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'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


Ho Ho Holbrook Festival of Lights this weekend

Holbrook Pond Recreation Area will glow with Christmas decorations to delight children and adults alike during the Ho Ho Holbrook Festival of Lights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

December 08, 2014 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'Pengiuns...' never takes flight

"The Penguins of Madagascar" is a spin-off from the successful "Madagascar" animated franchise, and while it has its moments of energy and humor, I think it would've been much more successful as a DVD release.

December 05, 2014 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Tree lightings are Thursday, Friday

The Christmas tree outside Club Stewart will come to life and Santa will greet children during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

December 01, 2014 | Special to the News | Things to Do


New 'Hunger Games' has sporadic action; good acting

The "Hunger Games" series continues with the recently released third installment, "Mockingjay - Part 1," which goes the same route that worked for both the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" series: Split the final chapter into two parts to milk the proverbial cash cow.

November 28, 2014 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


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Game review: Cross Hares doesn't quite hit the target

Cross Hares: Testing Ground

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


Syrinscape: auditory atmosphere for fantasy roleplaying games

The whole ethos of tabletop roleplaying games is to create an immersive environment that transports players to fantastic realms. A variety of player aids have been developed for games, such as Pathfinder, that now include a complete audio sound app.

February 22, 2015 | Ryan Morgenegg Deseret News | Things to Do


Paddle Georgia to be on Ogeechee

Register for this summer's Paddle Georgia trek at https://regonline.com/paddlega2015.

February 21, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'Kingsman: The Secret Service' delivers

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is 2015's first memorable, enjoyable film.

February 20, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


Oscar nominee ‘Theory of Everything’ leads new movies on Blu-ray, DVD

The biographical film about Stephen Hawking that is nominated for five Academy Awards leads this week’s new movies on Blu-ray and DVD.

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


Can you match the movie to these popular quotes?

We’ve all endured that conversation where references fly over our heads like mathematical formulas in a Tracer Bullet plot.

February 20, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do


Time once again for another round of Oscar trivia

If you think of Meryl Streep as ancient and the oldest film you’ve ever seen is “Spider-Man,” this column probably isn’t for you.

February 19, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Little-known facts about the Oscars

Oscar night is almost upon us. And short of watching all the nominated films to be able to make reasonable arguments for why so-and-so was snubbed, what better way to get into the spirit than reading up on some of the fascinating, bizarre and little-known trivia from throughout Oscar history?

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' gets official synopsis, starts filming

THE BLACK PEARL — Captain Jack Sparrow is headed back to the theater at least one more time, and the fifth installment of the Disney franchise has begun filming and received an official synopsis.

February 19, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


A bevy of new DVD releases aimed at kids are in release

A 1960s sci-fi kids show with puppets arrived on DVD recently, along with quite a few animated programs.

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


'Digging for Fire' is an interesting portrait of an aging marriage

“Digging for Fire” is the latest from the director of last year’s “Happy Christmas.” Built around the exploits of a married couple somewhere in their 30s, it’s an interesting piece on adulthood, fidelity and taking a hard look at the paths we’re on in life.

February 15, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


5 classic romantic movies

In honor of the most romantic holiday of all, Valentine’s Day, we’ve complied a list of the greatest and most iconic romantic movies. Whether you’ve got a date this weekend or not, snuggle up with these classics and enjoy an evening full of love and romance.

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


‘Olive Kitteridge’ leads TV shows on DVD

The TV shows newly released on Blu-ray and DVD this week are led by the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” the fourth season of “Hart to Hart”, and “Greatest Heroes of the Bible.”

February 15, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Disappointing 'Seoul Searching' isn't what audiences are looking for

The Sundance press guide paints “Seoul Searching” as a loving tribute to ’80s pop culture and the films of John Hughes, and that affection is obvious. But the final product is far too flawed to do its inspiration justice.

February 15, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


'Jupiter Ascending' features a fuzzy plot

'Jupiter Ascending,' rated PG-13, 2 1/2 stars

February 15, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


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