Friday, May 23, 2014

Dem Guv Poll Coming Over Weekend Could Help Shape Race, Plus: We're Off To The Movies For the Unofficial Start Of Summer '14 

The political news will be light as it takes a backseat to the long holiday weekend, But there will be one major story over the stretch. The ABQ Journal is expected to release its one and only poll of the 2014 race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday.

Because the Dem Guv chase has been so muddled, the poll will be closely watched, It has the potential to influence where the many undecided voters will end up. It could even influence other voters to abandon their favorite and go with a contender the poll says has more of a chance of winning. . .

We join you this Memorial Day weekend in thanking and remembering all those past and present who gave their lives in service to the USA.. . .Now we turn it over to reader and movie buff Eric Lucero as we mark the unofficial start of the summer season.


Movie goers have a good and varied menu to choose from this summer. For this weekend there are both great “holdovers” and “fresh” fare.

First out of the gate is "Xmen: Days of Future Past." Yes, it is a sequel, but as the third and final in the series, it closes out the story arcs. Xmen fans will not be disappointed with a powerful blend of action and pathos (3.5 out of 5 stars).

Speaking of blending, our next entry is also a sequel of sorts. "Blended" is  a follow up from 2004’s "50 First Dates" with Adam Sander and Drew Barrymore. This attempted “cash in” doesn’t work the second time around. Sorry (2 out of 5 stars).

To close out the new openings we have a serious awards contender--"Belle." This sumptuously filmed 18th century historical/romance drama has contemporary social and political parallels. Belle looks critically at aristocratic social values of the time and is loaded with fine performances that command your attention. A cinematic rental companion to Belle is the 2006 bio on abolitionist William Wilberforce, "Amazing Grace." Both true stories rates 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I’ll close with a comment on last week’s huge hit, Godzilla, 2014 (3.5 out of 5 stars). This tribute to Japan’s original Toho Studio 1954 production was made with the full cooperation and support of the US Defense Department. In order to satisfy specific plot points reference to NM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the US’s only permanent nuclear waste storage facility, was omitted.  Instead, the film uses the controversial Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada.

Question: If the US Senate changes hands this year and Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is replaced, will the currently shuttered WIPP site be permanently closed and Yucca Mountain“green lighted” for licensing?

Thanks, Eric. Here's a link to the films mentioned and their ABQ area show times.

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