Excerpt: Deep as these issues run, Franklin does them an unfortunate disservice by showcasing them in such a flat and artless presentation. With the occasional exception, such as a startling shot of an owl descending quickly toward the camera, talons first, the film disappointingly fulfills much of the stereotype of the made for TV movie aesthetic.
Excerpt: Bless Me, Ultima is a well-meaning multicultural fable that gets lost in its own myopic point-of-view. Working from a novel by Rudolfo Anaya , writer/director Carl Franklin (“One False Move,” “Devil in a Blue Dress”) promises a peek into the myths and traditions of an under-represented culture — in this case, Mexican immigrants living in New Mexico during WWII.
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Excerpt: Its sincerity and willingness to address big issues–even if not always satisfactorily–make it an admirable attempt to bring an important piece of Chicano literature to the screen.