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The recent explosion of movie theaters in Puerto Vallarta give movie-goers a broad range of choices. From ultra-modern cinemas with up to 14 screens playing first-run films in English [with Spanish sub-titles] to combination coffee and movie houses playing art, international and independent films from over the years, going to the movies in Puerto Vallarta is a lot cheaper than back home . . . and a great way to learn a little Spanish, too.

Plaza Caracol - Av. de los Tules #178
Tel: 224-8927

Cinemex Galerias
Galerías Vallarta - Fco. Medina Ascencio #2920
Tel: 221-0095

Cinemex Macro Plaza
Centro Comercial Marco Plaza, El Pitillal

Av. Francisco Villa #1642 - El Pitillal
Tel: 293-6763

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Oscars 2016 Predictions: Mexico Shortlists 14 Films

The Academy Awards' race is officially heating up, as Mexico announced fourteen films have been shortlisted to compete for the foreign film submission. Among the selections are '600 Miles' by Gabriel Ripstein and '4 Moons' by Sergio Tovar Velarde.

Cinema CUC Presents Disney's 'Big Hero 6' this Friday
Alan Yamil Hinojosa

As part of the CinemaCUC movie series, Centro Universitario de la Costa will present a free matinee showing of 'Big Hero 6,' a superhero comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, on Friday, July 24 at 1 pm in the Juan Luis Cifuentes auditorium.

'Good Guys, International' Seeking LatAm Action Hero
Greg Spencer

A talent hunt is underway in 48 countries for action heroes to star in a multi-national co-production titled 'Good Guys, International.' Casting for the Latin 'Good Guy' will be done by whichever Latin American producer becomes a co-producer on this film.

First Puerto Vallarta Short Film Festival a Success

The first Puerto Vallarta Short Film Festival, held Friday, June 26th at the Cuale Cultural Center, was a great success. Local film makers Sebastian Hernandez and Cesar Ramos staged the presentation of eight original short films by young local artists.

'El Elegido' Depicts the Plot to Assassinate Trotsky
Associated Press

The plot to assassinate Leon Trotsky, the Soviet revolutionary-turned-exiled dissident, in Mexico City in 1940, is at the heart of 'El Elegido' ('The Chosen'), an upcoming movie that recently wrapped up shooting in this capital city.

Vallarta Pride Presents International Film Festival

As part of Vallarta Pride 2015, a four-day International Film Festival will celebrate the creativity and diversity of the community through a series of award-winning films. These art movies will be shown at various venues around the city from May 19-24.

Latest Bond Film Producer Denies Mexico Changed Script
Associated Press

The producer of the new James Bond thriller 'Spectre' denies that the script was changed to get incentives in Mexico. Officials in Mexico City have declined to comment on possible incentives offered on the movie, which began its Mexico filming last week.

Democrats Abroad Wednesday Film: 'Which Way Home'
David Kamp

As part of their Every Wednesday Night Film series, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is proud to present this week's movie, 'Which Way Home.' This timely documentary will be shown at the International Friendship Club on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm.

D.F. Closes Some Historic Streets for James Bond Film
Associated Press

Officials in Mexico City says they will close off some parts of the historic downtown district to allow a production team to film parts of the new James Bond thriller, 'Spectre.' The city of 8 million people is known for its heavy traffic, which might otherwise interfere with filming.

15th Annual Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival
Guadalupe Daniela Moreno Wulff

The 30th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival has again opened its arms to Puerto Vallarta, the destination in the state of Jalisco with the greatest potential for tourism and culture. As such, the International Film Festival returns to PV March 11-20th.

Netflix Starts Search for Mexico's Next Great Filmmaker
Rafa Fernandez de Castro

Not all Mexican-made flicks will make it to the big screen, but Netflix wants to help more Mexican movies make it to the small screen. A contest has 10 of Mexico's independently produced films vying for an opportunity to be seen by Netflix's 57 million global users.

How Mexicans Became Hollywood's Best Directors
Ioan Grillo

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's movie, 'Birdman' won four coveted Oscars Sunday, Best Director, Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay Writing, and Best Cinematography. The success of 'Birdman' means Mexicans have won the Best Director Oscar for two years running.

Democrats Abroad Presents 'Academy Awards Week' at IFC
David Kamp

From February 12-21, 2015 the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad and the Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club (IFC) will present 'Academy Award Week,' featuring five of 2014's best films - all of which have been nominated for Oscars - at the IFC.

'The Bachelor' to Film in Puerto Vallarta Next Season
Norma A. Hernandez

As part of the 'Vallarta-Nayarit Live It to Believe It' tourism promotion campaign, the Tourism Board of Mexico made an investment of $6 million to lure ABC's reality show 'The Bachelor' to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to film next season's entire series.

IFC Monday Night Hollywood Classics Film Series
Sue MacGregor

The Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club (IFC) continues its Monday Night Movies this season with an exciting 'Hollywood Classics' movie series. All of these blockbuster films, stretching back to 1940, won 'Best Picture' Oscars the year they were released.

