  • Jan 14, 2022
  • 9:50 AM

Latinx Community Should Show Up for Grasie Mercedes’ ‘Grand Crew’ (REVIEW)

“Right now in Hollywood, there are so many Latinos who are doing it, making shows and are showrunners. But they’re almost all white Latinxs,” Mercedes tells Latino Rebels. “Indigenous and Black Latinxs (need) the opportunity to develop their own shows (so it’s) not always the same experience that we see.”

  • Jan 4, 2022
  • 10:51 AM

‘West Side Story’ Misses the Mark

Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ continues the original’s tradition of advancing a dangerous narrative even as it offers Latinx people some important opportunities.

  • Dec 10, 2021
  • 8:07 AM

Selena Gomez and the Complicated Nature of Latinx Representation

Selena Gomez can’t represent our entire community, but her character in the Hulu series ‘Only Murders in the Building’ is a positive addition to the Latinx canon.

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • 10:39 AM

LANGUAGE LESSONS Is a Beautiful Meditation on the Power of Friendship

When I first watched it, I was worried. Who wants to watch what amounts to a 91-minute Zoom call? It turns out me and I bet you too.

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • 5:08 PM

With BEST FAMILIES, Director Javier Fuentes-León Finds Laughs in Latin American Class Conflict

The feature film follows one lunch gone awry as old secrets threaten the long-held divide between a rich family and the maids who serve them.

  • Aug 6, 2021
  • 5:05 PM

The Dustup Around Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney’s ENCANTO

The man at the center of the last big debate about what constitutes Latinidad and how it’s represented in Hollywood is at it again.

  • Jul 14, 2021
  • 11:21 AM

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