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Help NM looking for long-sleeved shirt donations

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Aim: help protect farmworkers from heat, pesticides

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is partnering with Help New Mexico to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week by participating in its annual National Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive. AFOP, a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ impresses with gorgeous visuals

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 129 min.

Disney sure have found themselves a goldmine with their live-action remakes of animated features. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and last year’s The Jungle Book all raked piles of cash, so much so that it appears to have resulted in a studio plan to get more of these types of features out every year for the foreseeable future. The latest receiving the treatment is Beauty and the Beast, considered one of the very best modern animated efforts from the company.

For those unfamiliar with the fairy tale, the story follows young Belle (Emma Watson), the bookish but pretty daughter of the eccentric Maurice (Kevin Kline). When Maurice gets...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 17, 2017

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. As always, there’s plenty of choose from with all sorts of features in a wide variety of genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


American Violence - In this independent thriller, a world renowned psychologist decides to get at the root cause of violent behavior. As an expert, he’s asked to travel to a penitentiary and interview a death row inmate. When the lead learns more about the prisoner and the crime, he must decide whether or not to grant a stay of execution. This one hasn’t gotten...

Second Annual Battle of the Bands

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Scores of music lovers flocked to Gallup’s Second Annual Battle of the Bands Championship, held downtown at the El Morro Theatre March 3. The event was sponsored by The Door Gallup Christian Center, a local church, that wants to both showcase the talent of local bands and spread their message of faith.

After the bands played a winner was chosen, and Kool Country took first place.

Four bands competed to win the grand prize, which was a $500 shopping spree to Serenade Music of Gallup. Bands competing were: Kool Country, Steel Reserve, Bad Country, Students of the New School, and Rippy & and The Sillyettes.

Each band was given the opportunity to play two songs and wow the crowd...

‘Kong: Skull Island’ does its monsters proud, but ignores humans

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 120 min.

I have a confession to make. As a kid, I grew up watching old giant monster movies on TV weekend afternoons, featuring the likes of Godzilla and other fantastical creatures. As a result I still have a fondness for them. Looking back, most of those films weren’t particularly strong (and some are downright awful), but they were fun. Kong: Skull Island feels a bit like one of those old movies, only heightened with top-tier special effects. It’s certainly enjoyable to an extent. Yet after so many iterations, these movies still forget an essential element that can really elevate a story - the human characters.

This re-imagining is set...

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