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  • FORT LUPTON — Every year, we here at MetroWest Newspapers get a little help from the Post Office and the North Pole to share local children's wishlists they've sent off to jolly old Saint Nick. Here are many of those lists that we share:

    South Elementary

    Ms. Knoll’s first-grade class


    Dear Santa,

  • 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

    “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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • By Tom Fasano, Special to the Press

    Being the youngest United Way of Weld County campaign chair ever doesn’t intimidate Sami Hageman.

  • "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?

  • As more and more of the generation that fought and lived through the Second World War passes on, the efforts to record the histories of the battlefield and home front at the time have ramped up, hoping to preserve those memories for posterity.

  • Remember your mother telling you, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”?

    We’re going to stick to that sage parental wisdom for the rest of this paragraph and then get on with the business of talking about David Dobkin’s “The Judge”: The cinematography is nice.

  • Ashley and Corey Guildner, of Parker, announce the birth of a son, Cayden Ivan Guildner. Cayden was born Sept. 12, 2014, at Sky Ridge Hospital in Lone Tree, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

    Grandparents are Gary and Donna Howard, of Brighton; and Kerry Guildner, of Bailey. Great-grandparents are Carol Howard, of Brighton; and Don Sundahl, of South Dakota.