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‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ has visual pop, but a worn storyline

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 100 min.

It’s only been three years since the LEGO toy line hit the big screen, but in no time at all it has become a major franchise. The latest feature based around the blocky characters is based on the TV series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. As one might have guessed, it finds its inspiration from martial arts movies (with a few nods to giant monster flicks).  The LEGO Ninjago Movie also follows in the same style as previous entries. It feels a bit familiar and doesn’t always hit the mark, but it will certainly entertain children and offer a chuckle here and there for adults.

After a live-action prologue, the bulk of the story...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 22, 2017

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Well, it looks like there are some big new releases arriving shortly on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, we’ve got the highlights for you right here. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


The Bad Batch - This dystopian drama arrives from the director of the arthouse sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. In this feature, a young woman finds herself deported from the US and dropped off in a desert, where she must fend off cannibals. During her travels, she takes in a child and begins a strange, chemically-induced relationship with the kid’s father. Reviews were very mixed on this effort, with a...

Gallup Film Festival: A premier summer, three-day festive event

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With films from local filmmakers to around the world

The Gallup Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is set for Sept. 14 - 16, with film submissions from 19 U.S. States, and nine foreign countries in 19 film categories.

Tickets can be purchased in blocks, a minimum of five films for the cost of $5 per block. Each block is about 2 ½ hours.

Special guest appearance this year are the cast from Light Dancing Production’s The Watchman’s Canoe, a feature length film of kids, coming of age, adventure, drama, and comedy produced by writer and director Barri Chase.

The showcase of The Watchman’s Canoe at the GFF is the world premier and special screening before being released to...

Gallup Film Festival highlights language preservation with film on Zuni

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Featured this Friday at 7:30 pm is “Now, Then, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon,” one of 50 submissions at the Gallup Film Festival.

The film is a sojourn of the Zuni people and their ancestral connection to the Grand Canyon.

“La Sap Da Ya Kya, La’ Gi, E Sha Małdeh A:shiwi Lak Chimikyanakyadaya:ah” is the title in the Zuni language.

The Grand Canyon is the place of emergence for the Zuni people, and continues to serve as a spiritual sojourn for the A:shiwi (the Zuni people) to leave offerings and gather materials for traditional practices.

In 1919, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park says film narrator, Octavius Seowtewa, “and put a stop to the...

In theaters now … ‘Mother!’ A bizarre, disturbing and oddly fascinating allegory

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 121 minutes

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. The new and extremely eccentric drama from director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) is his strangest work yet. Mother! most definitely is not a crowd-pleaser and will ultimately polarize viewers. Heck, the film earned some extreme reactions even at a local press-only screening. However, there is a lot going on under the surface of the film and it ultimately sticks in the brain long after the credits roll. On that level alone, it’s an interesting and intriguing experiment.

Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) is the title character, who is never given a specific name. She lives...

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