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McCarthy-Feig streak continues in 'Spy'

"Spy" is a thoroughly satisfying comedy that answers the complaints I had about such clunkers as "Get Hard" and "Hot Pursuit." Here is a comedy that almost never runs out of gas, and for most of its running time, it's clever, highly entertaining and - most importantly - very funny.

June 12, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Mixed bag of movies on Blu-ray, DVD this week

A documentary about Cold War hockey leads a mixed bag of new movies released this week on Blu-ray and DVD.

June 12, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


How much PG-13 violence is too much for your pre-teen kids?

How much is too much when it comes to violence in movies that are clearly aimed at kids?

June 12, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Bringing dinos to life: 22 years ago, 'Jurassic Park' set industry standard with its CGI, animatroni

When “Jurassic Park” premiered 22 years ago — almost exactly to the day — it transformed visual effects in movies.

June 12, 2015 | Jennifer Johnson Deseret News | Things to Do


'Jurassic World': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Jurassic World":

June 12, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


Things 'Jurassic Park' got wrong about dinosaurs

When “Jurassic Park” came out in 1993, it was the most scientifically accurate depiction of dinosaurs ever put on film.

June 12, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


Cultures collide in mysterious 'When Marnie Was There'

“When Marnie Was There” is a curious piece of Japanese animation based on a novel by a British author.

June 12, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


'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


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‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

A low-key comedy-drama art film leads new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

July 05, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Time for an assessment of the year in movies … so far

Now that June is over and July is upon us, it’s as good a time as any for a halfway-through-2015 movie review. By my count, some 140 new titles have made stops at Salt Lake theaters so far this year.

July 05, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


‘Dovekeepers’ miniseries is on DVD this week

A new CBS miniseries from the producers of “The Bible” arrives on DVD this week.

July 05, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Cokeville Miracle' has faith-affirming theme

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

July 05, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'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


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