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Much has been made of Simu Liu’s starring role in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Marvel’s first film centering on an Asian superhero — and rightly so. As “Black Panther” and Chadwick Boseman did for the Black superhero, Liu is breaking ground, cinematica­lly and in the broader culture.



Exploring the hidden wonders of the world takes time and patience.

The film “Into America’s Wild” brings the experience to the masses. The film is screeing at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s Verus Research DynaTheate­r. “Into America’s Wild” is a nonstop ride by kayak, bike, train, hot air balloon, zip line, kite surfboard and more into some of the most beautiful but littleknow­n landscapes of North America.



Charles Kelley had an opportunit­y to reflect on his career during a 16-month break from touring due to the pandemic. What he thought about was simple — being grateful. He’s toured the world and found mainstream success with the Grammy Awardwinni­ng country trio Lady A. Kelley is joined by Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood in the band, which will release its eighth full-length album, “What a Song Can Do,” on Oct. 22. The tour will make a stop at Isleta Amphitheat­er on Thursday, Sept. 9. 4

Tim Sparks works with stories that pique his interest.

With his latest film, “Amaraica,” he used his personal experience to write and direct the project. The film was picked up by HBO and will be aired beginning Friday, Sept. 3. “Amaraica” is Sparks’ directoria­l debut. He was also inspired by the inhumane practice of child separation at the U.S.Mexican border.

The film follows Roberto Hernandez, an undocument­ed roofer who is seeking to obtain his papers through marriage but is thwarted from his goal when his ex-girlfriend shows up nine months pregnant claiming he is the father.

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