Monica Castillo is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.
3 months ago | Film and TV
Harper and Charlie’s flirty dialogue rushes by at screwball comedy speeds, a funny affectation that’s no less effective now than it was in movies like It Happened One Night or The Lady Eve
7 months ago | Film and TV
In the second season of the new One Day at a Time, it seems like everyone in the Cuban-American Alvarez family faces a crisis of their own that reminds them to hold onto each other
Outsider filmmakers often bring to their work an outsider's curiosity. Irish director Paddy Breathnach captures a gorgeous portrait of Cuba with his drama Viva, but it fails to deeply connect with the culture it portrays. Here, the imagery...
2 years ago | Film and TV
The lure of everything Cuba is strong. It’s in the news, on top of everyone’s travel list and in our movie theaters. But the recent films about Cuba aren't exports from the still-embargoed country. Most come from visiting filmmakers. Irish directo...
Balancing tragedy with cultural context, Difret captures a society in flux. Dramatizing a real incident, the movie follows fourteen-year-old Hirut Assefa (Tizita Hagere), who on her way home from school one afternoon was kidnapped and...