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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


'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


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'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


Oscar-nominated 'Song of the Sea' animates Irish-Scottish legend

A lot of eyebrows raised last month when “The Lego Movie” failed to make the short list of films nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. It’s hard to find an animated movie from 2014 that had more of an impact, but somehow the celebrated homage didn’t make the cut.

February 14, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Family movies highlight an array of vintage titles on video this week

A pair of TV movies aimed at families, a golden oldie that should please jazz buffs, a reissue of Disney’s animated classic “101 Dalmatians” and a “Peanuts” theatrical feature arrive on home video this week.

February 14, 2015 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | Things to Do


Spider-Man coming to the MCU: What that does and doesn't mean

It’s finally happened: Spider-Man will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

February 14, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Things to Do


Visuals good in 'Jupiter Ascending;' story isn't

"Jupiter Ascending" is the latest film from the Wachowskis, the dynamic sibling duo who brought us the "Matrix" trilogy and the criminally underrated "Cloud Atlas." "Jupiter Ascending" is not nearly in the same league as those films, but it might be passable enough to become a guilty pleasure in the future. Or not.

February 13, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do


The jury's still out on 'Better Call Saul'

In October 2013, I wrote a column about the AMC television series “Breaking Bad” that lamented the moral problems of rooting for the bad guy. Upon reading my column, my sister called me and took me to task. She insisted I was dead wrong about the show, and she asked how much of it I had watched. I told her I was only done with the first couple of seasons.

February 13, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


Worldwide ticket sales shake up Hollywood box office figures

At the end of December, the biggest film of 2014 was “Guardians of the Galaxy." But that changed during the first month of 2015 when a latecomer, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” climbed to the top.

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


A black and white Valentine's Day: classic movies about love

Love and laughter seem to go hand in hand, and these classic black-and-white films can make even the most hardhearted person chuckle about the funny things lovers go through.

February 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Reid Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


New movies on video this week are led by ‘Alexander’s’ very bad day

A Disney family comedy leads new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

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


Five for Families: ‘SpongeBob’ contains moral elements

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 13, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Things to Do


Julianne Moore wrestles with Alzheimer's in powerful 'Still Alice'

“Still Alice” is not an easy film to watch, but it is a movie well worth seeing.

February 13, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


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