Four rebellious Mexican teens, fed up with the economic situation of their families, decide to rob the holiest of holy institutions: the multiplex. With The Cinema Hold Up, co-writer and director Iria Gomez Concheiro has come up with a conceit so rich with possibilities, it almost sells itself. What the title and description don’t tell you, though, is that in the two hour movie, about 15 minutes are the actual “Cinema Hold Up.” The rest of the film is a stream of consciousness, slice of life look at the modern youth culture in ways that have been well-covered in modern cinema: skateboarding, marijuana, graffiti, freestyle rap, sex, etc. The Cinema Hold-Up adds nothing new to the teen rebellion discussion and though Concheiro has an extremely confident command of the camera and her actors, the journey to the goal is sorely lacking. Read More »