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'He's not really dead, as long as we remember him'

I felt it was my fatherly responsibility to introduce my children to the finer points of geek culture at a very young age.

March 06, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


'Timbuktu' offers unique perspective on jihad

To the Western world, the mention of "jihad" automatically conjures up images of terrorism, suicide bombers, carnage and chaos. “Timbuktu” is a story of life under jihadi oppression, but its images are more day-to-day, almost tedious, and not nearly as dramatic.

March 06, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


New Blu-ray release offers examples of what great musicals can be

This past holiday season’s movie offerings got a real boost from “Into the Woods,” a clever adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical riff on children’s fairy tales. The PG-rated “Into the Woods” is dark (though the violence is off-camera), but it’s also funny and smart and filled with witty sequences.

March 06, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


More than just Spock: 8 non-Star Trek movies/TV shows to remember Leonard Nimoy

The passing of Leonard Nimoy on Feb. 27 has left a hole in the world of pop culture, judging from the outpouring of appreciation coming from fans everywhere, including as high up as the White House.

March 06, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Penguins of Madagascar' teaches love, doing the right thing

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.

March 06, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse' is unique, challenging

First things first: Kirby's latest adventure is a beautiful-looking game.

March 06, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


British vets carry 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is the kind of movie that wouldn’t work without its cast. It’s an ensemble piece that tries to cram half a dozen storylines into two hours, and the result is a film that feels bloated and thin at the same time.

March 06, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Latest Hunger Games movie is on Blu-ray, DVD

The latest “Hunger Games” sequel was 2014’s biggest hit, and it finally arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with several other films, including the Oscar-nominated “Foxcatcher.”

March 06, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


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


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Five for Families: ‘Babe’ teaches viewers to love others

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.

March 30, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'Killing Jesus' takes up middle ground on question of Christ's divinity

In “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis famously argued what is sometimes known as the “Lewis trilemma” — basically, that the one thing people cannot say about Jesus Christ is that he was a great moral teacher but not the Son of God.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


‘MST3K’ skewers turkeys, 5 vintage titles debut on DVD, Blu-ray

The latest collection of turkeys being roasted by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is in release this week, along with five vintage films making their debuts on DVD and Blu-ray.

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


‘Insurgent’ only a mild improvement on ‘Divergent’

While I honestly can say I wasn't too impressed with last year's surprise hit "Divergent," its recently released sequel "Insurgent" is a slight improvement. But the series still continues to miss the boat.

March 27, 2015 | By Justin Hall Film critic | Things to Do


What accounts for the cinematic generation gap?

So my twin boys recently had a late-night 14th birthday bash, and they wanted to watch a scary movie with all of their friends. But there wasn’t much to choose from since they’re not big fans of horror flicks and anything R-rated was out of consideration from the outset.

March 27, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


'Home': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Home":

March 27, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


Cross-cultural 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' traces a misguided journey of destiny

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” could have played out a couple of ways. On paper, it has the potential to be an oddball comedy, and it definitely has its funny moments. Instead, “Kumiko” takes its oddness very seriously, leaving the audience slightly bemused.

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


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


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