Movies You Don’t Want to Miss in 2017

If you’re a fan of thrillers, prepare for two of the best thrillers in 2017. Split, an intriguing suspense-filled film centered on the mysterious corners of the mind of a man who has manifested 23 personalities with one personality remaining and still submerged set to materialize and dominate all the others. This film stars James McAvoy and Latina actress Anya Taylor-Joy (Morgan and The Witch), and will be released in theaters on January 20, 2017.

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Another thriller that you won’t want to miss is Get Out and will be in theaters on February 24. The film follows a meet-the-parents weekend getaway for a young African-American and his girlfriend at her family’s estate. Within the course of a few days, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Get Out
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If you are feeling a like you need a little action in your life then The Great Wall will give you all the action you can handle. The film stars Matt Damon and Chilean actor Pedro Pascal from Narcos and Game of Thrones. This film, which premieres on February 17, 2017 tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.

The Great Wall
(Universal Pictures):


And of course we all need a little comedy. After all, laughter is one of the best ways to celebrate the new year. The new comedy starring Jacqueline Bracamontes, Sergio Mayer Mori, and Benny Ibarra Un Padre No Tan Padre, will have you literally laughing out loud as Don Servando Villegas (Hector Bonilla), an 85-year-old feisty and old-fashioned Mexican patriarch gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior. Don’t miss it in theaters on January 27, 2017.

Un Padre No Tan Padre
(Pantelion Films):


If you’re feeling the love after Valentine’s Day then make it a date night (or a girl’s night out) for Valentine’s Day weekend, and catch two love-filled films. Everybody Loves Somebody (Pantelion Films), which will be in theaters on February 17 stars Karla Souza as Clara who confronts her ex-boyfriend at a family wedding after having completely disappeared from her life. Clara will have to decide between going back to the past or opening her heart to new and unexpected possibilities.

Everybody Loves Somebody
(Pantelion Films):


You’re Killing Me Susana, the new film with Gael García Bernal and Verónica Echegui will also be in theaters on February 17, 2017. This film follows Eligio (Gael), who wakes up one morning and realizes that his wife has suddenly abandoned him. After learning that she has enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa University, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him.

You’re Killing Me Susana
(Hola Mexico Distribution):



And finally, the team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. In theaters on June 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3
(Universal Pictures):



Deepwater Horizon Disponible en Digital HD Ahora
y en 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack y DVD el 10 de Enero


DWH_VRApp_Infographic_Final_Spanish[1].pngSANTA MÓNICA, CA y VANCOUVER, BC (21 de diciembre de 2016) – Para celebrar el lanzamiento Digital HD de Deepwater Horizon, Lionsgate está llevando los comentarios de las películas al siguiente nivel con Deepwater Horizon VR app, una aplicación nueva disponible ahora en plataformas móviles iOS y Android. Con la novedosa e inmersiva Deepwater Horizon VR, los fans sentirán por primera vez la emoción de compartir la misma habitación con el director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Patriots Day), mientras este se sumerge con comentarios exclusivos en la aclamada película Deepwater Horizon acompañado por el editor Colby Parker Jr (Lone Survivor, Patriots Day). Creado por SubVRsive en colaboración con Lionsgate, los espectadores estarán rodeados por reproducciones y diseños de los distintos efectos especiales utilizados en la película, que serán comentados por Berg y Parker Jr.

“Lionsgate fue una de las primeras compañías de comunicación en implementar las aplicaciones de consumo para VR, y estamos dedicados a que nuestra oferta evolucione para mejorar el involucramiento de los seguidores en nuestro contenido”, dijo Jim Parker, Presidente de Televisión Global y Distribución Digital de Lionsgate. “Con nuestra aplicación VR, los fans se sumergen por completo en el mundo de Deepwater Horizon como si estuvieran observando a través de los ojos de nuestros cineastas, y es una experiencia única que le da una dimensión más al cine en el hogar”.

