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Thou Shalt Not Kill (2014)

The setting is any small urban Latino neighborhood in the U.S. where everyone is only a degree of separation from each other. Where loyalty to family is the utmost importance. The main ... See full summary »

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Alex / La Guapa
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Det. Pensiero
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Cesar Figueroa
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Det. Vasquez
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Officer Mendoza
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Aurelio Bocanegra ...
Jesus
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Judy Mendez
Scott Daniels ...
Shot Cholo
Maia Kahlo ...
Celia Figueroa
Linda Mendoza ...
Murdered Mom
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Papa
Karla Ojeda ...
Principal Anderson
Maria Richwine ...
Senora Ojeda
Rodney Thurman ...
Benny Figueroa
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The setting is any small urban Latino neighborhood in the U.S. where everyone is only a degree of separation from each other. Where loyalty to family is the utmost importance. The main character known as La Guapa (the beautiful) is forced into becoming a murderer for hire by her ex-husband in order to gain back custody of their 10 year old daughter. With every 'hit' she gets closer to her goal but emotionally moves farther away from her daughter. Written by Anonymous

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18 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Thou Shalt Not Kill  »

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Cesar Figueroa: Loving you just gets men killed.
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2 Titles, One Indie to Watch
27 June 2014 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Whether under LA GUAPA or THOU SHALLT NOT KILL titles this true Indie gives you complex characters and a payoff ending. Made for probably less than the line item for donuts in SALT this movie has just about everything, if it lacked anything is was heavy and over used stereotypes. What it lacked in budget was offset with a big dose of heart. Maybe Writer-Director Kenneth Castillo created a new sub-genre Family Drama Crime Thriller. Director Kenneth Castillo took a page from film noir and made it his own. One huge difference that separates this from the pack is his approach to the leading character La Guapa (Grace Serrano). Castillo was not afraid to let La Guapa have all the complexities of a real woman and a mother and not the usual bastardized role of the 'Macho Woman' where the hit-man would have been a woman in name only. One questioned clearly answered is what a mother will do for her child. Grace Serrano's performance as La Guapa is stellar, Anthony L. Fernandez as Cesar Figueroa brings it as the gangster with certain vulnerabilities that makes you almost forget he's an malevolent criminal bent on having his way at any cost. Performances of Al Coronel as Det. Pensiero and of his partner Det. Vasquez (Ivan Basso) are so true that you could swear they are right out the LAPD's Rampart Division. Maia Kahlo as Celia handled some heavy scenes as a seasoned professional, this young lady shows a lot of potential if she' continues with her acting career. Cindy Vela brings a whole new dynamics and nails the supporting role of Gabby Pensiero. Other good performances by Giovanni Bejarano as Chato and Rodney Thurman as Benny round out a very good cast. Loved it warts and all so I gave it 10 Stars for Excellence not Perfection.


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