As the weather drops, we’re getting ready to watch movies under our San Marcos blankets or, of course, on the big screen.
From action-packed films to introspective journeys — the end of the year is shaping up to be an exciting season for film releases.
Though there are many calls out for more Latinx representation in Hollywood — including John Leguizamo’s two cents — we can at the same time celebrate the new Latinx movies that are out right now.
Pues with major blockbuster hits, such as “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” out last week, which features a Latinx anti-hero, it’s hard not to take note of those currently representing our wonderful community on the big screen.
But that’s not all. With this in mind, here are new Latinx movies to stream or watch in theaters.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
As mentioned before, this is one of this year’s most anticipated films. It stars Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta as the film’s anti-hero named “Namor.” But let’s talk about Huerta for a second: did you know that Huerta is of Aztec and Purépecha origin? That makes the representation celebration even more exciting! Another Latine talent participating is, of course, Lupita Nyong’o, who is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. The film hits theaters on November 11.
Though this is a limited series, it still is a must-watch! It features the Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldaña, the protagonist of the emotional love story based on real-life events. Now, it’s not a sappy love story — it will literally have you sobbing toward the second half of the series. So, if you’re into emotional rollercoasters — we definitely recommend this title for you. The limited series is currently streaming on Netflix.
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
This is another project spearheaded by Saldaña, where she plays one of the main protagonists, Neytiri. The film follows the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), their problems, their lengths to keep each other safe, their battles to stay alive, and “the tragedies they endure.” It’s out in theaters on December 16.
“Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”
Another Latinx-led film is Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pinocchio” which “reinvents the classic tale of the wooden marionette” who is magically brought to life to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. The film is set to stream via Netflix starting on December 9 — and is out in select theaters.
“Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”
This film is by Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer Alejandro G. Iñárritu, known for his work on “The Revenant,” and “Birdman.” It tells the story of an acclaimed journalist who goes on an epic introspective journey to reconcile with the past, the present, and his identity. It’s set to stream on Netflix on December 16 — and is out in select theaters.