Meet Real Teacher Who Inspired John Leguizamo's 'Critical Thinking' Character

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Based on a true story from 1998, John Leguizamo plays real-life teacher Mario Martinez in CRITICAL THINKING. The high school teacher coached and inspired five Latino and Black teenagers from a disadvantaged area of Miami to win the National Chess Championship. CineMovie talks to Mr. Martinez about the inspirational story along with executive producer Carla Berkowitz who fought for 23 years to bring the story to life with first-time director Leguizamo at the helm. 

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Watch List: Best Bicultural Latino Programming on Netflix

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Latinos are not a homogenous group, yet when media celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month we’re lumped into one category. Rotten Tomatoes recently published a list of movies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, but their list consisted of all Spanish language films, and left out American-based stories. The bicultural experience in America is different from their parent's homeland no matter your race. The bicultural Latino stories do exist and Netflix is the best media company putting out those stories. Below is a list of programming that captures that experience in America.

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From Broadway to Prime Video: Heidi Schreck Talks What The Constitution Means For Women and People of Color

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Heidi Schreck brings her Tony Award-winning Broadway play, "What the Constitution Means to Me" to Amazon Prime Video. While we were taught that "all men are created equal" under the Constitution, a closer look at the document reveals women and people of color don't have equal rights. CineMovie talks to Heidi about her eye-opening show and what the Amy Coney Barrett appointment to the Supreme Court means for America. 

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Niv Sultan and Shervin Alenabi Talk Israeli Show 'Tehran' on Apple TV Plus

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TEHRAN stars Niv Sultan and Shervin Alenabi talk about their Apple TV+ espionage thriller from “Fauda” writer Moshe Zonder that tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy. The two actors from opposing countries say the show focuses on the human side of the Iran/Israeli conflict.

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Chicago Not The City The President Paints Says 'City So Real' Director Steve James

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Chicago, America’s third-largest metropolis has been painted as a violent city by the U.S. President's rhetoric.  Oscar®-nominated documentarian Steve James (“America to Me,” “Hoop Dreams”) shot a five-part documentary about is longtime hometown to show the multi-faceted city, the crowded 2018 Mayoral race, and the communities of Chi-Town in "City So Real." 

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'NeXt' Stars John Slattery Fernanda Andrade On What If Alexa or Siri Turned Into A Serial Killer

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FOX's new series 'NeXt' tackles the idea of an AI like Alexa or Siri becoming a serial killer. We talked to "NeXt" stars John Slattery and Fernanda Andrade about the show and their own techie habits last year at Comic Con shortly before they started shooting the first season.

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Mexican-Born Actor Adan Canto On What He Learned From His '2 Hearts' Movie

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Adan Canto ("Designated Survivor," "The Following") stars in a true inspirational movie, 2 HEARTS with Radha Mitchell, Jacob Elordi ("Euphora," THE KISSING BOOTH) and Tiera Skovbye (“Riverdale,” “Once Upon a Time”). In playing Jorge, a man who overcame a life-threatening condition thanks to someone else's generosity, the Mexican-born actor says there is a lesson to be learned from this movie in a time rife with divisiveness and loss. Watch.

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'Resisterhood' Documentary: The Future is Definitely Female Says Director CJ Crim

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The loss of the first female presidential candidate to a misogynist candidate prompted producer/director Cheryl Jacobs “CJ” Crim to examine the repercussions of the 2016 Presidential election from a woman's perspective in RESISTERHOOD. The longtime producer, director and editor of television documentaries follows six diverse activists whose work went into overdrive after the 2016 election to ensure women and LGBTQ+ don't lose their civil rights by motivating others to join in the fight.

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Video: Tom Felton On Playing A Rock Star Demon in New Netflix Movie and Starring In A Musical

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Tom Felton is back in the magic business starring as the rock star-looking demon in Netflix's A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING. The HARRY POTTER star traumatizes young teens as the "Grand Guignol" in the new movie now streaming on Netflix. The actor reveals his nightmare demon was inspired by Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger in his swagger, and the musician in him was thrilled to have a small singing role.  CineMovie also asked the actor best known as Draco Malfoy if he's over the Harry Potter craze. 

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'A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting' Star Oona Laurence on Perks of Becoming Legal and 'Bad Moms' Trilogy

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Oona Laurence is fighting toadies and the rock star demon, the Grand Gruignol played by Tom Felton in the Netflix movie, A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONTER HUNTING based on the popular books. The actress just turned 18, and she's ready to tackle different kind of roles and take part in stunt work. The star also reveals that perhaps another BAD MOMS may be in the works to complete a trilogy.

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84-Year-Old Selma Marcher Margaret Morrison On Her Obama Room And Why You Should Vote

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Margaret Morrison has been fighting against injustice and protecting civil rights since 1965 when she marched from Selma to Montgomery. She's featured in the new documentary, RESISTERHOOD. Now 84-years-old, she's still marching and not keeping quiet 55 years later. Watch below as she describes her lifelong activism, why she has a President Barack Obama room, and her response to those who think voting doesn't change anything.

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