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5 movies to watch during Black History Month

February might be more strongly associated by some with Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day), but the entire month is also dedicated to celebrating black history. Luckily, there is no shortage of great cinema involving African-American culture, struggles and accomplishments. From classics such as “Glory” and “Roots” to less obvious fare like “In the Heat of the Night,” there is something for every taste.

February 06, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


'Project Almanac' and its shaky cam are visually exhausting

'Project Almanac' (rated PG-13), 2½ stars

February 06, 2015 | Doug Wright Deseret News | Things to Do


The Super Bowl commercials were a mixed bag

I married a woman from Port Angeles, Washington, and we are consequently raising five diehard Seattle Seahawks fans, who have made it much harder for me to ignore the football game taking place between the Super Bowl commercials these past two years.

February 06, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret Media Companies | Things to Do


'SpongeBob Out of Water' is a wacky comic ride

It’s been over a decade since a talking yellow sponge made the leap from television to the big screen in 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Usually a delay that long isn’t a good sign for a sequel, but fans of this zany Nickelodeon cartoon can rest assured: Your hero may still be underwater, but he's not watered down.

February 06, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


Muddled 'Jupiter Ascending' wasn't worth the wait

It’s never a good sign when a movie gets its release date pushed back. Unfortunately, “Jupiter Ascending,” a film originally slated for last summer, is not the exception to that rule.

February 06, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | Things to Do


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


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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


Great nerdy heroes from the movies

NERD TOWN — Last weekend welcomed the release of SpongeBob Squarepants’ second trip to the silver screen. The new movie, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” won at the box office with a No. 1 spot and an estimated $56 million. The movie offers up laughs and a hero in the form of a nerd.

February 13, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Things to Do


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