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Local artist’s sculpture of Christ finds home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Ever since childhood, Gallup native Lou Sandoval knew that God had a purpose for him.

Flash forward to Sandoval as an adult who has just walked out of “The Passion of the Christ,” a movie about the last 12 hours of Jesus’s life, his crucifixion, and his resurrection. Twenty-four hours later, an idea lights up his...

‘The Bad Guys’ con viewers out of their precious time

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Running Time: 100 minutes

This feature from DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures opens in cinemas on April 22.

While Pixar and Disney are well known as trailblazers when it comes to animated family fare, many forget that DreamWorks have made their fair share of memorable features.

In fact, their productions have included the likes of the “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Boss Baby,” and “Trolls,” movie franchises, not to mention the very underrated “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”. The company’s latest feature is “The Bad Guys” that is based on the bestselling book series by Aaron Blabey.

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Jo Nell Becenti named Camille’s Sidewalk Café ‘Teacher of the Month’

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Each month, Camille’s Sidewalk Café recognizes one local teacher within the Gallup area for his or her determination to help students go above and beyond. Prospective teachers are nominated by students who feel they deserve to be recognized.

This month, Jo Nell Becenti, who has worked for the Gallup-McKinley County Schools district for 25 years, is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month.

Becenti has spent her entire teaching career at GMCS, first at Gallup Middle School and then at Chief Manuelito Middle School. She’s taught social studies for the past 25 years, but now the 2021-2022 school year will be her final year before she retires.

When asked what she would be doing...

‘Father Stu’ wears out its welcome

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Running Time: 124 minutes

This film from Sony Pictures is currently playing exclusively at movie theaters.

With the Easter holiday approaching, the new biopic “Father Stu” tells a very unusual story about a troubled boxer who ultimately became a Catholic priest, finding renewal and purpose in his life helping to serve others within his congregation.

The feature was funded in part by the star of the film and its message of redemption is well-intentioned. It boasts strong performances and is better than many other religious-themed titles. However, the film also sermonizes too bluntly and ultimately wears out its welcome.

When his boxing career stalls...

Lights, camera, action!

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Two GMCS students participate in New Mexico film festival

New Mexico students are getting a chance to show off what they can do behind a camera. Film Prize Jr. originally started in 2016 in Louisiana. The competition allows students ages 14-18 to turn in films between three to 10 minutes long.

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools has two students from Hiroshi Miyamura High School competing in Film Prize Jr.

Aloni Herrea’s, a 16-year-old sophomore, film is called “My Other Half.”

In an interview with the Sun, Herrea explained that the film is about a girl who has just entered her senior year of high school. She’s always been quieter than her peers and more reserved, and...

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