paulina-gaitan,We Are What We Are [DVD] [Region 1] [030306932798], Sin Nombre [DVD] [2009] [Region 1], Trade [DVD] [Widescreen]
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"[A] striking debut....Mixing social commentary and black humor with copious amounts of blood and cracking bones, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE offers a cannibal's eye view of Mexico City's seamier side..." -- Grade: BA.V. Club "[A]n unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds...played out with a sharp undertow of political allegory and darkly comic sensibility."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "Though flecked with dark wit, this is a mostly sombre affair that draws power from its chilling social commentary..."Total Film39.26471

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3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The director filmed this tense blend of sociological drama and street thriller on real locations, working with a saturated palette that utilized natural decaying backgrounds with hot spots of color....It's always thrilling to discover an emerging talent with enormous potential."Box Office "A big new talent arrives on the scene with SIN NOMBRE. Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga's enthralling feature debut takes viewers into a shadow world inhabited by many but noticed by few -- that of Central America migrants making the perilous trip through Mexico to get the United States border."Variety "SIN NOMBRE is a powerful, wrenching thriller that weaves together several absorbing stories set in Central America. It is also the most moving and well-told saga of Latin American immigrants bound for the USA since 1983's EL NORTE."USA Today "[A]n evocative and impressive first feature....There is bitter and breathtaking truth in the story and in the story-telling..."Los Angeles Times "[SIN NOMBRE is] written and directed by the young American Cary Joji Fukunaga....What keeps you watching is his superb eye. Working with his cinematographer, Adriano Goldman, he fills in the cracks of his story with moments of beauty..."New York Times "This Sundance prizewinner is a journalistic saga of immigration directed with a thriller's physicality by Cary Joji Fukunaga....Whenever SIN NOMBRE turns violent, it seizes you with its convulsive skill..." -- Grade: B-Entertainment Weekly "This astonishing debut feature announces the arrival of a lavishly gifted filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukunaga....The scope is epic and the achievement, though solidly grounded in conventional storytelling, is a revelation."Wall Street Journal 4 stars out of 4 -- "It contains risk, violence, a little romance, even fleeting moments of humor, but most of all, it sees what danger and heartbreak are involved. It is riveting from start to finish."Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the scenes of immigrants heading north atop moving trains which resonate the most -- a testament to Adriano Goldman's brilliant, expansive cinematography."Total Film Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "An extraordinary debut by Cary Fukunaga..."Chicago Sun-Times Ranked #4 in USA Today's "Top Ten Films Of 2009."USA Today34.05268

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"[TRADE] introduces a number of appealing characters....Ramos adds some moral complexity to the story."Movieline's Hollywood Life "[I]t's the individual stories that are the focus here, offering empathetic characters that audiences can feel for rather than impersonal, if alarming, statistics."Box Office "Kline gives a quiet, mournful, and effective performance..." -- Grade: B-Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "TRADE is a compelling and terrifying look at a serious global problem."USA Today0.3473579

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