La experiencia móvil Deepwater Horizon VR incluye tres escenas de la película con comentarios – solo disponible a través de la aplicación – y se puede descargar gratuitamente en la tienda de aplicaciones de Apple y en Google Play. Al descargar la aplicación se accede a la primera escena, mientras que las escenas adicionales se desbloquean mediante el reconocimiento de voz una vez que se está viendo Deepwater Horizon.

La aplicación se puede usar en teléfonos inteligentes iPhone y Android que cuenten con dispositivos compatibles de visionado de realidad virtual como Google Cardboard, el cual debería utilizarse cuando uno se encuentre sentado. Para el usuario sin un visualizador VR móvil, se puede disfrutar de la experiencia utilizando el modo de vídeo en 360 grados. Antes del uso del dispositivo compatible de visionado VR, deben seguirse todas las instrucciones que se incluyen junto a este. Dicho uso debe descontinuarse si se experimentan molestias o reacciones adversas para la salud.

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Sinopsis de Deepwater Horizon:

Mark Wahlberg encabeza un reparto estelar en una película inolvidable que se inspira en una apasionante historia sobre héroes en la vida real. Para las ciento veintiséis personas a bordo de la plataforma petrolera Deepwater Horizon, el 20 de abril de 2010 arrancó como un día normal. Pero antes de que el día acabe, el mundo será testigo de uno de los mayores desastres humanos de la historia de Estados Unidos. Deepwater Horizon expone la valentía de los hombres y mujeres que se crecieron ante el desafío que se les presentó – y que arriesgaron todo para conducir a otras personas a un lugar seguro.



Deepwater Horizon Available on Digital HD Now
and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray TM Combo Pack and DVD January 10th



To celebrate the Digital HD release of Deepwater Horizon, Lionsgate is taking film commentary to the next level with the new Deepwater Horizon VR app, now available on iOS and Android mobile platforms. Using the new immersive Deepwater Horizon VR, fans will experience, for the first time ever, the thrill of being in the same room with director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Patriots Day) as he dives into the critically acclaimed film Deepwater Horizon with exclusive commentary alongside editor Colby Parker Jr (Lone Survivor, Patriots Day). Created by SubVRsive in partnership with Lionsgate, viewers will be surrounded by renderings and sketches of the various special effects used in the film, as Berg and Parker Jr. reference them.

“Lionsgate was one of the first media companies to embrace consumer applications for VR and we are dedicated to evolving our offerings to enhance the fan involvement in our content,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide TV & Digital Distribution. “With our VR app, fans fully immerse themselves in the world of Deepwater Horizon as seen through the eyes of our filmmakers, and it is a unique experience that adds a new dimension to home viewing.”

The mobile Deepwater Horizon VR experience includes three film scenes with commentary – only available via the app – and is free to download through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The first scene is fully accessible when the app is downloaded and the additional scenes are unlocked using audio recognition while viewing Deepwater Horizon.

The app can be used on an iPhone or Android smartphone with a compatible virtual reality viewing device such as Google Cardboard, which should be used while seated.  Alternately, users without a mobile VR viewer can enjoy the experience in 360 video mode. All instructions included with the compatible VR viewing device should be followed before use and such use should not continue if any discomfort or health reactions are experienced.

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Deepwater Horizon Synopsis:

Mark Wahlberg leads an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by a thrilling story of real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. Deepwater Horizon reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge—and risked everything to lead others to safety.




The holidays are a special time for all families, and if you are Latino, you know that everyone comes over to celebrate. More than likely your casa is going to be full of family, food, música and tons of suggestions for what to view on TV. Luckily, with Xfinity the entire family can get together and watch a variety of programming in your language of choice, whenever, wherever.


For the house filled with little ones, Xfinity’s Kids Zone on the X1 platform will provide your family with hundreds of children’s TV shows and movies that have been specially curated and deemed appropriate to watch by Common Sense Media’s rating system. No more worrying about what your kids are watching! Kids can enjoy Holiday classics like Home Alone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas or catch up on their favorite TV shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.


