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‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ takes viewers on a wild ride

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 137 min.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens with an absolutely phenomenal montage. It depicts human progress into space over the passing of centuries, eventually leading to the creation of an orbiting space station featured prominently in the film. This gorgeous, quirky...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 21, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. There is plenty to choose from, with some major studio films as well as a couple of interesting independent features. As always, click on any links you see to read more about them. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


Buster’s Mal Heart - This unique independent thriller involves a strange, bearded man in a small mountain community who survives by breaking in and moving from vacation home to vacation home. He’s also a regular caller on a talk radio station and ends up telling his life story about how his life fell apart...

Quilts of Valor: Local vets honored for their service

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“To cover veterans  with comfort and healing,” was the comforting words for this year’s presentation of Quilts of Valor for local veterans June 30, at the UNM-G North Adult Education Center.

The handmade quilts were made by the lady volunteers of the “Loyal Order of the Quilt.” Mayor Jackie McKinney proclaimed the last day of June as Proclamation of Quilts of Valor Day and gave a moving speech to honor these veterans.

The presentation of the quilts is an annual event where veterans are nominated by the public for their service to this country. This was the fifth year of this event and the following veterans were given special recognition and a quilt from the...

Snapshots of ‘Wild Thing’ 2017

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24th Annual ‘Wild Thing’ 2017 qualifying rides!

July 7 - 8, Red Rock Arena

Pistol Preece 94 - $8,010

Ryan McConnell 91 - $5,704

Tustin Daye 91 - $5,704

Cody Jesus 89 - $2,913

Dakota Nye 82 - $1,943

Photos by Hawk Segura

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ delivers a fitting finale

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 140 min.

I’ll admit that I can be somewhat dismissive of remakes and reboots from time to time. More often than not, they don’t hold up nearly as well as the films they are attempting to emulate. There are, however, exceptions, like the redo of the Planet of the Apes series. Unlike most summer flicks, these films provide thrills as well as plenty of deeper themes and ideas to digest. War for the Planet of the Apes is no different and finishes this series on a strong note.

Set some time after the events of the previous film, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes have found themselves battling human military forces and suffering great losses. None...

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