After rounding up hours in front of the screen eating popcorn, these are some of the top Latino movie moments of the year – from the ‘hell yea!’ moments to the scenes that cracked us up and all our favorite Latino actors, directors and screenwriters.
1. Furious 7
Badass Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) and true ride-or-die Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) did not disappoint as the two sole women (and Latinas!) holding down the fort in the Furious gang. The #girlpower highlight came when Ortiz kicked ass versus Kara (Ronda Rousey).
In this movie, which literally means “hitman” in Spanish, FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment in Mexico. The highlight of the movie, however, is Benicio del Toro’s performance as stone cold Colombian ex-drug smuggler turned assassin, Alejandro Gillick.
Argentina was in the spotlight this year with a variety of films in Hollywood, such as the remake of Secrets in their Eyes. The South American country was also the setting for Focus, which featured many hilarious one-liners by Adrian Martinez, Will Smith’s sidekick in the movie.
4. A la Mala
This rom-com has a predictable ending, but its feistiness and original storyline will win you over. Who couldn’t help going ? head over heels with real-life baes Aislinn Derbez and Mauricio Ochmann? The two teamed up to whip up some comedic fun and the LOL moment of the film was when the women kick out their boyfriends and hire Maria Laura (Derbez) to help them.
5. “Guten Tag, Ramón (Buen Dia, Ramón)”
This heartwarming film tells the tale of a young Mexican, Ramon (Kristyan Ferrer), who befriends an elderly German woman, Ruth (Ingeborg Schöner), after moving to Germany to find work. The lengths Ruth goes to to help Ramon settle in to his new home are awe-inspiring. Although she acts like any good abuela would, it’s a surprise when she hires a prostitute to help him feel ‘at ease’. Our abuelas would never do that!
It was an affair that was short-lived on screen (only a few minutes), but that doesn’t stop us from being proud to have a Mexicana represented in James Bond’s Bond Girls lineup (what took them so long?!). Estella (Stephanie Sigman) captivates on screen as she struts through Mexico City during its Dia de los Muertos festivities. How could Bond have resisted her?
7. “The Revenant”
So, this film is going to squeeze into the final days of 2015, but we know it’s going to be a mega-hit. Hopefully Alejandro González Iñárritu has the Midas touch and turns this into Oscar gold – one for him and Leo.
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