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Stars, style make ‘Focus’ entertaining

"Focus" relies a little too much on style and wildly unexpected twists to carry it through. However, thanks mostly to the charisma of its two stars, it manages to get itself out of obligatory territory - most of the time.

March 05, 2015 | By Justin Hall Film critic | Things to Do


Here's 5 movies that celebrate childhood

Did you know that March 15 is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day? The holiday was created by Campfire USA to show kids how special they are. Such a day allows parents and grownups to focus on the absolutely incredible kids in their lives.

March 05, 2015 | Dylan Cannon KSL | Things to Do


Have You Seen This: Drop a beat with your pen



MUSIC CLASS — When a pen and a desk is your instrument, the whole world is your recording studio, as long as you have a pen and a desk.

March 04, 2015 | Jarom Moore KSL | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Why you should hire an electrician



ELECTRICIAN SCHOOL — Thanks to Pinterest and HGTV we all think we’re expert DIY pros when it comes to our homes. Quite often we go into our projects with the confidence of a lion only to finish and feel as sheepish as, well, a lowly sheep. You should see the wood floors in my house. Let’s just say the elevation change in my living room is enough to give you altitude sickness.

March 03, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Live like Tony Stark for a day with Robert Downey Jr.



IROM MAN’S PAD — Whether you love Marvel movies or think they’re the downfall of modern cinema, you can’t deny that you want to be Tony Stark. Go ahead, you can admit it, we won’t judge you.

March 03, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


‘Madding Crowd,’ ‘Shawshank’ lead Blu-ray upgrades, DVD debuts

Several notable vintage titles are being released this week, including several Blu-ray upgrades and some golden oldies making their DVD debut.

March 01, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


The latest season of ‘Midsomer Murders’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Barnaby gets a new partner as the latest season of “Midsomer Murders” comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week.

February 28, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Netflix adding nearly 40 titles in March, dropping 60

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — Another month is almost over, and that means it’s time to find out what you’ll no longer be able to watch on Netflix streaming and what you get to look forward to.

February 28, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Baby is new ‘Lord of the Dance’

ÉIRE — Unless you were living under a rock at the turn of the millenium, you are more than aware of Michael Flatley and his rise to fame with over-the-top productions centered around traditional Irish step dancing.

February 27, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Things to Do


'McFarland, USA' is a movie Disney should be proud of

"McFarland, USA" (rated PG) — 3 1/2 stars

February 27, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


The Great Snowball Battle: a snowball fight card game

The Great Snowball Battle, by Game Salute, is a simple, short and entertaining card game of throwing snowballs and running for cover.

February 26, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Oscar-winners ‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Whiplash’ are on Blu-ray, DVD

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” is among 2014’s top 10 box-office hits and won the Academy Award last weekend for Best Animated Feature. This week, it was released on Blu-ray and DVD.

February 26, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Five for Families: ‘McFarland’ a ‘must-see’ family film

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

February 26, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'Lazarus Effect' brings horror cliches back from the dead

Sometimes, the road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions.

February 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


There's no escaping 'Saturday Night Live'

Way back when, I grew up in lovely Calabasas, California, alongside such notables as Ricky Schroeder and Erik Menendez. (Thankfully, I got out before the Kardashians arrived.) If, by chance, you happen upon a copy of Calabasas High School’s 1986 yearbook, you’ll see a picture of my friend Aaron Priceman in a trenchcoat and sunglasses standing alongside yours truly dressed up as Ed Grimley.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


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Netflix dropping 50 titles and adding 56 in April

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — March is quickly expiring and so are 50 titles from Netflix streaming.

March 27, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


'Home' is mildly amusing, and highly commercial

The long post-Oscar winter is drawing to a close, and as spring approaches, the people at Dreamworks have delivered a brand-new animated film for the whole ...

March 27, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


'Pathfinder' fantasy roleplaying adventure is fun, exciting

Many role-playing games have come and gone over the years and some might argue their prime has past. But "Pathfinder" is a fantasy RPG published by Paizo Publishing that continues to increase in popularity.

March 26, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


'Insurgent' is a compelling story complete with surprises

'Insurgent' (rated PG-13) — 3 stars

March 26, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


‘Into the Woods,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ ‘Unbroken’ on Blu-ray, DVD

Three films that opened to great success during the recent Christmas season lead new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

March 26, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


5 underrated Disney movies

After almost nine decades and despite a few missteps, Disney is still drawing in audiences with animated hits like “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6” as well as Kenneth Branagh’s live-action reimagining of “Cinderella."

March 26, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? You hear that bass mom?



THE DANCE FLOOR — Quite often a little kid will do something that is absolutely hilarious and adorable that would just be completely obnoxious and aggravating if an adult did it.

March 22, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Topical ’70s sitcom ‘Maude’ arrives on DVD

Writer-producer Norman Lear had a string of hugely successful and influential sitcoms during the 1970s and '80s, most notably “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” among others.

March 22, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March head up vintage movies new to DVD

Humphrey Bogart’s last B-gangster picture and a pair of dramas starring Fredric March at the peak of his stardom lead these vintage movies on home video this week.

March 22, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Clue' 30 years later: where are they now?

It’s been 30 years since “Clue” first hit movie theaters.

March 21, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


Help Mike Tyson and Martin Scorsese make their movie



THE RING — News recently broke that acclaimed director Martin Scorsese will direct a biopic about heavyweight legend Mike Tyson with Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx playing the controversial pugilist.

March 21, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


5 movies about mental illness

This week, the NCAA basketball tournament, often dubbed “March Madness,” begins. But there is another, much more dire, problem that still many people unfortunately dub as “madness.” Mental illness is a very real, and very serious, problem for millions of people across the United States and around the world. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four American adults (or 61.5 million people) experiences mental illness in a given year. Mental illness affects the sufferer and the people who love them. If you or a loved one has a mental illness, here are five movies ...

March 20, 2015 | Dylan Cannon KSL | Things to Do


'Red Army' is compelling ... and a victim of bad timing

“RED ARMY” — ★★ — Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Alexei Kasatonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Pozner; PG (thematic material and language); Broadway

March 20, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


‘Penguins,’ ‘Song,’ ‘Annie’ come to DVD, Blu-ray

Those Madagascar penguins, starring in their own movie, and other family films lead a mixed bag of new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

March 20, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Disney makes 'Cinderella' story worth telling again

'Cinderella' (rated PG) — 3½ stars

March 20, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


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