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Features

Thursday, May 3 2007

Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.


Reviews

Monday, October 29 2007

El Cantante

Every bit the camp classic that Gigli was supposed to be. El Cantante is nothing if not a generously budgeted, extended music video.


Saturday, August 4 2007

El Cantante

Jennifer Lopez is the new Barbra Streisand. No, old Butta Babs can still act and sing rings around this entertainment wannabe. No, where J-Lo matches the Oscar winning diva is in the oversized ego department.


Thursday, August 2 2007

El Cantante

The biopic formula overtakes historical details and even director Leon Ichaso's signature impressionism, with an awkward and unsurprising result.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Piñero (2001)

The first scene in Leon Ichaso's biographical film, 'Piñero', sets up a complex series of relationships between the artist and his demons -- or more pointedly, between the artist and the various audiences he sought to influence and astonish.


News

Friday, August 3 2007

'El Cantante' follows life, music of Puerto Rican superstar

Even his name meant music. Hector Lavoe's real last name was Perez. Lavoe was invented, a Puerto Ricanized pronunciation of "la voz" - "the voice"


Thursday, August 2 2007

J.Lo's heritage looms large in her music and new movie

With the opening of her film El Cantante -- a biopic about Hector Lavoe, the vibrant soul of New York's salsa scene in the `70s


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