Sandra Werneck's Little Book of Love is a mildly amusing romantic comedy about a love affair between two middle-class denizens of Rio de Janeiro, not that different from something Nora Ephron might make; the bumbling male lead even looks a bit like Billy Crystal. People who enjoy films full of earnest discussions of relationships, direct address to the camera, scenery, sex, and smooching should make a beeline to the Victoria this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
People who like Italian spaghetti westerns should stick around for Carlos Gallardo's Single Action, at the same venue at 11:15 p.m., a well-made shoot'em-up about a Mexican government agent who, in the guise of a drifter, infiltrates a gang of criminals. The baby-faced Gallardo miscasts himself as the coffee-swilling Eastwood clone, although he does wear a Man-With-No-Name hat with some panache. The women are beautiful and the men die well. The film's political pretensions are puzzling, however -- the plot revolves around a true historical event, the 1994 assassination of Mexico's leading presidential candidate. One's pleasure in this well-directed pulp is somewhat diluted by the film's eventual resolution in an Oliver Stone-style cover-up. It's as though JFK were remade as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
-- Gregg Rickman
For more information on ACine Latino! films and show times, see Reps Etc. (below) under the Castro, Center for the Arts, and the Victoria Theater.