Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Under the Same Moon
Adrian Alonso hits the road in search of his mom in Under the Same Moon (Fox Searchlight)
Under the Same Moon/La Misma Luna is the kind of film I hate to review because it's a small, independent work that is earnest and sincere with an adorable child performance at the heart of its warm family tale. Yet it's also seriously flawed. But to criticize it just seems mean-spirited. Under the Same Moon (opening March 19 in limited release in San Diego) was the opening night feature for the San Diego Latino Film Festival earlier this month. It played to an embracing full house but surprisingly did not nab the Audience Award, which instead went to another heart-warming tale of parents and offspring, El Brindis from Chile.