‘Lorax’ worth watching

T his column is definitely not a movie review column. The editors rightly expect me to be more creative than simply reviewing events, and anyway, most of the movies in my life have to be suitable for a 7 year old. Add to that the fact that, when I run into regular readers, which is […]

Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Talent in Texico and Beatlemania sweeps America

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Movie for teens The teen program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Portales Public Library is the movie “Real Steel.” The movie and the popcorn are free. Talent show The Texico “In The Clear” talent show is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Texico High School, […]

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Residents list off favorite Christmas movie characters

Benna Sayyed and Robin Coffey Ashley Downs, 21, a Realtor with Prudential Master Properties “Charlie Brown in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is my favorite Christmas movie character. I have compassion for him because he is always the underdog. The movie is wholesome and he kind of gives a little morals. I like how he always […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

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I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Monday morning briefing: A book, some popcorn and a stunning announcement

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Book and a movie Two events at the Portales Public Library Tuesday: • at 10:30 a.m. it’s Books and Babies featuring “Ticklish Fingers and Toes.” • Then, at 4:30 p.m., the Tween Programming movie is “Beethoven.” Free popcorn, too. Republican women City commissioner and […]

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video games, sunshine and the first hit movie

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week The perfect video game to kick off the new year, recommended by our own Jenna Zamie. Game: Back to the Future: The Game — Episode 1 Genre: Action adventure System: PC, PS3, Mac What is it? Cult time travel […]

City seeking movie theater

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Argen Duncan A movie theater in Portales again — that’s a new priority for Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation. Portales has been without a movie theater since Tower Twin Theatre closed in June 2009 because the air conditioning system stopped working and the replacement cost was about half of the building’s value. The City of […]

Portales past: Dec. 28, 1942

Dec. 28, 1942: The Portales Daily News: The movie showing at the Yam Theater was “Private Buckaroo” with Dick Toran and Mary Wickes, and music by Harry James and the Merrymakers, as well as the Andrew Sisters. “A parable of fun and JIVE…”

My turn: Forget being practical

I went to see the new Harry Potter movie last weekend and for those of you Portales residents who haven’t gone yet, what are you waiting for? I mean, it’s Harry Potter! Okay, so the 9-year-old in me never completely faded away. Like many others, I am a Harry Potter groupie and devotedly go to […]

‘Secretariat’ shows strength of women

Glenda Price I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red […]

My Turn: Favorite book being made into movie

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I’m totally ecstatic. One of my all-time favorite books, “Bless Me Ultima,” is being made into a movie, a challenging project which will be hard to please devoted Rudolfo Anaya fans such as myself, and also critics. Anaya has plenty of both. Anaya’s book has been hailed by critics, including […]

‘Cosby Show’ safe 80s movie remake

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Some thoughts I had while wondering if Jeff Daniels could ever land Maggie Gyllenhaal without a movie script involved: • If you draw a paycheck from an NBA team, you shouldn’t be on a panel voting for NBA awards. Why this doesn’t occur to the NBA, I don’t know. […]

ENMU students filiming ‘Star Wars’ based movie

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University students Rick Bardwell and Victor Smith are digital cinema arts majors who have a dream of making a “Star Wars” movie. They are in the process of casting for major and minor parts in the movie they plan to start filming in the summer. “One […]

Rabbits have good thing going

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist That new movie “Alice in Wonderland” has been showing at theaters here on the High Plains. I overheard someone talking about it the other day, talking about Alice’s adventures “down the rabbit hole.” I’d like to trudge on down the rabbit hole we have out back of The Stucco Hacienda. […]

It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

Locals make their Oscar picks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local movie fans are conceding “Avatar” is going to do well in Sunday’s Academy Awards. But they wouldn’t be surprised — and some would be hopeful — to see Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” take Best Picture. The two films are part of a 10-picture field up for this […]

Animated films more interesting

By Karl Terry: Local columnist In the days of the double-feature movie, I was a big fan of the cartoons in between. Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn were what I measured good comedy against. After I grew up, I discovered the Looney Tunes gang still had a lot to offer for adults in […]