Cinema: Growing Up in New Mexico

And Now Miguel, a sturdy successor to such intelligent children's classics as Misty and Island of the Blue Dolphins, is a labor of love by the same makers, Producer Robert Radnitz and Director James Clark, who keep turning out evidence that a movie can entertain, educate and enlarge the experience of youngsters without driving their parents up the wall. Miguel refreshes the spirit like a week at a mountain camp.

Set in the sere, stunning high-plateau country of New Mexico, the movie describes an unhurried but sometimes harrowing year in the life of the ten-year-old Miguel (Pat Cardi), whose only real problem...

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