For those with a Netflix account, Xfinity has seamlessly integrated all the content of this streaming service into the X1 platform. Browsing and searching for your favorite titles on Netflix has never been easier, especially with the X1’s voice remote control which takes you directly to the content you want with just the sound of your voice. Catch up on the new seasons of Netflix original shows like Gilmore Girls or The Adventures of Puss in Boots directly on the X1 browser.


If you want to binge on TV series during your holiday posadas, there are thousands of options for everyone in the family. For my family it’s all about This Is Us! This heartwarming series is perfect for the holidays. There’s other shows as well like NBC Universo’s hit series El Vato featuring Mexican regional star El Dasa, to Telemundo’s El Señor de los Cielos, there’s plenty you can enjoy with your family. Young and old can also binge on Mexican classics and over 30 of famed Mexican comedian Cantinflas’ best movies available on Demand via Cine Sony Television. Just say “Cantinflas” to your remote control.


And no family gathering is complete without binging on Holiday movies and specials. The content options for your fiestas are endless and even more now that many of these films can also be viewed in Spanish (via the SAP filter). You can watch Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more favorites completely in Spanish with your abuelos or primos!


Catch this and even more content via the On Demand menu, on the mobile app Xfinity Go and the web portal at

Get ready to experience the best holidays ever. A echar la casa por la ventana con Xfinity!

@Keishamaze Movie Review: Does Assassin’s Creed Break the Video Game Movie Curse?


Directed by: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed and Charlotte Rampling

Rated: PG-13

Assassin’s Creed reunites director Justin Kurzel and actors Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender (who worked together on 2015’s Macbeth) for a fun adaptation of the the popular video game.

The story centers on Calum Lynch (Fassbender), a descendant of a secret society known as the Assassins. He’s recruited by Sophia Rikkin (Cotillard) and subsequently forced into the Animus, advanced technology which unlocks his genetic memory and allows him to assume the life of his ancestor Aguilar during the Spanish Inquisition. It’s these flashbacks that allow him to acquire the skills needed to take down the modern day Templars who are holding him and other Assassins hostage.

Fassbender says they chose that timeline because “we wanted to get a brand new timeline from the games and play wit history.” That means this original story is now canon in the game world. As such, Kurzel focused on making the 15th century scenes as accurate as possible by using real locations and avoiding the camp that befalls many a movie adapted from a video game. What follows is a series of beautifully shot scenes with minimal dialogue that almost make you feel like you’re in the game. And according to Fassbender, he performed about 95% of the stunts (just not that 150 ft Leap of Faith because…well, you know!) to add to the authenticity.

I can’t say that this breaks the video game movie curse but it does put forth a decent effort. The Aminus scenes alone are worth the ticket price because they deliver all the action you could ever want from the film. Rather than showing a guy writhing in a chair, Kurzel makes him more active by adapting the Animus into a mobile arm that allows Lynch to jump and flip—those scenes perfectly intercut with the ones in which his ancestor is performing the same actions.

Where the film falters is in the storylines outside of 15th Century Spain. In the real world, Sophia believes she’s doing good by her subjects when, really, she’s only after the Apple of Eden which supposedly fixes the aggression trait in people. She thinks she can save humanity with it but her father Rikkin (played by Jeremy Irons) believes subjugation is the way to go. There is a lot of story in this film which makes it a little hard to follow at times. Plus, they drag down the pace. On top of that, we’re also dealing with an interesting group of assassins we barely get to see. I often found myself wondering who they were and from which timeline their ancestors came from.

Still, it’s an enjoyable film overall and not the worst of the bunch. Since we’ve only scratched the surface with the assassins, it’s clear that more films will follow. According to the Playlist, Fassbender says the movie was originally intended to be a trilogy. If they do decide to continue the story, I hope Kurzel’s team fixes the pacing and realizes that they don’t need to cram so much into one film. Makes for a smoother ride.

