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A black and white Valentine’s Day: Romantic movies from the past

These films from the 1930s and 1940s can help imbue the spirit of romance into the Valentine’s holiday.

Rudd hits the road in comic 'Fundamentals of Caring'

“The Fundamentals of Caring” is a solid buddy movie that uses some genuinely funny moments to underscore a poignant message about friendship and dealing with the cards life has dealt you. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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'Land of Mine' is a violent and heartbreaking portrait of forgiveness

“Land of Mine” only has a fraction of the gore that has defined war films like “Saving Private Ryan,” but its sparse violence is almost harder to take. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Game Salute's Nothing Personal game review: Influence is power

The game Nothing Personal by Game Salute is a legend in its time. Based on the 80s board game hit Kremlin, the game is reimagined with a crime family theme. Designers Steven Avery and Tom Vasel... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Game review: R&R Games' Mombasa is a masterpiece at the heart of Africa

Africa has often been called the undiscovered country. From the 15th to the 20th century, expeditions to Africa held opportunities to exploit the resources of the land. Mombasa is a strategy board... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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A 'freight train of comedy': Mel Brooks' 'The Producers' is coming to Capitol Theatre Feb. 2-7

The shifty "Producers" will bring Mel Brooks' trademark comedy to the Capitol Theatre stage Feb. 2-7. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Book review: ‘Caretaker’ is fantastic science fiction about true love, devotion

When a man and woman realize their 50-year journey into space won’t take place as originally planned, they are faced with personal and interstellar repercussions in the novel "Caretaker." Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Book review: 'Hammerhead Six' offers thrilling, positive look at wartime Afghanistan

In 2003, a U.S. Special Forces unit based out of Utah journeyed to Afghanistan. It fought the Taliban with understanding — and won as shared in "Hammerhead Six." Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Author Marissa Meyer offers new Lunar Chronicles tales in 'Stars Above'

Marissa Meyer, the author of the Lunar Chronicles young adult fantasy series, is releasing “Stars Above,” a new collection of short stories about the characters from her popular novels. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Book review: 'The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde' shows appearances can be deceiving

When the Monster Alarm rings, the Princess in Black and her steed, Blacky, find that bunnies have come from Monster Land but don't look threatening. But appearances may not be what they seem in... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Book review: 'Bands of Mourning' is a lighter but thought-provoking addition to Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series

Author Brandon Sanderson's steampunk world is already imaginative but becomes even more so with the addition of new technology and an archaeology expedition that Indiana Jones would approve of in... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Kohl's Cares features books from Leo Lionni

Books from author/illustrator Leo Lionni with coordinating plush toys are available through the Kohl’s Cares program through early April. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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In latest fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like progeny

Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? "Child angel" dolls, the latest craze in Thailand. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Luke Skywalker has something to learn from parents

After seeing the new Star Wars movie, it looks like the Jedi have something to learn from parents. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Education makes the difference with an architect

As in the medical industry, there are different levels of education and specialties within the realm of home design and architecture. Hiring an architect is like hiring a cardiologist for your... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Downton Abbey, ‘Show Me a Hero,’ ’12 Monkeys’ on Blu-ray, DVD

The engrossing HBO drama “Show Me a Hero” is on Blu-ray and DVD, along with “12 Monkeys,” a time-travel series — but this week’s big draw is “Downton... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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'The Eagle Huntress' captures the beauty and culture of remote Mongolia

"The Eagle Huntress" is a new documentary that follows the pioneering efforts of a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan, who wants to be the world's first female Eagle Hunter. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Carney's 'Sing Street' is a heartwarming musical tribute to 1980s pop

“Sing Street” is about a 15-year-old boy who forms a band so he can impress a girl. The film is a portrait of a beloved decade, an essay on the struggles of a family and evidence of how... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Creative animation and positive messages make 'Kung Fu Panda 3' a fun family option

If you enjoyed the first two "Kung Fu Panda" movies, chances are you'll like this one, too. “Kung Fu Panda 3” is a stylistic and creative extension of a unique franchise. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Harrowing action bolsters heroic true story in 'The Finest Hours'

“The Finest Hours” is a solid movie about a remarkable true story: the rescue of 32 crew members of a stranded oil freighter off the coast of Massachusetts in the early 1950s. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Snow White’ is being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD next week

Disney’s animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, and a number of other vintage titles are on DVD for the first time. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Five for Families: Winter flicks to keep kids entertained

If freezing temperatures aren't your cup of hot chocolate, grab some popcorn, hot cocoa and a blanket and enjoy some winter movies. Here are five movies to keep kids, and adults, entertained on a... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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The Bennett Blab demonstrated the value of social media

Our experience producing a family newsletter demonstrates the value and power of social media. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Reports that the Western is dead have been greatly exaggerated

Westerns are not dead, but they are infrequent and filled with disappointments as they embrace 21st-century sensibilities. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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'American Idol’ Hollywood Week begins; some LDS contestants continue to next round

