‘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 […]

Dog movies tug at my heartstrings

I cry when dogs die in movies and I’m man enough to admit it. Take out a brigade of enemy soldiers or let the Calvary take out 500 Indians and my upper lip remains stiff. Give me a scene where Fido ends up taking a dirt nap and I turn to jelly. So Netflix has […]

Movies in 3D not worth upcharge

Kevin Wilson I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a […]

Psychological thrillers scarier than slashers

The best really scary movies I have ever seen were filmed in black and white, either by design or because they were made before the popularization of color techniques. Lest I be mistaken for a Cretan, I want to make it clear I am not talking about “The Blair Witch Project.” The other night, when […]

Portales past: Feb. 20, 1959

Feb. 20, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: Movies currently showing at Tower Theater: “Bend of the River” starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy and Rock Hudson. Also showing was “World in His Arms” with Gregory Peck and Ann Blyth. Both movies were in Technicolor.

Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

God has given us a brand new year

There seems to be a universal desensitizing to sin. Year after year, it seems just a little more. A constant portrayal of sin on TV and movies leave the impression that sin is the norm! As for us, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11 […]

Cowboy wife’s ‘happily ever after’ not as romantic as in movies

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist The cowboy rides up horseback, leading a good-looking sorrel mare that’s his gift to you, and the two of you ride off into the sunset and live “happily ever after.” That’s the way it happens in the movies and the romantic novels. Excuse me. Here is a typical morning […]

Family collects, sends DVDs to airmen overseas

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby owns Landall’s Box Office in Portales and his mother Peggy runs it for him. He lives in Los Angeles and works as an actor. The family began sending VHS […]

This Lester moment comes cheap

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite movies is “American Beauty.” Not for the acting, or gratuitous shots of Mena Suvari. It’s all about the Lester Burnham moment. There are plenty of times where Kevin Spacey’s mid-life crisis character gets the victory. But none resonate more than midway through the film, when his […]

It’s their job: Victoria Payen

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Name: Victoria Payen Job: Customer service associate at the Movie Gallery Background: Payen was raised in the Portales area, where she attended a private school. She is currently a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, studying digital cinema arts. Time on job: One year What does your job entail? I check in movies and suggest […]

11-20-07 It’s their job

Name: Michelle Goodwin Job: General manager, Tower Twin Theater Time on the job: Since June 2005 Background: Before starting work at the theater, Goodwin worked at Garvey Processing as a data clerk and scale house operator. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. Operate the movies, sell tickets, sell concessions, set up special movies for […]

It’s their job:Rebbecca Gossett

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rebbecca Gossett Job: Movie clerk at Landall’s Box Office Time on the Job: Six months Background: Gossett is a senior at Eastern New Mexico University studying Family and Consumer Sciences. She also works in the ENMU Computer Lab. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Checking out movies, […]

Kos criticism proving costly for Fox

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Harry situation

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By Tony Gutierrez and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Local bookstores threw parties Friday night to mark the launch of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter book series, with many residents anxiously awaiting its release. Managers of Hastings in Clovis and Barnes and Noble in Portales invited local fans to wait with […]

Movie theaters bring out worst in people

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

American movie icon always cast as hero

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Heroes, manufactured or real, we don’t have enough good ones these days. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of America’s greatest hero — John Wayne. My earliest memories of the Duke come from Portales’ old Varsity Drive-In west of the city. My family never missed a John Wayne […]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, […]

Tinseltown needs new movie genre

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 house […]

Local fighter inspired by Rocky

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Andrew Tapia was just 7 years old when the last Rocky movie hit theaters, but like many fighters, the story of the million-to-one shot helped inspire Tapia into the gym. Tapia, 23, a cousin of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, trains under the tutelage of 83-year old Chuck Haas […]