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The Gift: A Creepy Mood Piece

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Rating: ««« out of 4

Running Time: 108 min.

While horror flicks and thriller pics from Blumhouse Productions often follow  supernatural tales along the lines of Insidious, Ouija and The Gallows, it appears that every now and then, the company does attempt some variations on their low-budget genre formula. The Gift...

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Is Warm and Woolly

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Rating: ««« 1/2 out of 4

Running Time: 85 minutes

Shaun the Sheep made his first appearance in the Walla ce & Gromit short A Close Shave, but in the years since the young buck has become the star of a very popular children’s “claymation” series. By now, tykes may be more familiar with the animal than the characters who introduced him. The 10 minute segment format of the television show might make one wonder whether the sheep can carry a feature. While it is certainly aimed at a younger audience, Shaun the Sheep Movie should entrance all members of the family - it makes for a pretty darn warm and woolly big screen debut.

The story is simple enough. Bored by the repetition of...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 7, 2015

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It’s time for another column featuring the highlights among new Blu-ray and DVD releases. Looks like it’s a very busy week with plenty to choose from. As always, be sure to click on any links to read detailed reviews. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Any Day - A boxer gets into an argument at a party and beats a man to death in this brooding drama. After being released from prison, he attempts to rebuild his life and meets a potential partner. However, even greater struggles arise for the lead after another personal crisis. The press didn’t care for this effort. They suggested that it...

Keeping Tradition Alive: Gourd Dance & Contest Pow Wow

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The 94th Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is sure to please everyone this year, with events such as the: Queen Luncheon, Amphitheater Performances, INFR Tour Rodeo Performances, Parades, Native Film Series, and the Gourd Dance & Contest Pow Wow.

Kicking off Aug. 5, the Ceremonial draws people from all over the world and this year is no exception. A big highlight of the Ceremonial is the Gourd Dance & Contest Pow Wow. This year’s pow wow is set for August 7 - 8, in the Red Rock West Arena, at Red Rock state park.

Mike Salabiye, coordinator, for this year’s event, says, “We hope to beat last year’s attendance of 300 dancers to over 400 dancers.”

Salabiye, who is no...

37 Years of Tradition: Ceremonial Queen Contest Seeks Contestants

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Each year, as the Ceremonial time rolls around, young ladies apply to be the next Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. This year is the first year for organizer Virginia Ballenger.

The first queen was crowned in 1978, and that was Teri Frazier.

While the contest is open to all unmarried young women ages 18 to 25, with no children and at least half Indian heritage, according to Ballenger, the contest only has two candidates at this time. Ballenger hopes that there will be at least five competing by the time the Ceremonial begins.

“I’ve got several phone calls from potential young women who are still trying,” Ballenger said.

The crowning will be held on Aug. 8 at 7:30 pm...

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