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‘The Rental’ is a well-acted if overly-familiar genre pic

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Running Time: 88 minutes

This title from IFC Films will be available for streaming on most platforms July 24.

If you and some friends are thinking about booking a nice vacation property for the weekend, the new film The Rental might make you think twice about the idea. Most assuredly not...

‘The Rental’ is a well-acted if overly-familiar genre pic

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 88 minutes

This title from IFC Films will be available for streaming on most platforms July 24.

If you and some friends are thinking about booking a nice vacation property for the weekend, the new film The Rental might make you think twice about the idea. Most assuredly not sponsored by Airbnb, the feature attempts a modest twist on the tried formula of taking a group of individuals, putting them in a remote location and allowing them to be picked off by a psycho. It’s very well performed and has some tense moments, although the entire concept does feel overly familiar and could have used an extra surprise or two to help it stand apart...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for July 24, 2020

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It’s time for the latest look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are all kinds of interesting flicks, both new and old, coming your way on disc. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

ATTRACTION 2: INVASION: In case you happen to be wondering if there actually ever was a movie called Attraction, it was released back in 2017. The film was a Russian production about a crashed alien spaceship in Moscow and it explored how the citizens react to these new extraterrestrial arrivals. This sequel is set three years later and picks up with the arrival of another otherworldly craft. The protagonist from the...

Art flourishing in the form of leather

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Artist Coye Balok creating art out of a pastime

Gallup is a haven for artists of different genres and these artists possess talents that capture one’s eye. Such is the case with artist Coye Balok, whose talent is taking leather and turning it into beautiful works, calling his artwork Kestrel Leather.

The 45-year-old Gallupian takes pieces of leather and sews them together to make purses, wallets, and other items. It’s a part-time hobby that sometimes stretches into a full-time occupation. His journey began in August of 2018, when friend, Tressa Weidenarr, showed him pictures of items that others made with pieces of leather. Balok wanted to try his hand at it.

“My friend...

‘The Old Guard’ is a little musty

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Running Time: 125 minutes

The following feature is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

There can be only one … actually, four … make that five … or perhaps six. Those who recognize the first part of the previous sentence will know it from Highlander, a cult action/fantasy film from 1986 about immortal warriors. Based on a graphic novel, The Old Guard borrows the very same concept, adds more characters and attempts to modernize the story. There are a few good ideas hidden in the bulk of it, but this take doesn’t make the most of its dramatic potential.

The end result comes across more like a Highlander sequel than a new and exciting...

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