-Keisha (@Keishamaze)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Assassin’s Creed is out in theaters now.

DESPICABLE ME 3 | Watch the Trailer

dm3_teaser-posterHey, everyone!

I’m so excited to share the new trailer for Despicable Me 3 with you all!

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.  Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  



DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30, 2017

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everybody-loves-somebody-one-sheetHey, everyone!

Check out the trailer below for Pantelion Films’ new romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody, which opens in theaters on February 17.

The cast includes Karla Souza (How To Get Away With Murder), Jose María Yazpik, Ben O’Toole, Alejandro Camacho, and Patricia Bernal.

In addition to its release in U.S. theaters, the film’s world premiere will take place on January 7 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

SYNOPSIS: On the surface, the young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have everything- a great job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a big fun-loving Mexican family. But, the one thing Clara doesn’t have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities – only to be caught by surprise when her ex-boyfriend (and family favorite) suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. Torn, Clara must decide between going back to the past or open her heart to new and unexpected possibilities. In an adventure full of laughter, she learns that sometimes it takes the whole crazy family to help you find crazy love.

THE KEYS ON CHRISTMAS on YouTube Red – Trailer



Hey, everyone! Check out the new sneak peak of YouTube’s holiday special The Keys of Christmas available now via YouTube Red:


In this YouTube Red Original, DJ Khaled and Mariah Carey drop a holiday hater (Rudy Mancuso) into a mystical winter wonderland where an all-star cast of lyrical troublemakers show him the true meaning of Christmas. Special celebrity cameos and appearances in the special include Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Ciara, Alex Aiono, Bebe Rex, and Mike Tyson.

Prepare to embark on a new magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. Watch it NOW on YouTube Red.


@Thisfunktional Review: ClarityHD On-Ear Wireless Headphones

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Monster Audio’s ClarityHD are a fantastic gift idea for any traveler or commuter.

Out of the box the headphones need to be charged before being turned on and connected to a device with bluetooth.

The stylish design is also comfortable and sleek.

The true amazement comes with the sound quality that is incredible from the first time used.

While reading the instructions that come with the headphones it says that they only get better with some time.

Listening to audio on low audio levels still provides a clear sound with natural and sound dynamic sound profiles.

The cushions provide a much more comfortable fit than other on-ear headphones. The cushions all around the headphones make it for a snug fit.

The headphones even when pushed to maximum audio levels do not distort the sound, rather the sound stays clear.

The battery life is another great feature as it can last for a long amount of time. While in use they lasted as much as 20 hours and with regular use, on standby and in use, the headphones lasted seven days without having to recharge.

The microphone could be much better. There were complaints that it sounded muffled sometimes and then other times that it sounded soft. It does however serve its purposes.

Overall, the Monster Audio ClarityHD on-ear wireless headphones are well worth the $179.995 price tag. The comfort, style and audio quality are the reasons to buy these headphones.

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DISCLAIMER: The ClarityHD On-Ear Wireless headphones were given at a discounted price or free by monster Audio for review purposes. The review is still an honest review by the writer, no payment was given to influence the reviewer.

@Thisfunktional Movie Review: COLLATERAL BEAUTY



Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Despite being a story around Will Smith’s character, Edward Norton steals “Collateral Beauty” with a charismatic and honest performance.

Howard, played by Smith, is mourning the loss of his daughter by writing letters to three abstractions, time, love and death.

Smith is a fantastic actor who portrays an emotional character with so much grief. He is dramatic and can pull the emotions out of anyone who has dealt with loss.

When his three business associates – Whit, played by Norton, Claire, played by Kate Winslet, and Simon, played by Michael Peña – decide to hire to actors – Brigitte, played by Helen Mirren, Amy, Played by Keira Knightley, and Raffi, played by Jacob Latimore – to play Death, Love and Time and to go to Howard and answer his letters.

