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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is yet another piece of evidence that Marvel’s formula for its behemoth superhero film franchise is exactly what audiences want.
The sequel to the 2011 original starring Chris Evans as the Super Soldier grossed an estimated $96.2 million this opening weekend, setting a record for best April opening and earning an “A” CinemaScore from its audiences.
Its opening is all the more impressive when you consider that, while it falls beneath The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and 2, it outranks many of the stand-alone Marvel character debuts, including both Thor films and the original Captain America, »
- Nicole Sperling
Hispanicize 2014 Reveals Official Film Festival Selections, Presented by: Aarp, MyLingo.com, and Regal Cinemas
Miami Beach, Fl – March 28, 2014 – (Hispanicize Wire) – With a strong star presence and a national Hispanic media and social media stage as the backdrop, Hispanicize 2014 organizers today unveiled the event’s film festival selections, celebrity screenings and professional development sessions. Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.hispanicizeevent.com/), the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, public relations, film, music and innovation, will take place at the Intercontinental in downtown Miami, April 1-4.
This year’s film selections are: “ Cesar Chavez”, “Water and Power”, “Sleeping with The Fishes”, “Avenues”, “The House That Jack Built”, and six short films: “Missing Grandma,” “J-1”, “Tender Love”, “Reason Y I’m Single”, “ The Price We Pay” and “Stereotypically Me”.
Hollywood celebrities confirmed to »
- El Mayimbe
The Diego Luna-directed biographical drama "Cesar Chavez" is in theaters now, and the film's cast is glad to bring the titular leader's story to a new generation of filmgoers. In the film, Pena plays the famed Latino labor activist, who fought against poor working conditions, racism and violence on his way to founding the labor union the United Farm Workers. HitFix caught up with Pena and co-stars America Ferrera and Gabriel Mann to discuss why the story struck a chord with the actors. Pena talks about his parents' struggles with fair pay, and his own early experiences working two jobs as a teenager, while the California-raised Ferrera expresses her surprise that more people were unaware of Chavez's accomplishments. Mann notes that he tried to avoid mustache-twirling cliches in his antagonistic role in the film, and that he saw "Chavez" as a "story whose time had come." Watch the complete interview above. »
- Dave Lewis
Earlier this week, "Magic Mike" co-star Joe Manganiello said that the male stripper dramedy's sequel will start shooting this fall and that more news was coming soon. Now that news has arrived. The sequel will be titled "Magic Mike Xxl" and will star Channing Tatum, Manganiello, and presumably more members of the 2012 film's buff, shiny cast. "Xxl" also has a new director, although Steven Soderbergh is staying on as an executive producer. The sequel will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh's longtime A.D., according to The Playlist. Jacobs also directed the 2004 caper film "Criminal," which starred John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was produced by Soderbergh and George Clooney. "Magic Mike" also starred Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn. »
- HItFix Staff
Chicago – How can one man bring down a ruthless industry? By building a union that never backs down, because he never backed down. ‘Cesar Chavez’ depicts the United Farm Workers union organizer in the 1960s who sought justice against virtual slave conditions for immigrant labor, assuring his place in history.
The film doesn’t do much for the inner character of Chavez, realized in a contained performance by Michael Peña. It chose to go over the step-by-step history of the core of his vital work over a ten year period. This decision makes the story a bit starchy, and goes over a lot of material in a short amount of time. It provides for the heroism of what Chavez was able to accomplish, but the man himself is not revealed within this accomplishment.
Conditions for the 50,000 farms workers in California during the early 1960s were akin to slavery – workers »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a »
- Variety Staff
Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, “Cesar Chavez” tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people.
Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.
Check out our Exclusive interview below.
“Cesar Chavez” is now in theaters.
