• KEENESBURG — From the perspective of more than 350 animal refugees who now call Keenesburg home, the sprawling 720-acre Wild Animal Sanctuary — situated along rolling hills of expansive Weld County farmland — must seem like the Ritz-Carlton of the animal kingdom.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller "Blackhat" tries desperately to show the otherwise dull activity of hacking into something more than a pale programmer sitting alone in a basement, coffee and Mountain Dew coursing through his veins and typing out endless lines of code.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has been mired in controversy on two different fronts. One involves Eastwood’s use of not one but two obviously fake babies in a handful of scenes, neither of which lend credence to Eastwood’s status as an allegedly good director.

  • Great movies have their eyes on the prize from the start. “Selma” is no exception.

  • DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Denver Fantasy Flight program uses delightful sleight-of-hand tactics and wondrous holiday-themed distractions to convince unsuspecting youngsters they’ve landed at the North Pole for a one-on-one with the Big Man himself.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • COMMERCE CITY — 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.

    Here's a sampling of what the kids of Adams County are asking jolly old Saint Nick for this year:

    Henderson Elementary

  • BRIGHTON — Knowing that children in Brighton might not be getting gifts for Christmas is heartbreaking to Julie Gibeau.

    As a mother of three — two in elementary school — the revelation became a call to action for Gibeau. With the support of her family and friends, as well as her employer, Gibeau has embarked on the unique effort of baking her compassion into Loaves of Love.

  • BRIGHTON — The City of Brighton will be holding its 19th annual Festival of Lights on Saturday and is inviting the public to participate in the free, family friendly festivities.

  • 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.

  • The trajectory of “Foxcatcher” seems inevitable, and director Bennett Miller doesn’t miss an opportunity to prepare viewers for what transpires between troubled millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and the lives he manipulates.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • "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.

  • Sophea and Brian Wilson, of Henderson, announce the birth of a son, Benaiah Viseth Wilson. He was born Oct. 27, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 20 inches.

    Grandparents are Sophal Chin and Sea Chhe, of Cambodia; and Timothy and Constance Wilson, of Westminster.

    Benaiah joins his sibling, Sovannarith Tim Wilson, 3.

  • 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.