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'Z for Zachariah' struggles to deliver on its post-apocalyptic promise

“Z for Zachariah” is a post-apocalyptic morality tale. Its star-studded cast and compelling premise have made it one of the more buzz-worthy submissions to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. But unfortunately, the final product fails to realize its full potential.

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


'Aloft' tackles the pain of healing

“Aloft,” currently being screened as part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a film about healing.

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


‘Mama’s Family,’ ‘Wonder Years’ episodes released on DVD this week

More of Vicki Lawrence’s favorite episodes of her vintage sitcom “Mama’s Family” and the second season of “The Wonder Years” have been released this week on DVD.

January 31, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Epic Resort game review: Build your own fantasy resort

Epic Resort is board game with a fresh and original theme. Players represent vacation resort owners trying to attract tourists and fantasy heroes to come and spend time and money. Players score victory points by providing rest to fantasy heroes — such as the paladin and barbarian — all the while upgrading and maintaining resort locations.

January 31, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


'American Sniper' lives up to hype

"American Sniper" was a film that originally was given a limited release in order to qualify it for awards consideration. It was widely released Jan. 16, and it caused quite a stir by having the biggest January opening weekend in history, grossing $89 million. I'm here to tell you that it was pretty much worth every bit of fanfare.

January 30, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Have You Seen This? A cat's advice on the big game



CATTINGTON — The big game is only a week away, and that means we’re about to get assaulted with clever ads that make us laugh, cry and sometimes a little of both.

January 29, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


Super Bowl party at Thunder Run

Join other NFL fans to watch the Seahawks and Patriots battle in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday at Thunder Run in Club Stewart. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

January 26, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Convoluted, cliched script hampers 'Blackhat'

"Blackhat" is the latest effort from director Michael Mann whose last film was 2009's gangster drama, "Public Enemies." While Mann continues to be a director of great visual style, he might've needed more time to work on a film that is not out of his league.

January 23, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Movie night benefits Bark Park

The Bryan County Bark Park will hold a movie-night fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at The Ice Cream Stop near Publix on Highway 144 in Richmond Hill.

January 22, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Series should've retired before 'Taken 3'

"Taken 3" has star Liam Neeson doing more of the same that we saw in the series' first two movies, and the result is less than satisfying.

January 16, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


2014's best includes outer space, wars

What does Ben Affleck searching for his missing wife; Tom Cruise as he lives, dies, repeats; Brad Pitt leading troops into war; and a group of Marvel Comics misfits all have in common?

January 09, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Stewart players to present Hitchcock take-off

Auditions will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday 10 for the Fort Stewart Community Theater's first production of "Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play."

January 05, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


Spend New Year's Eve on post

Welcome 2015 with friends and family during the New Year's Eve Bash at Thunder Run in Club Stewart from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

December 22, 2014 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'Exodus...' delivers spectacle; little else

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is another attempt by Hollywood to embrace spirituality on the big screen.

December 19, 2014 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Christmas classics cater to all tastes

Ah, yes, it's that time of year again.

December 12, 2014 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | 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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