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Why 'Project Almanac' is not the movie to see

If you plan on seeing “Project Almanac”, you will probably walk out of the theater wishing time-travel were real. Not because the movie inspires scientific greatness but simply because you’ll want your night back. Here are just a few reasons why the movie might not be the best choice at the box office.

February 05, 2015 | Sarah Bringhurst OK.com | Things to Do


Mythotopia: a strategic medieval fantasy board game

Mythotopia is reminiscent of the old Avalon Hill games of the 1980s and 1990s but with much better production values.

February 04, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Classic foreign films are new to Blu-ray and DVD this week

Classic foreign films from the 1980s lead an array of vintage titles in release on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

February 04, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Ewan McGregor portrays Christ and Satan in 'Last Days in the Desert'

Let’s get right to the point: Christian audiences are going to be wary of a Sundance film that features Ewan McGregor playing both Jesus Christ and Satan. Given the standard cinematic treatment of religion in general and Christians in particular, you can’t fault the devout for anticipating sacrilege, no matter how much they liked McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi.

February 03, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Versailles: a strategic palace building board game

In the game Versailles by NSKN Games and legendary designer Andrei Novac, King Louis XIV of France hires two to five players as architects and craftsmen to build him a fabulous palace. Whoever can contribute the most ornate, well-built segments of the palace will win.

February 03, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp: A solo game about defeating a deadly virus

Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp by Victory Point Games is a game for one person ripped from the headlines of a modern-day newspaper. A deadly virus has broken out in the United States because a man visiting the Congo carries it into the United States. As he shows symptoms and collapses, he is taken to a local hospital and placed in an isolation wing. Doctors discover that he has a highly contagious virus that is resistant to all current antitodes. This could be the end of humanity.

February 03, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Onward to Venus: A board game of planetary conquest and exploration

Based on the Doctor Grordbort graphic novels, the board game Onward to Venus is a game about colonizing the solar system by building a powerful army and seizing exciting opportunities at the right time. Build factories and mines to dominate planets; hunt exotic, big game around the solar system; solve planetary crisis or take advantage of planetary tensions to win victory points.

February 03, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Quirky 'Don Verdean' muses on the nature of religious faith

Directed by Jared Hess and co-written with his wife Jerusha, “Don Verdean” is a lighthearted poke at the world of biblical archaeology, a field Hess describes as an amusing “fringe” element of mainstream Christianity.

February 03, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Frisbee league forming on post

Registration begins Feb. 9 for companies that want to find out if their Frisbee team is the best on Fort Stewart.

February 02, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Pay Dirt is an immersive board game about modern-day gold mining

The board game Pay Dirt is about the gritty and competitive world of modern-day gold mining in frigid Alaska. In this worker-placement-style game, players take the roles of enterprising mining companies looking to refine the most efficient process for gold discovery. Hire the best employees, buy the best equipment and manage through the hardships that will inevitably come to hit pay dirt and win.

February 02, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Netflix adding nearly 50 titles and dropping 40 in February

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — It’s the end of another month, which means Netflix is about to get rid of a number of titles as well as add some to its streaming library.

February 01, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Quirky 'Strongest Man' focuses on the meaning of little lives

Late in “The Strongest Man,” the film’s protagonist reflects on what he calls his “little life.” The expression tells us a lot about the character, and a lot about the film.

January 31, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Enjoyable 'Chuck Norris' is a powerful reminder of simple freedoms

Sometimes the best way to enjoy a film is by sharing it with someone who is seeing it for the first time.

January 31, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Harmless 'Project Almanac' is Time Travel 101

Your enjoyment of “Project Almanac” hinges on two key questions:

January 31, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Big Hero 6' filled with positive values

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News Features department and OK.com.

January 31, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


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Griddly Games: A review of 3 family board games

Griddly Games is a small family games publisher that lives by the mantras “This just isn’t play, it’s play time” and “games that get you going.” Griddly Games has won a variety of awards in the industry from Creative Child Magazine, the National Parenting Center and Dr. Toys Best Toys. Here are reviews for three games.

February 26, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


5 great movies about friendship

The noted author C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” Truly, friendship makes life happier and more meaningful as Lewis wisely noted.

February 25, 2015 | Dylan Cannon KSL | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Little Led Zeppelin



THE LAND OF ICE AND SNOW — Led Zeppelin is an iconic band with unforgettable rhythms and face-melting solos. Many have tried to cover Zeppelin and many have failed, but a bunch of kids between the ages of 7 and 12 did a pretty solid job with three Zeppelin classics.

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


The winners and losers of the 2015 Academy Awards

LA LA LAND — The 87th Annual Academy Awards featured all the stars and drama we’ve come to expect over the years. Celebrities of all kinds made an appearance ranging from Lady Gaga to Julie Andrews. Those two actually shared the stage.

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


'The Duff': 3 points for parents

Information about the film "The Duff."

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


Violent 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is not for everyone

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" (rated R) — 3 stars

February 24, 2015 | Douglas Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


Five for Families: 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman's' humor likely to appeal to parents, children

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.

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


'McFarland, USA': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "McFarland, USA."

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


'The DUFF' is a blunt take on life as a modern teen

If you’re still in high school, “The DUFF” may help you feel like you just might survive.

February 23, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


Cardboard boats race Saturday

Join the fun at the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Tominac Fitness Center pool on Hunter at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There's no charge.

February 23, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


FoxMind Games: 4 games for all ages

FoxMind is an award-winning company that offers games that are easy to learn, quick to play, smart and fun. Created in 2000, the company won the Game of the Year award in France with one of its first games, Squad 7. Here are four reviews of FoxMind games:

February 23, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? Disney shadows



DISNEYLANDISH — Marketers have the uncanny ability of manipulating us into serious emotional responses with their commercials and events, and Disney may have the best marketing team on the planet.

February 23, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


And the Oscar goes to: Common themes from a varied list of Best Picture nominees

The films nominated for top honors at the 87th annual Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. MST, ABC) deal with everything from parenting, maturation and artistry to war, invention and social justice.

February 22, 2015 | Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock Deseret News | Things to Do


Japanese ‘Power Rangers’ inspiration ‘Zyuranger’ comes to DVD

Fans of the hugely popular American-produced “Power Rangers” franchise have been clamoring for years to see a stateside DVD of the Japanese TV program that inspired it — and it’s finally been released this week.

February 22, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Game review: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade brings '80s arcade games to the table

If you were a kid in the 1980s, you no doubt remember all of those great scrolling shooter arcade games like Galaga, Space Invaders and 1942. The Battle at Kemble's Cascade, a new board game from Z-Man Games, brings that same kind of adventure to the tabletop.

February 22, 2015 | Cody K. Carlson Deseret News | Things to Do


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