Amber Lynn Stoppel, Bri Ray, Jenn Blosil and John Wayne Schulz have made it on to the second round of Hollywood Week. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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FoxMind Games reviews: Maze Racers, Go Bong, Last Mouse Lost

A cool aspect to games is their power to inspire the creative mind. Some games are designed to teach new concepts, deepen creative thinking or provide a puzzle to overcome. FoxMind Games creates... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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A rewrite or two might have helped dysfunctional family dramedy 'The Hollars'

"The Hollars" has just enough going for it to make you wish it were better. Unfortunately, this Sundance 2016 feature feels more like the first draft of what will eventually become a much better... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Disney combats autism in inspiring documentary 'Life, Animated'

Disney's role in the lives of children around the world is indisputable, but the company would be hard-pressed to find a better example to be proud of than the autistic subject of "Life, Animated." Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Film academy reforms spark new round of protests

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and nominees, another uproar has erupted around... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Herzog explores the pros and cons of technology in fascinating 'Lo and Behold'

Werner Herzog could probably get people to pay to listen to him read out of a phone book. But when you combine that voice with great content, you get one of the highlights of this year’s... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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'Little Gangster' is a charming and insightful father-son comedy

"Little Gangster" is a film that will put a smile on your face, and frequently. It isn’t able to sustain the laugh-out-loud pace of its first 30 minutes, but there are more than enough great... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Sundance film shows realities behind social media use and sexual assault

Technology and social media can make sexual assault worse for survivors. But it can also be a bridge to healing and a platform to tell their stories. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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UTubers: Peter Hollens releases a cappella 'Loch Lomond'

The traditional Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond” took an a cappella twist in Peter Hollens’ latest YouTube video. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: The long road to parenting payout

Parenting is a lot like learning the violin. It can take years to hear the music. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Book review: New book outlines how to become spiritually 'Unstuck'

Typically, a book about the Savior, overcoming sin and redemption doesn't include quotes from prophets and rock bands. However, in his book,"Unstuck: How the Savior Frees Us From Our Favorite... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Recreational sports are the foundation for greater things to come

Recently, my husband signed up two of our boys for a recreational sport in the form of Jr. Jazz Basketball — affectionately called “monkey ball.” As crazy as it is to play (and... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Souper Bowl of flavor is always a winner

Need a hearty meal that sticks to ribs? This slow-cooked stew will produce big reviews without a lot of effort. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Home-cooked and healthy: Food blogger, chefs offer advice for healthy meals at home

Sara Wells of Our Best Bites and chefs from the Park City Culinary Institute share tips for making healthy meals at home. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City celebrates 50th anniversary

The Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, now in its 50th season, brings in some of the biggest names in classical music for its concert series each year. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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'A visual extravaganza': Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company to perform Alwin Nikolais compilation 'Illusions' in S.L., then NYC

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform “Illusions,” a lively, bright compilation of the works of Alwin Nikolais, at Capitol Theatre on Jan. 29 and 30 before traveling to New York... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Abe Vigoda, sunken-eyed character actor, dead at 94

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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'Swiss Army Man' befuddles as it muses on life and flatulence

In the opening sequence of "Swiss Army Man," actor Paul Dano pilots a human jet ski across the ocean on the power of its flatulence. The human jet ski is a dead body played by Daniel Radcliffe,... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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4 video games from 2015 that may be of interest to families

These four games were released at various points in 2015 but are still good options for families to consider post-holidays. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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'No Excuses' tells gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond's story of faith, success despite trials

"No Excuses" tells the story of Aimee Walker-Pond, an elite gymnast who defeated all odds to fulfill her dreams of becoming an elite gymnast despite the fact that she is deaf and blind in one eye. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Book review: ‘Audrey and Bill’ tells of romance, heartbreak of Hollywood’s greatest stars

The story of a whirlwind romance between two of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, is told in Edward Z. Epstein’s novel “Audrey and Bill.” Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Book review: 'Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread' is something you can't unread for better or worse

The author of "Fight Club" is back with a collection of short stories called "Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread." And just like the title suggests, these stories are often hard to unread. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Final twist can't save half-hearted 'The Boy'

A horror film has one job: it’s supposed to scare you. “The Boy” isn’t scary, and director William Brent Bell doesn’t do near enough elsewhere to make up for it. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Clinton courts youth with celebs, but many prefer Sanders

Hillary Clinton has a lot of celebrity pals on her side, like actress Lena Dunham and singers Katy Perry or Demi Lovato, the latter of whom belted out hits at a campaign concert at the University... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pathfinder Role-playing Game: In 'Bestiary 5' book, the new monsters have arrived

The monsters are back! And there are more than 300 of them. The Pathfinder Role-playing Game now has a fifth volume, "Bestiary 5," in the popular bestiary series, filled with brand-new fiends and... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Champions of Midgard board game review: A stellar Viking adventure story

At the core of a wonderful new Viking-themed game called Champions of Midgard from Grey Fox Games is the management of workers who perform different tasks in the game. It accommodates two to four... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book

"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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