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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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An effortlessly watchable addition to 1970s era cartel cinema, Guerra and Gallegos manage a compelling saga, albeit in a period and formula a bit less mysterious and enigmatic than his previous celebrated effort.
Gallego and Guerra's presentation may have taken the form of a more recognizable and palatable genre movie but its beauty and power still lies in its loving and patient portrayal of traditions of dance, clothing and, most importantly, values.
An admirable, surprising accompanying piece to Guerra's magnum opus, contemplatively examining the progression (or regression) of an indigenous tribe that's finding it difficult to withstand the harsh capitalist climate.
In its informed use of hallucinatory indigenous folktales, Birds of Passage spans a rich emotional spectrum as it places the familiar would-be drug lord narrative underneath an anthropological microscope.
This is certainly not your typical drug crime thriller, where racist caricatures swagger around like oversized villains while white redeemers try to save the day. The genre's racist trappings are instead deconstructed into something postcolonial.
Layering this crime drama with a level of mysticism not only manages to maintain the contemporary understanding of the Wayuu people, but also breathes some new life into the "rags to riches" crime thriller subgenre.
Guerra and Gallego may not have reproduced the surreal images from Embrace of the Serpent, but their determination to preserve the history of those who capitalism has destroyed remains as strong and necessary as ever.