Here's a story that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's troubled depiction of undocumented individuals in America. As a child Rafael Agustin Guerrero was brought to California from Ecuador by his parents.
It's back to the border for John Sayles, who in films like Lone Star has explored the distinctive tensions that brew in the towns that neighbor to Mexico. Now he's applying that worldview to the mystery thriller in Go for Sisters.
There's been a lot of action at the movies this summer, very little of it memorable. So Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns comes as a welcome surprise: a film with the wit, tension and sheer headlong pace to grab and hold your attention for a brisk 106 minutes.
In the Robert Rodriguez action sequel Machete Kills opening in September, Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen has reverted to his original "Hispanic" name in the credits: Carlos Estevez. Sorry Charlie, but there are rules here.
"It's an issue. Studios want to tell universal stories. We want to do the same thing. But, we want to use Latino stories with Latino faces to tell universal stories. We're all part of one group. We are all humans and we all want to tell human stories."
In current times of civil unrest, economic injury, and political failure, we depend on love -- in all its complexity and even through untenable circumstances -- to keep ourselves human. Here are the top 10 films that cannot be missed in the coming year:
New Latino voices. Rising talent. A directorial vision from a co-directing team of complementary talents. It could just be the recipe for a movie that packs a punch...or in the least, a really cool rhyme.