(Photo by Everett Collection, Imaginal Disc and Labocine, and Touchstone Television)Four years ago, Rosa Parra wasn’t nearly as well-versed in film history as she is now. She’d just seen Wonder Woman, which sparked her interest in – now a love for – cinematic spectacles and women’s representation on- and off-screen. That was the launchpad for Parra’s film education and career in criticism – and her star just keeps rising.Parra’s passion is palpable. She’s driven not just by a love of visual storytelling, but by a desire to uplift Latinx stories. She started out writing movie reviews on a site she ran herself. In 2020, she co-founded the Latinx Lens podcast with her co-host Catherine Gonzales, where the two discuss history, icons, and recent releases. She’s also earning a bachelor’s in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University.And that’s all on top of her day job as a lab technician. (In addition to her love of movies, she’s a self-identified “science person.”)“Everything I do with writing and preparing for podcasting, I do it after work,” Parra told Rotten Tomatoes. She dedicates her work commute and weekends to learning about film, too – sometimes with her kids, who she lovingly calls her “movie buddies.”“Having to balance it all is not easy, but if you are determined and you plan out, literally to the last minute of the day that you re awake – like, I have five minutes to do this in the morning – it s doable.”Rosa Parra is the co-host and co-founder of the Latinx Lens podcast. Find Rosa on Twitter: @rosasreviews.Have you returned to theaters? What was the first film you saw? Yes, I did. The day they opened! I had to go in there and watch something that deserved to be watched on the big screen, so I went in and watched Tenet. Man, that was an incredible experience.Do you have a favorite snack while you re watching movies?Ooh. I would probably say nachos. I love nachos.Are you pro- or anti-note-taking when you re reviewing?I will if I m at home because I have the ability to pause the film and actually take notes, and try to analyze what I just watched. If I m in the theater, I probably won t, because I don t want to miss anything that I m seeing.Do you read other people s reviews before you write your own?No, I try to do my own thing before reading someone else s thoughts.What is your favorite release of 2021 so far?So far, my favorite movie of the year is Identifying Features. It s a Mexican film that follows a mother who is seeking the whereabouts of her son who decides to cross the border and come to the United States. But then she doesn’t hear from him, so she takes it upon herself to go in search of him. It’s a smaller independent film, but it s so moving, it s so touching, and it s so riveting that it’s haunted me since I watched it.And actually, not that long ago, I watched Pig… I was like, oh, it might become my favorite of the year. But just by a little bit – by thin a margin, like a hair – it didn t make it. It s my number two, but Identifying Features still holds my top spot.What makes a good movie?It s going to differ from people to people. Because at the end of the day, film is subjective. It s an art. What I think is good, other people might not. It is a subjective medium.To me, a good movie is one that leaves me thinking about it hours, days, after I ve seen it – a movie that s re-watchable… But also that makes me feel something, whether it s sadness or it takes me back to my childhood, any childhood memories, or just makes me cry, or just overwhelms me with any form of emotion. I think that s certainly my definition of a good movie.