Should American film directors avoid stories about violent Mexican criminals?

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Gina Rodriguez poses at the premiere for "Miss Bala" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 30, 2019. Photo credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Our critics review the comedic thriller “Piercing,” in which a husband and father sets out to commit the perfect murder; “Miss Bala,” starring Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame, in which her character gets kidnapped in Mexico by a drug cartel; and “Velvet Buzzsaw,” which satirizes the LA art scene.


Witney Seibold - contributor to IGN and co-host of the podcast Critically Acclaimed - @witneyseibold, Alicia Malone - host of Turner Classic Movies and Magnificent Obsession - @aliciamalone

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer