Carmina o revienta (2012) – in English & Spanish

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My review for this film will be brief. Carmina or Bust is a Spanish movie about a mother who lives in Seville and runs a bar. Her bar has been robbed but she cannot prove it. So, she needs to get money to cover it. The movie plays out like a documentary. She reminiscences about her life, talks to the camera and audience, and talks about the events that happened over the past month.

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One Day at a Time Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix)

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One Day at a Time is a comedy Netflix original series surrounding the Alvarez family. A misfit, Latino family living in LA. This series is a typical sitcom, but one I enjoyed due to its social commentary on many problems people face today.

Penelope (Justina Machado) is a divorced mother of her two kids, Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) struggling to balance work and motherhood as a recent Army veteran. She has an overbearing Cuban mother who lives with her and an annoying landlord who seems to always be in her home.

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Coco (2017) – in English & Spanish

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I was really excited for Coco and being from a Mexican family, I am so happy to see the Mexican culture being more represented in Hollywood. This movie surrounds the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) is a young boy who has dreams of being a musician, but he has a family who has banned music. He looks up to a famous musician named Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt) and once he strums his guitar that he finds himself in the Land of the Dead and must find a way to get back.

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