Published on October 8th, 2015 | by Dan Gvozden



Here’s a movie that’ll never play in Trump Tower. Endgame is an underdog family film about Jose, a young Latino chess player from one of this nation’s most economically disadvantaged cities. Seasoned viewers will likely find the narrative formula familiar and tedious, but Endgame‘s stylized portrait of southern Texas at least offers some unique and timely updates. Not only does Jose lose his best friend to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but it seems Jose’s only shot at a college education is contingent on his tabletop acumen. The consequences of failure stare him right in the face; Jose’s teacher and competitive chess coach, a caring man prone to breaking into inspiring speeches, resorts to selling pickles to survive and support the team.

You can read the full review where it was originally published, in The Village Voice.

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Do you remember that dorky kid from elementary school who loved movies and comic books? Dan's him, but an adult... well in most senses of the word. All that matters is that he's an aficionado of all things pop culture and wants to share his interests with the world.

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