Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Latino Film Festival's Cinema en tu Idioma Series Runs All Week
David Rasche and Cristina Lago star in *Blue Eyes*
We've hit a good patch! What with The Guard, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Another Earth, Midnight in Paris, and Le Quattro Volte currently playing neighborhood screens, there's something of quality for all to enjoy.
With the exception of Le Quattro Volte -- my #1 film so far this year (as well as a four-star favorite of David Elliott) is coming close to ending its healthy run at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp -- all of the above-mentioned will be playing for weeks to come. You have exactly six days left to catch the San Diego Latino Film Festival's 12th Annual Cinema en tu Idioma series, a showcase of six new Latin American, Mexican, and Spanish movies now showing at UltraStar Mission Valley.
I've logged half the films, and the most pleasant surprise was a lead performance by veteran movie and television character actor, David Rasche. You'll probably remember him as TV's Sledge Hammer, and SCTV mavens will quickly peg Rasche as Robert Wellesly, Libby Wolfson’s political rival in the “Melonvote” episode.
Rasche stars as Blue Eyes, a racist immigration officer at JFK Airport. His last day on the job proves fatal, forcing him to employ the services of a young prostitute who leads him through the underbelly of Brazil in search of one of the victims of his vile actions. It's a powerhouse performance that makes a terrific companion piece to Brendan Gleeson's equally dynamic "The Guard."
A complete list of times and titles are here.
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- Cinema en tu Idioma Kicks Off Tomorrow with Juan of the Dead — Aug. 2, 2012
- Short Takes: Anita — Sept. 1, 2011
- Latino Film Festival Presents Que Viva! Cine Latino Free Outdoor Series — Aug. 13, 2011
- Latino Film Festival Announces August's Cinema en tu Idioma Lineup — July 6, 2011