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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ mixes melodrama and brutality

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 139 min.

It’s been umm, awhile since we’ve seen a high-profile Mel Gibson picture. His latest marks the first time the star has returned behind the camera as director in 10 years (his last stint was on the impressively gonzo Mayan tribe movie, Apocalypto).

Hacksaw Ridge is a true story that seems like a perfect fit with previous titles in the moviemaker’s catalog. It’s an epic tale of a man of conscience, who must defend his devout personal beliefs by enduring both physical and psychological torment.

And, yes, some of that torment is depicted in incredibly graphic fashion. So much so that it will undoubtedly turn off many viewers...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 4, 2016

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Welcome back to the latest summary of new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve got a good mix of some big movies and independent fare. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Anthopoid - Based on a true story, this WWII drama depicts a group of resistance fighters in Czechoslovakia who plot to assassinate Hitler’s third in command. The fighters struggle to pull off their elaborate plan and must come to terms with the high likelihood of their demise. More critics appreciated the movie than disliked it. Some called it a grim slog and scoffed at a romantic subplot, but the majority...

Holt Hamilton offers free films in November

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Gesture recognizes Native American Heritage Month

In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, and in advance of its next feature-length film, the Mesa, Ariz.-based Holt Hamilton Films is offering free film screenings.

The announcement was made Oct. 25 by Travis Holt Hamilton – the writer and director of several Native American-themed films that have been produced over the years around Gallup and parts of the Navajo Nation.

“Our goal is to release one movie per week to allow people who haven’t seen our films to enjoy them and share them with others,” Hamilton said. “In the spirit of the season, we want to show our fans how thankful we are to them by offering them...

‘Inferno’ flames out very quickly

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Oct. 28, 2016

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It’s another busy week with all kinds of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. You’ll find all of the highlights below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Captain Fantastic - A single dad decides to raise his six kids in the wilderness, but finds his grand plan falling apart when tragedy strikes and they are forced to reenter society. Reviews were quite good for this quirky independent drama/comedy, starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and Steve Zahn.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - This one has already come out on DVD, but this week fans...

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