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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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'Monkey Kingdom' is fun, visual and does some good

'Monkey Kingdom' (G) — 3 stars

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


Have You Seen This? Boomwhacker Bach



MUSIC LAND — Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude No. 1 is almost immediately recognized by anyone who hears it. Maybe you don’t know the name or who the composer behind its methodic and haunting melody, but you most likely have heard it before. Odds are, however, that you’ve never heard it quite like this.

April 27, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Netflix dropping 57 titles and adding 59 in May

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — Netflix has announced what movies it will add and drop in May, and some notable films show up on both lists.

April 27, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Blu-ray upgrade of ‘Escape From New York’ leads vintage films on video

Following his unexpected success with “Halloween” in 1978, filmmaker John Carpenter did fairly well with “The Fog” in 1980, but then hit it bigger the next year with “Escape From New York.” A hit when it opened, “Escape” has only increased in popularity over the years.

April 26, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Monkey Kingdom' is fun, visual and does some good

'Monkey Kingdom' (G) — 3 stars

April 25, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


Vintage and new TV shows on DVD

The family-friendly TV series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the vintage Western “The Dakotas” are on DVD this week.

April 25, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Unfriended' is a decent thriller

"Unfriended" easily could've fallen under the category of most of today's teen horror flicks: All style and no substance. Or it could've easily have been a cheap remake or reboot.

April 24, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Marvel movies ranked worst to best

THE MARVEL UNIVERSE — After wading through months of bad movie after bad movie with a decent one popping its head up from time to time, we’re finally on the cusp of the summer movie season.

April 24, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Five movies for families: 'Monkey Kingdom' teaches positive messages

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 24, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


Family friendly musical drama leads new movies on DVD this week

It’s a week for low-budget independent productions on DVD, led by a family friendly musical drama.

April 24, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


'Little Boy': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Little Boy":

April 24, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


True story 'Desert Dancer' stumbles onto the big screen

“Desert Dancer” is based on a true story, and maybe that’s its problem.

April 24, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


'Age of Adaline': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Age of Adaline":

April 24, 2015 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News | Things to Do


Respect for faith sets 'Daredevil' apart

I’m going to say some nice things about Marvel’s “Daredevil” TV series for Netflix, and I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.

April 24, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Things to Do


'Age of Adaline' explores the downside of immortality

“The Age of Adaline” is a fairy tale that doesn’t feel like a fairy tale; it’s science fiction that doesn’t feel like science fiction. It does such a good job of grounding itself in reality that you forget the fantastic premise it’s trying to sell you.

April 24, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


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