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'Jurassic World' is a safe, exciting echo of Steven Spielberg's ’93 classic

Halfway through “Jurassic World,” two characters stumble on the ruins of the original Jurassic Park headquarters. Everything is dark and overgrown with foliage, and the familiar “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” banner still lies in tatters on the floor.

June 11, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Now on Netflix: 5 feel-good documentaries

It may not seem like it when you get stuck in particularly heinous traffic or spend an afternoon waiting in line at the DMV, but the world is full of inspiring people doing remarkable things. Luckily for us, it’s not that difficult to be reminded of that fact; all you need is Netflix. In between binge-watching episodes of “Friends” or “Daredevil,” you can turn on one of these five documentaries that are sure to lift your spirits and restore your faith in humanity.

June 10, 2015 | Angela Treasure KSL | Things to Do


'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' trailer has finally arrived



DISTRICT 13 — The Hunger Games movie franchise will come to a close in November, and it's easily one of the most anticipated films of 2015. While we still have to wait in agony for nearly half a year before we get to see the finale, we can at least now find a small amount of comfort in a trailer with new footage for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

June 10, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


'Sunshine Superman' takes a dive into the history of BASE jumping

“I feel that when I jump off a cliff, I’m obeying (the) laws of the universe.”

June 09, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Is ‘Spy’ worth a trip to the movies?

“Spy,” a new comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, crashed into theaters this past weekend, and here are a few things you should know before you go.

June 09, 2015 | Sarah Bringhurst OK.com | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Don't park like a jerk



THE PARKING LOT — We’ve all seen it, a car parked illegally while the rest of us are just trying to follow the law. Because none of us have ever parked illegally, right?

June 08, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Do you miss David Letterman yet?

Before everything went digital, watching a TV show at a time other than when it was broadcast required the ability to stop the digital clock from blinking “12:00” on your VCR. Then you had to set a timer and get a tape and hope that you weren’t recording over a home video or something.

June 08, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


‘Rizzoli & Isles’ on home video this week

“Rizzoli & Isles” keeps on rolling through season five, and “Justified” comes to an end with season six, both newly released on home video this week.

June 08, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Whitewater trip set for July

Have fun kayaking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, canoeing and more on a Leisure Travel trip to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., on July 18.

June 08, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Pixar shows off 'The Good Dinosaur' in new trailer

I’m so genuinely happy to see Pixar back to being Pixar.

June 07, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


Five for Families: ‘SpongeBob’ teaches ‘positive’ lessons

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

June 07, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'Insidious: Chapter 3' is good for a handful of scares but little else

“Insidious: Chapter 3” is the prequel to a pair of films about the supernatural torment of a troubled family. It’s good for a handful of genuine scares, but a late film tone change and some general clunkiness keep it in mediocre territory.

June 07, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


‘McFarland, USA’ leads movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Uplifting family fare is rare on movie screens these days, but when it does come around, it’s often in the form of a true sports story, such as “McFarland, USA,” which was in theaters a few months ago and is now on Blu-ray and DVD.

June 07, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Paul Dano and John Cusack paint an epic Beach Boy portrait in powerful 'Love & Mercy'

"Pet Sounds" is a beautiful and creative album, by far the most memorable and definitive work Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys ever produced. The album marked the group’s transition from surf band into true artistry, and according to the new Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy,” it also marked the descent of the band’s creative leader into years of illness and abuse at the hands of Dr. Eugene Landy.

June 07, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


'San Andreas' is tough to believe

Doug Wright has over 40 years of experience in broadcasting. He is the host of "The Doug Wright Show" and "The Movie Show."

June 07, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


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'Ted 2' is a step down from first film

"Ted 2" might be considered something of a disappointment for people who really enjoyed the first one. This sequel doesn't nearly reach the hilarious heights of the original and instead is satiated with a by-the-numbers script.

July 03, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


James Taylor's new CD is like an old friend

So I bought a CD this week. 



July 03, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? The Little Einsteins' Dance



DANCEVILLE — Some things are cute; others are adorable; and some are nearly unquantifiable. This video falls into the latter.

July 02, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Liberty musician in Savannah Songwriter Series

Liberty County native and musician Dakota Woods will play at 6 p.m. Sunday at Johnny Harris Restaurant on Victory Drive in Savannah as part of the Savannah Songwriter Series.

July 02, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'Terminator Genisys': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Terminator Genisys":

July 01, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


Schwarzenegger and Co. play the Terminator's greatest hits in 'Genisys'

“TERMINATOR GENISYS” — 2 1/2 stars — Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons; PG-13 (sci-fi violence, partial nudity, language); in general release

July 01, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Pixar's 15 films from worst to best

“Inside Out” was released recently to the critical accolades and audience adoration reminiscent of Pixar’s early days. Some critics said it was without question the best thing Pixar has ever released and went as far as to call “Inside Out” the studio’s masterpiece.

July 01, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


Being a bridesmaid is harder – and more expensive – than you think

Turns out being a bridesmaid is taxing in more ways than one.

July 01, 2015 | Sierra Theobald Deseret News | Things to Do


Family flicks for the Fourth of July

FAMILY TIME — This weekend we celebrate Independence Day. Whether you are headed out of town or staying close to home, most families have some big plans to celebrate our country.

June 30, 2015 | Sarah Bringhurst OK.com | Things to Do


Book review: 'The Heir' takes readers into another Selection

"THE HEIR: The Selection, Vol. 4," by Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 342 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

June 29, 2015 | Sharon Haddock Deseret News | Things to Do


Jurassic World: the parental perspective

I don’t think there’s anyone reading this article that isn’t aware people die in the latest Jurassic chapter.

June 28, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Inside Out' portrays 'strong values'

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.

June 28, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


New Tom and Jerry, Curious George cartoons on DVD this week

Three new videos demonstrate an interesting trend for children’s shows — feature-length cartoons and live-action movies that debut on multiple non-theatrical platforms, meaning DVD and/or Blu-ray, along with various streaming sites.

June 27, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Vintage thriller ‘The Whistler’ comes to DVD for the first time

If you know the quote “I am the Whistler, and I know many things,” you know what to expect with 1940s “Whistler” movies, some of which are on home video for the first time.

June 27, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Inside Out' is creative, original

'Inside Out' (PG) — 4 stars

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


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