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Despite the two wins on Apr. 2 for Miyamura High School, Aaraya Jayde Sheridan didn’t seem too happy or too impressed at the Sports Complex.

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‘The Turquoise Trader: A Zia Yazzie Novel’ captures the sights, smells of Gallup

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“The Turquoise Trader” is a New Mexico based novel that takes place in Gallup.

The main character is Zia Yazzie, the illegitimate son of a Navajo woman, and Ben Monroe, a Navajo Jewelry trader. Zia is a college student with big dreams of helping the Navajo people after his graduation from UNM.

Those dreams are interrupted by Ben’s sudden appearance after a 21 year absence. Zia wishes Ben would return to his “real” white family, while Zia’s mother remains silent. Throughout the novel she appears as a background decoration, much like the Navajo Jewelry that Ben trades and sells. Ben insists that Zia work for him in his Gallup shop.

For inexplicable reasons, this must happen...

‘Everyone Wants Some!!’: Meanders, but has its moments

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Rating: ««« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 116 min.

Occasionally, there’s a downside to seeing so many movies. When one really makes an impression on you, it’s tough for any sort of follow-up to compete. Such is the case with Everybody Wants Some!!, a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993) and to some extent, Boyhood (2014). I’m a big fan of the earlier title, which captured the last day of school for a varied group of kids in a local high school. It depicts a day of celebration and consternation about the future and is pretty much one of the best coming-of-age movies you’re likely to see.

Truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with Everybody Wants Some!! It’s...

‘Hardcore Henry’ is all chaos, no character

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Rating: «« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 96 min.

A strange thing happened during the preview screening of the first-person action flick, Hardcore Harry. While some members of the audience hooted and hollered at the over-the-top events and violence appearing onscreen, many others were less than impressed. I counted at least 20 walkouts in the opening half-hour. It felt like there was constant movement of people in and out of the theater. That’s a huge number of people throwing up their hands in dismay. Clearly, this is going to be a polarizing cinematic experience.

For me, the reaction wasn’t as severe, but I certainly wasn’t cheering either. Yes, I thought that there were many...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 8th, 2016

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It’s time for another edition running down the highlights of releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Besides the arrival of one of the biggest box office hits of all time, there are plenty of smaller, quirkier efforts. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

Ava’s Possessions - A young woman who has recently been exorcised of a demonic spirit attempts to pick up the pieces of her life in this independent comedy/horror. She attends self-help group meetings, but soon begins to suspect that the evil force may want to return. Reviews were decent for this low-budget spoof, suggesting that while it wasn’t...

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