Monica Castillo


Monica Castillo is a regular film contributor to the Village Voice. LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • 27 days ago | Film and TV

    In the second season of the new One Day at a Time, it seems like everyone in the Cuban-American Alvarez family faces a crisis of their own that reminds them to hold onto each other

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    Watching first-time feature director Ben Chace's Sin Alas is like a stroll through the streets of Havana. You weave through crowds in a pedicab, hang out on street corners to hear the latest gossip and meander on the majestic Malecón, the historic...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    The lure of everything Cuba is strong. It’s in the news, on top of everyone’s travel list and in our movie theaters. But the recent films about Cuba aren't exports from the still-embargoed country. Most come from visiting filmmakers. Irish directo...

  • Outsider filmmakers often bring to their work an outsider's curiosity. Irish director Paddy Breathnach captures a gorgeous portrait of Cuba with his drama Viva, but it fails to deeply connect with the culture it portrays. Here, the imagery...

  • Havana Motor Club isn't a groundbreaking documentary about Cuba. It's full of classic cars, proud men chomping on cigars and more shouts of "Viva Cuba!" than you'd hear in a day on Calle Ocho. Yet it is one of the few recent films...

  • Love is messy, and it's not always kind. That's the familiar lesson that the characters in Franziska Schlotterer's period drama Closed Season learn the hard way. Bruno (Max Mauff) finally meets his long-lost father Albert (Christian...


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