Norton is just fantastic playing a humorous, yet emotional business man dealing with life after divorce and having a daughter that dislikes him because of it. He grabs hold of the audience’s attention and steals the spotlight from Smith.

Knightley is brilliant in her role and matches with Norton having several scenes throughout the movie which stand out. Her emotion feels true and can lead the audience to sympathize with her.

Winslet is great, for what is seen of her story. There’s not much the audience can grab on to about her character and leaves the story of her character lacking.

Peña is convincing as his character, but much like Winslet is not really seen as much and does not give enough of his back story to let audiences connect with his character.

Mirren is fantastic as an actress and as Death. She is one of the positive parts of the movie which audiences will enjoy.

Latimore embodies the youthfulness of his character well and gives some aggressiveness to his portrayal of time. He delivers his lines with such ease that audiences can lose themselves into his story and have it flow out like natural speech.

The entire story is difficult to sum up, but its a great story for the holiday season.

I give this drama a 3 out of 5 Popcorns. Although it has great parts to the story and the complexity is refreshing, it targets an audience which has dealt with major loss. The movie fells much like a stage production and yet much of the actual story feels left out. The overall story of Howard can get drowned out by the amazing acting from the supporting cast. The resolution seems to come out so quickly and runs long to where more is explained than what feels needed.

“Collateral Beauty” is now in theaters.

@Thisfunktional Movie Review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Filling in the gap between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is dark rebellion story with complex characters.

As the rebel alliance gets information of the empire making a secret weapon they go on the hunt for for the blueprints.

Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, finds Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, who is the daughter of Galen Erso, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who designed the Death Star and builds in a secret weak spot.

Luna is fantastic and is prominent in the story. He comes into the story as an anti-hero with a deep complex character that evolves throughout the story.

Jones is a compelling and matches well with Luna. The two together are a great addition to the Star Wars universe.

Mikkelsen is one of the best parts of this movie as he is a compelling character who is designing the Death Star under threat of being killed if he does not help.

The story falls on Cassian’s shoulders and keeps a serious tone with some comical moments which keeps some hope in a dark story.

There are few throwbacks to the original Star Wars series with appearances from several of the classic characters making an appearance.

There’s a huge reveal at the end, which gives fans something to look forward to.

I give this sci-fi movie 4 out of 5 Popcorns. Diego Luna carries this story great and does so not masking his accent and as a prominent figure. The supporting cast is able to give great performances, but Luna still stands out from the supporting cast. Felicity Jones is a strong character as well. The movie has no distinguishing qualities from any other Star Wars movies.  The cameos from classic characters give fans some excitement, even when everyone knows where this story ends.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is open in theaters now with some special presentation in 4XD.

Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME Theme Song Features Gloria Estefan

Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME Theme Song Features Gloria Estefan

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Sony Pictures Television brings “One Day at a Time” to Netflix premiering on Jan. 6 with a fantastic rendition of “This is it” by Latin singer Gloria Estefan.

A special screening took place at the Sony Pictures Studio lot were press was treated to a special Q&A with producer Norman Lear, writers and executive producers Mike Royce & Gloria Calderon Kellett and actress Justina Machado and Rita Moreno.

When no one else is there to tell you you’re wrong, there’s always family. 

Nobody puts the love in tough love quite like the Alvarez family. 

“One Day at a Time,” a new show from legendary producer Norman Lear, premieres exclusively on Netflix Jan. 6.

I enjoyed the screening and Q&A and can’t wait to binge watch this show on Jan. 6.



In Los Angeles, viewers have the opportunity to watch “Rogue One” in 4DX.

Regal Theaters is giving Star Wars fans the chance to experience “Rogue One” in the most realistic way possible only at L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center.Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

When you watch movies in 4DX, viewers move when the characters move, smell what the characters smell and feel what the characters feel.

