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Stories with person: John Malkovich
  • Chavez biopic shown to 1,000 Calif. farm workers 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 4:55 pm
  • DELANO, California - In California's fertile Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun - not your typical crowd for a Hollywood movie premiere.

  • Review: 'Chavez' gives leader routine treatment 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:36 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Diego Luna's heartfelt biographical drama, "Cesar Chavez," chronicles the five-year struggle of the United Farm Workers co-founder in the 1960s to get California grape growers to the negotiating table to hammer out fair wages and better conditions for exploited field laborers. It's a stirring story of a real-life fight for social justice, and clearly a passion project for the Mexican actor-turned-director. But while the film's old-fashioned virtues and the integrity of its subject matter give it some traction, pedestrian handling, a lumpy script and some significant miscasting mean it only occasionally summons the dramatic power to match the events it depicts.