- Fernando Esquivel
There is no doubt that when Diego Luna took the stage to introduce the world premiere of his film "Cesar Chavez" at this year's SXSW, he was honestly moved by the entire experience of getting the film made, and it is obviously important to him. It was an emotional introduction to a film that took him a long time to get made, and I would never begrudge him that genuine sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, "Cesar Chavez" has the same problems that plague many biopics, and it is a reminder of just how problematic the genre is as a whole. Just because someone did something that was important doesn't mean their life is suitable for a motion picture. Like many biopics, "Cesar Chavez" offers up a very specific point-of-view on the labor organizer and his accomplishments, and the respect that Luna has for his subject is clear in every moment of the film. »
- Drew McWeeny
This week, director/actor Diego Luna is bringing us Cesar Chavez, a biopic on the famous American labor rights leader who was instrumental in founding the United Farm Workers. The film focuses on Chavez’s struggles as he fought for better treatment of Mexican farm workers who were suffering brutality and frequent racism from their Californian employees. It’s a story that is still timely even in today’s society, and it’s a fascinating look at a piece of history that unfortunately, too many people are still unfamiliar with.
The film itself is a bit straight-forward and typical for a biopic about an important historical figure, but thankfully, the performances really elevate the material. Michael Pena is fantastic in the titular role and the supporting cast all do excellent jobs, too. Despite a few flaws, Cesar Chavez is still an interesting, and at times even riveting, look at its »
- Macario Hernandez
Russell Crowe is back in force as he puts himself up for Biblical scrutiny this weekend, helming an epic if not cruel film depiction of the Old Testament hero Noah, who packs up his Ark to save not only the critters, but humanity. Does this latest big-screen version hold water? Or will it pack plenty of controversy? Plus another hero takes on human rights and labor's inhumanity in the new biopic Cesar Chavez. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See ThisNoah Comprising a mere handful of chapters, the story of Noah may be one »
- Alynda Wheat, People Movie Critic
For a biopic to be effective, it has to be more than a Wikipedia entry with some stage directions and dialogue. For a biopic to be good, it has to make a case for why the life of the person it’s about is important, and how that connects to us in the here and now. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate biopic for our current society than a film about the life of Cesar Chavez, a pioneering labor leader who went out into the farmers fields of California’s central valley and organized the workers there into the National Farm Workers Association. Issues around migrant labor still exist today, and are still deeply felt on all sides. There’s also the dwindling returns of the entirety of the labor movement as a whole, so the time seems ripe to remind people just how much blood, sweat and »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Three films headed near you, we have the raunchy comedy .Bad Words. from Jason Bateman, making his feature-film debut as a director (he acted in the movie too alongside the super-funny Kathryn Hahn); We also have .Cesar Chavez. from actor/director Diego Luna helming his first English-feature starring Michael Pena as the beloved activist and America Ferrera as his wife. John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, and Wes Bentley complete the cast.
And then we have the much-awaited .Noah. from the brilliant auteur, Darren Aronofsky. The biblical star-studded epic stars Russell Crowe as our hero, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte, and Anthony Hopkins.
So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews:
Cesar Chavez makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired. Starring Michael Peña, this portrait of the iconic Mexican-American labor leader has noble intentions, and you could do worse than show this film to a group of kids curious about Chavez’s accomplishments. (An even better choice might be the excellent new documentary Cesar’s Last Fast, which focuses on Chavez’s final act of resistance in 1988, a 36-day fast.) But the ultimate effect of this film, directed by actor Diego Luna, is curiously cold — it never transcends the hagiographic nature of its material, despite a talented cast and a compelling subject.Instead of telling Chavez’s whole life, the film starts in 1962, when he founded the National Farm Workers Association. As a community organizer, Cesar (Michael Peña) is staggered to learn that the Hispanic farm workers he sees own nothing, can’t read or write, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Every week, Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn singles out a movie available for free streaming from our parent company SnagFilms' library and tells you why you should watch it now. Cesar Chavez is a towering figure of the American labor movement, and Diego Luna’s new biopic of the figure -- which opens nationwide today -- capably lays out the struggles endured by countless Latin American workers in the United States that spurred Chavez to action. But the story begins and ends during the height of Chavez's career, and the struggles among lower class immigrants in America has sadly yet to wane. This is true for a much larger and diverse crowd than members of the Latin American community. Which brings us to Sean Baker's "Take Out." American cinema largely reflects the conditions of a society that still has a hard time exploring its diversity. To put it »
- Eric Kohn
Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez. Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed. Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers. The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the Ufw, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner. At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Diego Luna. He talked about how the Latino community isn't properly represented in cinema, the challenge of making Cesar Chavez, how the film has a beautiful message, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Boasting an all-star cast, a patina of prestige and a wide release, there’s no doubt that the epic will open in first place. But coming on the heels of last weekend’s surprise success story God’s Not Dead, the Christian film that opened in fourth place at $9.2 million from just 780 screens, the question of the weekend is whether faith-based audiences will turn out to see just what Aronofsky has done with the story.
