5. Mia XitlaliThe rising teenage star of acclaimed, award-winning short film Selling Rosario will see the release of her debut feature Max in cinemas this month. Xitlalis performance in Selling Rosario has been widely acclaimed as astonishingly mature not surprising, given that she can be considered a veteran of the stage at the tender age of fifteen. Xitlali caught the acting bug at seven years old, appearing in a production of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl when she was eight. She impressed the directors so much that they offered her the role of Nagana before shed even left the building. Impressive is the word for Xitlali articulate, witty and smart, she looks like a teenaged Penelope Cruz, and seems to have the outlook and perspective of someone twice her age. Publicity for Max complete, shes returned to the stage with Little Red, a musical adaptation of the Little Red Riding Hood story running throughout July in LA for a family chicana audience. Max, however, could well be a dark horse in any list of this years family oriented movies: a darker twist on movies like Marley & Me or Turner & Hooch, with a narrative that plays out suspiciously like Ghost, it should be a starmaking turn for the precocious Xitlali.