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  • BRIGHTON — Every year, we at MetroWest Newspapers get a little assistance from the Post Office and the North Pole in getting to share some of the letters local students have been sending off to Santa Claus.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • The Colorado-centric documentary “Touch the Wall,” which premiered at November’s Starz Denver Film Festival and opened this past week at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, is a study in contrasts, if anything.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    “Horrible Bosses” worked for two reasons: First, the humor was mostly organic, born out of the main characters getting in too deep in something they had no business being involved in. Second, the incredible dynamic between the three leads formed an archetypal character playing off each of their strengths.

  • Nearly every man or woman has hit that all too familiar wall when holiday shopping for friends and family. While many people might be a cinch to shop for, there always seems to be one stickler on holiday shopping lists, and finding the right gift for that person can be an exercise in patience and perseverance.

  • High passenger volume during the holiday season is nothing new for Denver International Airport.

    Airport officials say the past few years have seen an average of 1 million passengers traveling through the airport during the holiday week.

  • With so much on our plates between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the holiday season can be hectic. Fortunately, there are many ways to save time and make the season more manageable.

  • Retailers will be inundating potential customers with circular ads this week proclaiming their deals with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond — but not all deals are created equally.

  • Small businesses around the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday.

    Held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

  • Businesses and restaurants in Brighton’s historic downtown will be participating in Small Business Saturday for the third year in a row. On Nov. 29, the downtown merchants will be holding a prize drawing for customers who shop at participating stores downtown through Dec. 20. 

  • The best holiday gifts are often those that encourage their recipients to pursue a passion or favorite hobby. 

    When gifting the family foodie, that one person who loves to cook or simply can’t get enough of his or her favorite cuisines, shoppers have a host of options at their disposal.

  • Many parents fondly recall their first holiday season as a mom and dad. While youngsters may not remember much about their first Thanksgiving dinner with family or where their first Christmas present was placed under the tree, parents tend to cherish such memories, making their first holidays with children in tow very memorable.

  • DENVER — The theme seems inviting this year at the 37th Starz Denver Film Festival, with organizers and promotional posters urging viewers to “step into the story.”

  • BRIGHTON — One of the artists featured in the City of Brighton’s upcoming Eye for Art exhibit “Holiday Sizzle” says that her work is about making “old things new again.”

    Beth Kane, a local beading artist, is among those whose work is on display through Jan. 30, 2015, at City Hall. Originally from Illinois, Kane moved to Colorado more than 30 year ago and lives on acreage in Brighton.

  • "Interstellar" isn't so much great as it is a signifier of something great: Director Christopher Nolan breaking free from the comic book world and tackling something personal and profound -- even if he's using overblown intergalactic spectacle to do it.

  • Director Alejandro Iñarritu has a lot to say in his new film, the metatextual actor-in-crisis dramedy “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton.

  • The intoxicating allure of taking what’s to be had in America — whether by greed, ambition or lust for control, the cruel and pitiless side of the national dream has been potent fodder for a number of classic films.

  • The intoxicating allure of taking what's to be had in America — whether by greed, ambition or lust for control, the cruel and pitiless side of the national dream has been potent fodder for a number of classic films.

    “Nightcrawler” aims to be one of them but doesn't feel the need to say much more than its thesis statement, which is only slightly forgivable given the solid lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom.

  • What if I told you that the best white-knuckle thriller of the year was about a jazz band?

    And then what if I told you it’s one of the best American films of the year to boot?