This weekend also provides a lot of interesting fodder to analyze, »
- Lindsey Bahr
"Noah," Darren Aronofsky's costly, epic deluge of gritty visual splendor and waterlogged actors, is like no Bible you've ever read. After the film floods theaters Friday, it's up to audiences to decide if all the efforts of this once-indie filmmaker were worth the trouble. Critics enjoy the film overall, as they do Gareth Evans' violent action sequel "The Raid 2" and Drake Doremus' understated "Breathe In." Though critical consensus is still up in the air for Michael Pena as "Cesar Chavez," a biopic we liked at SXSW, and Tom Berninger's documentary on indie band The National, "Mistaken for Strangers," these are all solid indie alternatives for those looking to dry off after "Noah." The best of the bunch is "Cesar Chavez," from director Diego Luna and starring Pena, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. As a look at the titular late great activist and founder of the United Farm Workers, »
In "Cesar Chavez," its titular, historic character has many opportunities to show what it took to make a team. The civil rights and labor leader Chavez had few financial resources to hire aide in his strife to get the United Farm Workers union started in the 1960s. Enter attorney Jerry Cohen. And enter here, in this HitFix exclusive clip, Michael Peña and Wes Bentley, who play Chavez and Cohen respectively in the biopic. Despite hinting at a "complicated" past with his legal work, Cohen gets hired on the spot of the interview for General Counsel of the Ufw -- over a pool game and a beer. You may be stunned what his starting salary was, to help farm workers to earn their own decent wage. "Cesar Chavez" also stars Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and John Malkovich. It hits theaters tomorrow (March 28). Watch our interview with "Cesar Chavez" director Diego Luna here. »
- Katie Hasty
Rosario Dawson has been enjoying some downtime from acting for the past year, but you wouldn't know it after glancing at her IMDb profile. The actress who broke out in Larry Clarks' "Kids" back in 1995, had "Gimme Shelter" open this year and has a new film coming out this Friday, Diego Luna's sophomore effort behind the camera, "Cesar Chavez." On top of these two releases, Dawson has four more features scheduled to open before the year's end: the long gestating sequel to "Sin City," Atom Egoyan's new thriller "The Captive," Mark Webber's indie "The Ever After," and "Parts Per Billion," which she also produced. In "Cesar Chavez," Dawson plays real-life figure Dolores Huerta, a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with the titular subject of Luna's biopic. For Dawson, the project is a unique one -- the actress was already close »
- Nigel M Smith
I gotta admit that I was very skeptical going into this movie. There is something very dreadful about patronizing Hollywood biopics that makes me shudder. But with its largely Mexican-American cast and Mexican actor-turned-director Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Milk) directing, and for the fact it's the first biopic on Chavez, one of the most important labor activists in American history, I thought I'd give it a go. Surprisingly, Luna does an amazing job here, wisely concentrating on Chavez's biggest accomplishment in mid 60s through 70s -- as he goes back working in the field to organize, to the great California grapes strike, to hunger strikes to end violence on both sides. He doesn't whitewash his subject. Chavez's constant absence takes a toll on his...
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