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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!


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...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 10th, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at all the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s incredible variety in this week’s releases, with interesting films featured from all around the globe. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


Bad Kids of Crestview Academy - Only in the movies can you end up spending a Saturday in detention. Taking its cue from The Breakfast Club, this comic thriller is about a group of kids who find themselves at school, locked up and being picked off one by one by another student who blames them for a sibling’s death. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel...

Nez visits with students at the Navajo Nation Science Fair

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CHURCH ROCK, N.M. – Vice President Jonathan Nez visited with students at the 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair Feb. 28, to encourage them to continue to achieve a brighter future for themselves and the Navajo Nation.

In a speech to the students, Nez said, “You can do whatever you want in life. Set a goal and reach it. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Remember these words of encouragement as you start accomplishing things for yourself, families, community and our Navajo people.”

Nez was greatly impacted by the science fair project by a student from the Eva B. Stokely Elementary School. The student submitted a science fair project titled, “Is bottled water...

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