Star Wars best when watched in moderation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Black Friday was great for me. I’d been waiting for just this day to save a little bit of money on three particular DVDs that together comprise what I’ve always known as “The Trilogy.” I’ve never been an obsessed Star Wars fan, but I’m a big enough fan to feel […]

Movie theaters not ideal situation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m an economist and an idealist when it comes to explaining why I love movies but hate going to theaters. For most movies, I reason, it’s more convenient to wait a few months and pay $20 to own the DVD and watch it at home any time than pay $15 […]

Locals have their own take on Oscar

By Jean Verlich Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area movie buffs, some […]

Video stores, movies offer relief from holiday rush

By Helena Rodriguez Once Santa has made his deliveries, the chestnuts have been roasted on an open fire and the yuletide carols have been sung, that usually means it’s movie time. As people begin settling down from the holiday rush and realize they have time on their hands, many families will flock to the video […]

Senator views Yam Theater

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman took a first-hand look at the Yam Movie Palace on Thursday morning, a theater which has federal dollars invested in it. Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped secure $200,000 in federal funds for renovation of the Yam Movie Palace through a spending bill signed into law Wednesday by President […]

Value the present before it’s nostalgia

By Jim Lee: PNT Columnist I haven’t gone to the movies for the better part of 10 years. They cost too much. The screens are too small. The magic has faded. So I just rent something for home. But going to see a movie is supposed to be an event, not just a film on […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]

Theaters get renovations

By David Irvin By David Irvin Freedom Newspapers David_Irvin@link.freedom.com An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by heavy rain this fall is nearing completion. Russell Allen, general manager of Allen Theaters, said the projected opening date for the new-look complex that will feature three […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]

Nkoshe Seales Personalties Plus

Your name: Nkoshe Seals Your job: Store manager at Movie Gallery Your age (and birth date): 30 years old, Oct. 31, 1974 Your hometown: Portales Your family: Husband Doug, 32; son Andrew,12; daughter Kierra, 9. Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: “I collect Coca-Cola memorabilia (hobby), and I’m a room mom […]