The seats are designed to heave, roll, and pitch, while adding the environmental effects to push the viewer even farther into the movie.
For more information on 4DX theaters, check out this link: CJ 4DPLEX
CJ 4DPLEX is the world’s first 4D cinema company, headquartered in Seoul with international offices in Los Angeles and Beijing. The company created 4DX, the first and leading 4D cinema technology for feature films, providing moviegoers with an immersive cinematic experience that utilizes all five senses, allowing the audience to connect with movies with motion, vibration, water, wind, snow, lighting, scents, and other special effects that enhance the visuals on-screen. CJ 4DPLEX brings 4DX auditoriums to exhibition partners along with 4DX codes of both major Hollywood blockbusters and local titles. Each auditorium incorporates motion-based seating synchronized with over 20 different effects and optimized by a team of skilled editors, maximizing the feeling of immersion within the movie, beyond the limits of audio and video. Since 2009, more than 300 Hollywood titles have been screened in 4DX. As of November 2016, 4DX reaches over 38,000 seats in operation at more than 309 auditoriums in 42 countries.

HOW FAR I’LL GO Clip from Disney’s MOANA

HOW FAR I’LL GO Clip from Disney’s MOANA

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Take a look at the full “How Far I’ll Go” sequence from Disney’s “MOANA” featuring the Golden Globe nominated song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Auli‘i Cravalho.

The powerful vocals from Cravalho make the beautiful animated “MOANA” and the fantastic lyrics and music of Miranda that much more beautiful.

The “Moana original motion picture soundtrack,” the two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack are available wherever music is sold and streamed.


Hashtag – #Moana

Golden Globe Nominated NERUDA Opens in Theaters Dec. 16

Golden Globe Nominated NERUDA Opens in Theaters Dec. 16

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile.

In congress, Senator (and renowned poet) Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by the president.

Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet.

Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding, where Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General.”

In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom.

Neruda sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself and he sets about playing games with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their conflict more dangerous and more intimate.

In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.


‘SPLIT’ – In Theaters January 20, 2017 #SplitMovie

SPLIT – In Theaters January 20, 2017


image001Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original film that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.  Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the thriller being hailed as “Shyamalan’s most terrifying film to date.”

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities—each with unique physical attributes—to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others.  Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For the film The Guardian calls “a masterful blend of Hitchcock and horror,” Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015.  Their fellow collaborators on Split include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson
Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Ashwin Rajan, Steven Schneider

Official Website:

ENTER TO WIN: Sticky9 Medium Magnets!

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited to tell you about a little gem I found a few years ago. Social media has introduced me to so many things, and Sticky9 is one of my favorites.

Sticky9 offers magnets in Medium, Large, Retro (which look like little polaroid photos) and Jigsaw; Square Photo Prints; Posters; iPad Covers; Greeting Cards and so much more. The quality of their products are incredible and so is their customer service.

My niece and I bought two large magnet boards from IKEA that are completely filled with Sticky9 magnets (see photo below – you can probably guess which one is mine and which one belongs to a 12-year-old lol). You can make magnets with your favorite photos from Instagram, or your favorite quotes and saved photos. They also have an app that you can download to your phone that allows you to upload photos directly from your camera roll.


So here’s the deal. To enter the contest for a FREE set of Medium Magnets, answer the question below:


In the subject line – STICKY9 Magnets Giveaway

Winner will be selected on December 10th to give enough time to order before the holiday! You can check the website for shipping and delivery dates.

This promotion will end December 10th at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Winner will be contacted via email with a promotional code to use on Sticky9. and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.

You can also check out the site and order your very own magnets, photo prints, etc. with my code FRIENDANX5, which will deduct 15% from your purchase.

These products are great gifts and stocking stuffers! As an idea, last Christmas I had The 1975’s logo printed on a set of Jigsaw magnets. I separated each magnet and placed each one in an envelope with a clue leading my niece to a huge box with The 1975 concert tickets inside. She loved the little scavenger hunt, trying to figure out where each magnet went and now she has a cool looking jigsaw puzzle.

Be sure to enter the contest and check out Sticky9 online and on their app. You can thank me later!  🙂

Happy Holidays!

