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New in Theaters: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Wednesday only

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy

Directed by: John Hughes

Written by: Jeremiah Chechik

Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 64%

Synopsis: This is the third in the “National Lampoon” series about the Griswold family. In this...

For the activists among us

Feel like standing up for a cause? Join the campaign to protect Wolf Creek Pass – or just catch a pretty cool movie that features extraordinary footage – Thursday during Fort Lewis College’s Winterfest.

“Jumbo Wild” is a film that details a fight against development in British Columbia’s Jumbo Valley. For more than 24...

New in theaters: Krampus

Playing at Durango Stadium 9

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Horror

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Written by: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty

Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: Not available

Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is...

New in theaters: Elf

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Wednesday only

Rating: PG

Genre: Kids & family, comedy, special interest

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Written by: David Berenbaum, Jon Favreau

Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 84%

Synopsis: Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell...

New in theaters: Man Up

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Comedy, romance

Directed by: Ben Palmer

Written by: Tess Morris

Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 81%

Synopsis: Nancy, is done with dating. So when Jack blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised...

Size matters

“I guess the first thing you’ve got to know is that I come from a bike racing background,” Jimmy Carabbia, owner and founder of Durango Guitar Works, is a compactly built man with a wry grin. “And racing in the pro class, there weren’t age limits, so I’d be looking around at the starting line and seeing guys of all ages...

New in theaters: Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

Playing at the Gaslight

Wednesday only

With subtitles

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Documentary

Directed by: Jafar Panahi

Written by: Jafar Panahi

Runtime: 1 hr. 22 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 95%

Synopsis: Acclaimed director Jafar Panahi drives a yellow cab through the...

Magi Nation puts a local, Durango spin on reggae

The level of reggae fandom is often void of a gray area. For some, it’s a genre listened to with an opinion of lethargic indifference. For others, it’s a lifestyle around the music, a whole-hog fanaticism involving not only the music but its culture.

Many casual reggae music fans own “Legend,” a best of Bob Marley that...

Maria’s staff pick: The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

A gripping story of mystique, skillfully decorated with the flowery writing of Victorian author Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray was not only an accomplishment for its time, but remains a literary vision even today. Through the story of Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward, Henry...

Get Smart about graphic novels

Want (or maybe need) some pictures to spice up your reading material? Let bookseller Jaime Cary of Maria’s Bookshop teach you about graphic novels. They’re a whole lot more than your nerdy friend’s comic books used to be.”

How did you discover graphic novels?

I had a great teacher in fourth grade who made us read...

Style Fetish: In praise of Carhartt gold

Let this first column be in praise of pants, specifically and adoringly, Carhartt or Dickies canvas work pants in that iconic hot mustard gold. This common color of the bottom halves of many Colorado men is evocative in the extreme, bringing to mind hard work, capability, beer and honey, toughness and integrity. That mellow...

Album review: Archie and the Bunkers, “Archie and the Bunkers”

Archie and the Bunkers, “Archie and the Bunkers”

Available now

Label: Dirty Water Records (UK)

Very, very rarely is one of my favorite albums of the year released as late as November. I mean, it happens ... just not all that often. Usually, I need some time to digest a new album, especially if it’s a band’s...

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