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‘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


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


'Insurgent' lacks any true rebellious cinematic spirit

Sometimes, going out to see the latest young adult sci-fi flick can feel like going for a frozen yogurt: The names on the front door might be different, but you can count on the same basic ingredients inside.

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


'Insurgent': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about he film "Insurgent":

March 20, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


Lessons learned from the heroes and heroines of young adult literature

The teen protagonists of young adult literature are awkward, average-looking, most often popular for being unpopular and highly emotional.

March 20, 2015 | Hikari Loftus Deseret News | Things to Do


Some movie characters are much older than the actors portraying them

In the Sunday Parade Magazine a couple of weeks ago, the “Personality Parade” pointed out that Lily James, who plays the title character in Disney’s “Cinderella,” is only seven years younger than Hayley Atwell, who plays her mother.

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


Five for Families: 'Cinderella' teaches kindness

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 20, 2015 | Whitney Butters Wilde Deseret News | Things to Do


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‘Foyle’s War’s’ final season on Blu-ray, DVD

Leading TV shows released on DVD and Blu-ray this week is the British mystery series “Foyle’s War,” a mixed blessing for fans. We’re happy to have three new feature-length episodes, but sad that this marks the end of the show.

April 18, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Longest Ride' is cliched, too sentimental

"The Longest Ride" is the latest adaption of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and when I hear his name, two words cross my mind: unintentional comedy.

April 17, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


'Monkey Kingdom': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Monkey Kingdom":

April 17, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


'Queen and Country' suffers a big-screen identity crisis

“QUEEN AND COUNTRY” — two stars — Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Vanessa Kirby, Tamsin Egerton; not rated but probable R (nudity, sexual situations, profanity); Broadway

April 17, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Influx of Christian programming at Easter prompts mixed reactions

As the biblical epic continues to make strides, however awkwardly, toward a full-fledged comeback in Hollywood, Christian programming is doing its part on TV — at least during the weeks leading up to Easter.

April 16, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


Stan Freberg was a comic genius whose influence is still apparent

Radio was once the primary source of entertainment in the average American household, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. And although dozens of programs — dramatic and comedic — were popular, you can link radio’s season of dominance directly to “The Jack Benny Program,” which ran from 1932 to 1955 before switching to television.

April 16, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Despite Sparks' recent track record, 'The Longest Ride' is likable

Well, I might be drummed out of the Utah Film Critic Association for this, but I’m man enough to admit that I actually like the new film “The Longest Ride,” based on a Nicholas Sparks story.

April 16, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


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

There’s not much to shout about among new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week. These are very much a mixed bag of hit-and-miss titles.

April 16, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Star Wars: A New Hope' offers an unforgettable ride

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.

April 16, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


'Monkey Kingdom' is educational, entertaining and very funny

“MONKEY KINGDOM” — three stars — narrated by Tina Fey; G (nothing offensive); in general release

April 16, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


3 family flicks about leadership

FAMILY TIME — Movies have a way of teaching us essential life lessons, sometimes without us even realizing it. Interestingly enough, some of the best lessons come from films made for children that the whole family can enjoy together.

April 15, 2015 | Sarah Bringhurst OK.com | Things to Do


Blessing of the Fleet is this weekend

The annual Darien Blessing of the Fleet will take place this week.

April 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Things to Do


'The Gathering' Saturday near Riceboro

Geechee Kunda Cultural Center in Riceboro will present an annual event, "The Gathering," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place rain or shine.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Dog walks boy



DASHCAMINGTON — It seems Russia, or Czech Republic in this case, is the dashcam capital of the world. Because of this, we get to indulge in some pretty crazy and funny stuff. This video is an example of the latter.

April 14, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


‘Book of Negroes,’ ‘Manhattan’ arrive on DVD this week

The acclaimed TV miniseries “The Book of Negroes” and a new show set in the 1940s about the Manhattan Project have been released on DVD this week.

April 13, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


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