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‘Chappie’ doesn’t deliver much originality

"Chappie" is the latest film from director Neil Blomkamp, the man behind "District 9" and the underappreciated "Elysium." Here, he once again delves into his forte of sci-fi, but this latest effort is both cheesy and underwhelming. Like many faulty machines, this one is a bucket of bolts.

March 11, 2015 | By Justin Hall Film critic | Things to Do


5 action movies for guy's night

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have encouraged some of my male clients to make sure they continue to make male friends to do “guy things” with and have those needs satisfied.

March 11, 2015 | Dylan Cannon KSL | Things to Do


Game review: Murano and Patchwork offer family fun

In Murano, a board game from Mayfair Games, two to four players attempt to become the greatest merchants in Venice. The board depicts a series of islands in the city, each with empty spaces for future construction, and is ringed by canals, separated by spaces, that each feature a unique action. A number of gondolas are then placed in the canal spaces around the board.

March 11, 2015 | Cody K. Carlson Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


Pixar returns to form with 'Inside Out' trailer



YOUR HEAD — The third and most revealing trailer for Disney Pixar’s latest film “Inside Out” is now online, and it’s 2 1/2 minutes of fun.

March 11, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Tom Hanks really, really likes you



HANKSLANDIA — There are a few people on this planet who just exude cool. They can do anything, and we almost instantaneously love it. Some of these people include my brother Dave, that dog from “Frasier” and Tom Hanks.

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


10 actresses who should play Lara Croft

THE TOMB — It’s been announced that the popular video game character Lara Croft will get a reboot on the big screen.

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


‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘CHiPs’ among TV shows on DVD

Yes, it’s March, but the latest “Doctor Who” Christmas special arrives on DVD this week, along with season sets of the vintage series “Hill Street Blues” and “CHiPs.”

March 10, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Bison close encounter



SCARY YELLOWSTONE — Yellowstone is known for its majestic vistas and stunning wildlife. We’re supposed to just sit back and enjoy the scenery, but Tom Carter ended up getting a little too personal with some Yellowstone residents.

March 09, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


'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


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Book review: Quirky teenager's journey brings growth in 'Mosquitoland'

"MOSQUITOLAND," by David Arnold, Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 352 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

March 31, 2015 | Ginny Romney Deseret News | Things to Do


This week in movie news: 'Alien Nation,' 'Lex Luthor', and 'Ready Player One'

For movie fans, it’s been a full week of rumors, releases and brilliant YouTube videos.

March 31, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


5 movies about aliens for earthlings

March has been associated with a lot of different things for different people. When some think of March, they think of the beginning of spring. Sports fans get excited about March Madness for basketball and spring training for baseball.

March 31, 2015 | Dylan Cannon KSL | Things to Do


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


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