@Thisfunktional Contest: SING Guest List

@Thisfunktional Contest: SING Guest List

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Here’s something cool for Thisfunktional readers in Los Angeles, come to a screening for “Sing” at Regal LA Live in downtown LA on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

What makes this screening special? Those who win this get to skip the lines.

There’s no need to wait in line to watch this movie, just come to the check-in table and let them know you are on the guest list.

Sound cool, right? So why not enter for a chance to win one of two family pack of tickets, that’s four tickets per pack.

Here’s how to win:
On Twitter, follow and mention @Thisfunktional and what is your favorite song to sing at family karaoke night, #Thisfunktional.

On instagram, follow and tag @thisfunktional and tag a friend with a screenshot of this post and #Thisfunktional.

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Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits “Despicable Me,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions,” now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.

Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster “The Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination presents “Sing” this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.

Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.

Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.

Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on Dec. 21.

in theaters Dec. 21



Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso and Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and More

Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers


YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.

“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we’re excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.

‘YOU’RE KILLING ME SUSANA’ starring Gael García Bernal hits U.S. theaters in February 2017


youre-killing-me-susana-one-sheetYou’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), una comedia romántica de México protagonizada por el actor ganador del Globo de Oro Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Neruda), se estrena en cines el 17 de febrero de 2017 en Los Ángeles y Nueva York, para luego extenderse a otras 10 ciudades. Hola Mexico Distribution lanzará la película en EE.UU., después de sus premieres en 2016 en el Festival de Cine Internacional de Guadalajara, el Festival de Cine Internacional de Chicago y el Festival de Cine de Mill Valley y su proyección en los cines en México el pasado agosto. Producida y dirigida por Roberto Sneider (Arráncame la vida) a partir de un guión de Luis Cámara y Sneider basado en la novela Ciudades desiertas de José Agustín, la película es coprotagonizada por Verónica Echégui, Ashley Grace, Jadyn Wong, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson y Adam Hurtig.

Samuel Douek, presidente de Hola Mexico Distribution, afirmó: “Creemos que al público de EE.UU., que son fans de Gael por películas como Diarios de motocicleta, Babel y No, y más recientemente por su serie de TV Mozart in the Jungle, le encantará su actuación en You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), donde interpreta a un hombre pícaro y encantador en el estilo de Hugh Grant en Bridget Jones’s Diary y About a Boy. Es una película graciosa y entretenida, ideal para que los adultos la vean en una cita”.

En You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), Bernal interpreta a Eligio, un narcisista actor de telenovelas de la ciudad de México que un día se sorprende al descubrir que su esposa, Susana (Verónica Echégui), lo ha abandonado sin decir una palabra. Cuando se entera que ella se inscribió en un curso de escritura en una universidad de Iowa, decide seguirla y persuadirla para que regrese a su lado. Al llegar durante una tormenta de nieve a lo que parece ser el medio de la nada, Eligio se siente como un pez fuera del agua y se decepciona al descubrir que Susana ya ha continuado con su vida. Poco a poco, empieza a darse cuenta de que tomará mucho más que su usual carisma y bonitas palabras para volver a ganarse su amor.

Sobre Hola Mexico Distribution

Hola Mexico Distribution busca llevar algunas de las películas de mayor calidad de México y de América Latina al público de todo Estados Unidos. Establecida como la rama de distribución del Hola Mexico Film Festival después del exitoso lanzamiento de la película East Side Sushi en 2015, Hola Mexico Distribution también distribuyó el Hola Mexico Tour en 2016, un festival de cine itinerante que proyectó 10 de las mejores películas mexicanas del Hola Mexico Film Festival del 2016 en Los Ángeles. Hola Mexico Distribution lanzará You’re Killing me Susana,protagonizada por Gael García Bernal, en febrero del 2017; y pronto revelará las películas del año próximo. Para obtener más información, visita: Hola Mexico Distribution