FLAMIN’ HOT – Review by Leslie Combemale

In the moments before Eva Longoria’s feature directing debut, the 20th Century Fox fanfare plays, but the traditional score is changed to sound like a mariachi band is playing it. That’s the first sign that Flamin’ Hot is going to bring strong, fun Latin flavor to the screen. What comes next is a two hours tall tale, far from the true story of the origin of the famous Frito-Lay snack, but which is a true and often joyful celebration of Latin culture and family life.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Eva Longoria’s FLAMIN’ HOT’ to stream on Disney+ and Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

Flamin’ Hot, the feature film directorial debut from seasoned actor and filmmaker Eva Longoria, starts streaming June 9 on Disney+ and Hulu. The film is based on the true story – or at least the popular urban legend – of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global phenomenon. Flamin’ Hot premiered in March at South by Southwest (aka SXSW) in Austin, Texas, where it won the Headliners Audience Award.

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TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN – Review by Jennifer Green

Marketed around its concept of stories by and about women, this compilation of shorts was co-produced by the non-profit organization We Do It Together, which promotes gender parity in film and media. The stories mostly revolve around women in crisis, which provides narrative drama but doesn’t feel universal or representative of women’s lives in general. While there’s plenty of diversity across the shorts in terms of race, ethnicity and nationality, the focus begs the question of why the film didn’t opt for more diversity in stories and tone. Being a woman doesn’t have to mean overcoming constant crises, does it?

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UNPLUGGING – Review by Joan Amenn

Unplugging goes all in on exploring the pitfalls of our addictions to our electronic devices, in a shrewdly satirical and slightly annoying way. The jokes don’t always land but the main characters, a couple who are trying to reconnect with each other, are amusing enough to keep us journeying with them in their weekend escape from the pressures of email, texting, and roaming Wi-Fi connections.

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Monique Marvez on THE ART OF COMEDY and Women in Comedy – April Neale interviews

Monique Marvez is author, podcaster, radio host and rescuer of pound puppies headed for the big goodbye. She’s a comic’s comic, a populist player, a fiercely intelligent and funny woman who’s served as San Diego’s top voice on Jack FM’s Monique and the Man, Next up: HBO Max’s HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy.

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