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There’s no place like Homecoming for Miyamura Patriots

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‘Victoria and Abdul’ suffers from deep flaws

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 112 Min.

Period costume films. Do you like them?

You probably do if you took anytime to read this. They are an exceptionally bizarre genre to write critique for because it’s hard to sway an audience. You either watch these sorts of films or you don’t.

You either get a tingle of excitement when you hear the news that Dame Judi Dench is portraying Queen Victoria or you don’t.

Fans of these films stay true and those outside of their influence stay away. So, regardless of your position, you are extremely biased and this write up will to very little to influence your decision to see this movie.

But I will not let that get me down. I know...

‘Friend Request’ – an exercise in relying solely on the jump scare

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Rating:  out of ««««

Running Time: 92 min.

There was a bump, an unknown noise in the night.

The victim goes to take a look. The victim makes sure to leave the lights off because, you know, because it’s more effective that way. There’s a shuffling, a buzzing noise and then the reveal! The flash of a monster coupled with the loudest crescendo of a noise possible that sends a jolt through the body. It’s a good ol’ fashion Jump Scare!!! And if you repeat this scenario about nine times, you have the new excuse for a horror film, Friend Request. It’s lazy, folks. The process and the film. Lazy.

The film is directed by Simon Verhoeven, a man who probably doesn’t believe...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 29, 2017

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Welcome back once again for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD.  Once again, it’s a sizable mix of big Hollywood flicks and smaller, indie fare. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


2:22 - An air traffic controller experiences a blinding flash of light and brief paralysis at work. Taking a leave to recover, he begins to suffer from the same effects every day at the exact same time. Naturally, the protagonist attempts to figure out what this ominous sensation means. The press were not overwhelmed by this independent thriller and generally didn’t respond to it. They...

‘Mud’ film now enters post-production

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The film crew for “Mud” (Hashtł’ishnii) wrapped up their three-day production Sept. 11.

The film crew shot their production in three separate locations in Gallup.  Other scenes were in Lupton, Arizona and in Black Hat, N.M., at a convenience store.

A challenging scene was filmed in a Chevy pickup truck while in motion on U.S. Route 491 and State Highway 264.

“Filming in Gallup and on the Navajo Nation was a great experience for us,” said Shaandiin Tome, writer and director of Mud. “We had the best team I have ever worked with on a production.”

Members of the film crew are from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Los Angeles, Calif.  Other members are from Taos, Santa Fé...

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