'The Interview' Hits Mexican Theaters February 6th
Richard Dangler

On Feb. 6th, Sony Pictures will release 'The Interview,' starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, in 200 movie theaters across Mexico. Although the release is modest by Mexican standards, the controversial movie gets an added boost when it debuts across the UK on the same day.

Festival Sayulita 2015: Movies and Music in Mexico
Sara Lieberman

Cinephiles looking to enjoy a film with their feet in the sand can do so from January 14 to 18 at the second Festival Sayulita, a five-day culture and food fest in the chilled-out coastal town of Sayulita, 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Democrats Abroad Weekly Film Series Resumes December 3
David Kamp and Judy Snow

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is launching its Fifth Annual Film Series on a new night and at a new location. This year, the weekly films will be shown on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at the International Friendship Club in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Diego Luna Films New Movie in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Actor-director-producer Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple) and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) will star in Diego Luna's English-language 'Mr. Pig,' a road movie set in Mexico, which has just gone into production in Puerto Vallarta and other municipalities in the state of Jalisco.

ACT II Entertainment Presents Del Shores' Sordid Best
Banderas News Team

The 2014-2015 theater season officially opens in Puerto Vallarta with the return of funny man and playwright, Del Shores who'll present 'My Sordid Best' on the ACT II Main Stage on Oct 25 & Nov 1; and the international premiere of his award-winning movie, 'Southern Baptist Sissies,' Nov 1.

'Purgatorio' Screened in Tijuana Next to Border Fence
Rodrigo Reyes

Mexico City's non-fiction filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes recounts playing his latest feature in Tijuana and ponders the real-world value of issue-driven documentaries. 'Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border' was released in theaters last weekend in New York City.

CUC Presents 'Nuestro Amigo Americano' Oct 2-3
Marie Callan

Vallarta's Centro Universitario de la Costa invites everyone to enjoy free screenings of 'Nuestro Amigo Americano,' a documentary about John Huston's life and work in Mexico. The film will be shown at 11 am on Oct 2 in the CUC Auditorium, and 8:30 pm Oct 3 at Los Arcos del Malecon.

'Cantinflas' Mexico's Bid for Foreign-Language Oscar
John Hecht

Mexico's film academy has picked 'Cantinflas,' a biopic about comedian Mario Moreno, as its foreign-language Oscar submission. Should the film land an Oscar nomination, 'Cantinflas' will be looking to make history as Mexico's first winner in the foreign language category.

Netflix to Track Down and Kill Blockbuster in Mexico
Adam Epstein

Netflix, which was partially responsible for Blockbuster’s demise in the US, now has an aggressive plan to extend its reach in Mexico. If successful, Netflix could steal most of Blockbuster’s clientele in Mexico, and Blockbuster doesn’t really have anywhere else to go.

Roger Corman Featured at Guanajuato Int'l Film Fest
Eric Ortiz Garcia

The 2014 Guanajuato International Film Festival promises to be both exciting and surprising, especially thanks to the fact that the event will pay homage to B movie king Roger Corman. Corman, 88, will also be attending - his first ever appearance at a Mexican film festival.

New Documentery Explores Mexico’s Addiction to Soccer
Duncan Tucker

In Mexico, soccer is primarily a passionate celebration, but one that is so massive - economically, politically, and socially - it also brings many problems. The documentary 'Ilusion Nacional' details how the world's most popular sport relates to Mexican society and politics.

Democrats Abroad Tuesday Film: 'What Maisie Knew'
David Kamp and Judy Snow

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico will close this season's Every Tuesday Night Film series with 'What Maisie Knew.' The movie will be presented at the Paradise Community Center on Vallarta's South side on April 29th at 7:00 pm. We thank you all for your support.

Democrats Abroad Presents 'Chasing Ice' on Earth Day
David Kamp and Judy Snow

In recognition of Earth Day 2014, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico will present 'Chasing Ice' on April 22 at 7 pm at the Paradise Community Center. While there, US citizens can also get voter registration assistance from Democrats Abroad volunteers.

Democrats Abroad Tuesday Film: 'The Impossible'
David Kamp and Judy Snow

As part of their Every Tuesday Night Film series, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is proud to present this week's movie, 'The Impossible.' This 2012 heart-stopping film will be shown at the Paradise Community Center on April 15th, at 7:00 pm.

Democrats Abroad Tuesday Film: 'A Royal Affair'
David Kamp and Judy Snow

As part of their Every Tuesday Night Film series, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is proud to present this week's movie, 'A Royal Affair.' This 2012 historical drama film will be shown at the Paradise Community Center on April 8th, at 7:00 pm.

Democrats Abroad Tuesday Film: 'Forks over Knives'
David Kamp and Judy Snow

As part of their Every Tuesday Night Film series, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is proud to present this week's movie, 'Forks over Knives.' This 2011 documentary that could save your life will be shown at the Paradise Community Center on April 1st, at 7:00 pm.

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