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‘Uncharted’ – a lesser clone of ‘Indiana Jones,’ but still fun

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Running Time: 128 minutes

This film from Sony Pictures opens exclusively in cinemas on Feb. 18.

These days, it seems like Hollywood is almost exclusively in the business of creating franchises. At least, that is the feeling of this reviewer after seeing a Marvel or DC logo pop up at the...

‘Death on the Nile’ brings a fresh take to a Christie classic

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Running Time: 127 minutes

This film opens exclusively in movie theaters on Feb. 11.

When it comes to murder/mysteries, no one can top Agatha Christie. The late author’s written works revolving around private detective Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are so iconic and beloved that they have been adapted to film and television on multiple occasions.

“Death on the Nile” serves as one of the most famous books in the author’s resume. So, what can one do to differentiate and add a few twists to the story?

If you are director/star Kenneth Branagh, the answer is changing the histories of a few suspects and adding an elaborate backstory about the lead...

The 2022 Santa Fe Film Festival offers viewers a wide variety of independent films

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“Delicate State” will be screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Feb. 12. “Shoveling Pixie Dust: A Memoir” is playing on Feb. 13 with the filmmaker in attendance. Online all-screening passes are also available through the official festival website for those who cannot attend the event in person.

Attending film festivals is a great way to check out exciting independent features, as well as up-and-coming talent. This year, the Santa Fe Film Festival has a full slate of more than 150 movies for enthusiasts to take in. While it is impossible to see everything available for viewing at these events, there are always new discoveries to be made. This reviewer was sent two...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Feb. 4, 2022

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is another great week, with some high-profile titles and some interesting smaller films arriving. So, if you can’t, or shouldn’t be heading out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


AILEY: This documentary explores the life of Alvin Ailey, an American dancer, director, choreographer and activist who founded his own performance company. He also created a school famed for nurturing black artists that detailed African-American experiences. Using archival footage and interviews with those who knew the man, the movie attempts to give a detailed...

‘The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild’ needs more excitement

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81 minutes

This feature film begins streaming on Disney+ Jan. 28.

It has been 20 years since the animated film “Ice Age” first appeared at movie theaters. The movie’s depiction of a prehistoric world impressed with its eccentric characters and a few striking snowy vistas. Box office success followed and it even received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Alas, as time passed, several sequels have been produced, each a little less effective than its predecessor.

“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” marks the sixth film in the overextended franchise and delivers even fewer laughs and thrills than its...

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