His rhymes caught the attention of millions. His flow is un-matched by any. His story is captivating and triumphant. “Big Pun: The Legacy” chronicles the life of the Grammy Nominated artist “Big Pun” aka Christopher Rios, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx who made history by becoming the first Latino rapper to sell over a million records.
The last voicemail Sherwin Owens (Oyelowo) received from his beloved wife, Fiona, before she died in a car accident implored him: “meet her, before it’s too late.” The “her” in question is Fiona’s mother Lucinda (Wiest), whom Fiona had just visited after many years of estrangement. After spending several solitary days blunting his grief with alcohol, Sherwin makes the long drive to Lucinda’s home in rural Maine. Lucinda lives up to her reputation as ornery, bullying, and cruel, but she is dying from cancer. As Sherwin endeavours to bridge a divide widened by age and race, there ensues an unspoken competition as to who bears the greater loss. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]
Puerto Rican brothers–in-law Eddie and Luis just happen to be NYC’s two best counterfeit detectives. When the latest, must-have “It Bag” from celebrated Parisian fashion designer Colette’s new collection has been stolen, they head to Paris in hopes of cracking the case and collecting a handsome fee. With clashing sleuthing styles and personality traits, the comedic duo infuses a bit of color into the City of Lights. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]
Jesse Sanchez (John Leguizamo) is the “fugly” ghetto nerd from the Bronx in the 1970’s, growing up in the shadow of his older, better-looking brother. Jesse heads off to college where he takes advantage of the incredible ratio of 6 girls to every guy. It is there that this boy undergoes a transformation. It’s where he meets Lara (Radha Mitchell) and learns to take command of the stage. As a college grad back in New York, during a spur of the moment local comedy night performance infused with his own style of in your face bits on sex, Jesse is discovered by agent Stoddard (Ally Sheedy) who says she has found the next Latino sensation. Moments later he meets Zowie (Rosie Perez), a sexy Nuyorican poetess and passionate lover in search of a man who will take her to the top of the industry. Later, with a rising film and television career, Jesse has newfound fame, money, and a strong social media following. He experiences a life-changing moment that allows him to reflect upon his career and the true love of his life. Back on stage, Jesse finds himself in competition with his ex’s new beau Jeffery (Griffin Dunne). Then, director Alfredo de Villa’s hilarious anti-romantic comedy takes a shocking turn.
Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons jump into their magical Crayon Box which transports them to their home in Color City, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. This land is fed by an enchanted rainbow and waterfall that provides the City and its citizens with color.
When Yellow, our timid heroine, is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: King Scrawl, a huge, powerful, mute monster — and Gnat, Scrawl’s motor-mouthed, overactive sidekick. In search of color for themselves, they follow Yellow to Color City, causing panic and concern. If Scrawl and Gnat can claim the waterfall for themselves, Color City will fade, and along with it, our lovable crayon characters will disappear.
It’s up to Yellow and a motley crew of Crayons, bodacious and brave, Blue, meticulous, fussy Green, satirical Red, pessimistic Black and overanxious White to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends.