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‘I Am Groot’ is a lighthearted 20 minute experience

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(5 animated shorts, roughly 4 minutes per shot)

This series of animated shorts is available to stream exclusively on Disney+.

As the summer winds down, August is typically seen as a month that doesn’t offer quite as many high-profile films. 2022 is an anomaly in...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 12, 2022

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving this week on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy edition with major releases as well as interesting independents that earned raves from critics. So, if you can’t go out to the movies or shouldn’t be out in public right now, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



CALENDAR GIRL: This documentary details the life of Ruth Finley. Apparently, she scheduled every single fashion event in New York City under the banner of “Fashion Calendar” for over 70 years, in part creating the entire industry.  In 2014 at the age of 95, she sold the business, marking the end of an era. The...

100 years of the Gallup Ceremonial

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Landmark celebration features virtual, in-person events

A global pandemic pushed the big celebration back one year, but the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, founded in 1921, will commemorate its 100th show from Aug. 4-14.

This year’s show carries a particularly special aura due to the centennial, which the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Board wants to convey through the events and the culture and history on display.

“We want to congratulate the State of New Mexico, City of Gallup, [Indigenous people] from all over the world, our local Native People, and everyone that has been a big part of this beautiful event for the last 100 years,” Ceremonial Board Member...

‘Bullet Train’ is an eccentric action-packed ride

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Running Time: 126 minutes

This feature from Sony Pictures is playing exclusively at theaters and IMAX screens on Friday, Aug. 5.

With the summer winding down, many studio offerings in August are lower profile movies or more eccentric fare. The action picture “Bullet Train” certainly falls under the latter category. It’s a violent, over-the-top action picture that depends on viewers overlooking the numerous coincidences it would take for all the events depicted to actually occur.

Perhaps it’s the cast, the stylish neon-tinged photography or the action scenes, but as this exaggerated feature rapidly hurtled forward, this reviewer found himself...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 5, 2022

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a quieter edition with fewer discs, but there still are a few features coming your way that may be of interest. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or shouldn’t be out in public, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



499: Made to coincide with the Spanish conquest of Mexico 500 years ago, this unique picture mixes documentary and dramatic elements. This major period in history is told from the point-of-view of the ghost of conquistador Hernán Cortés, who recounts his journey into the Aztec Empire and his colonization efforts. The...

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