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'Ratchet & Clank' has merit but can't compete with the big boys

It has enough high points to make it a reasonable second option for families who have already seen "Zootopia."

Book review: ‘Booked’ proves poetry can be cool, highly entertaining

Soccer-loving Nick has his sights on a cute girl in class. But when his parents separate and bullies make life hard, he relies on good friends and a few books. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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More to museums: Museum directors, curator say museums offer community meaningful opportunities

UMFA's Annie Burbidge Ream, UMOCA's Kristian Anderson and NHMU's Sarah George discuss how museums are evolving, and the innovative powers of art and education. Burbidge Ream was recently named the... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Book review: 'Shattered Hearts' is a raw, emotional and informative read

Utah author Stacy Lynn Carroll opens a discussion on pornography addiction and how it affects marriages with her fictional tale of shattered-but-healing hearts. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Desert Star cast kills with one-liners in murder mystery

The cast in Desert Star Playhouse's "Murder on the FrontRunner Express: A Clue-less Pyramid Scheme" kills with one-liners and goofy plot devices. The show plays through June 4. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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In ‘Cowgirls,’ six women work for harmony

"Cowgirls," Pioneer Theatre Company's latest musical, brings six women together to save a failing honky-tonk. It runs through April 9. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Chima returns to the Seven Realms with next-generation spinoff

With author Cinda Williams Chima giving her latest series the tagline of “Dragons, pirates and wizards behaving badly: Welcome to the Shattered Realms," readers can bet that the four-book... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Book review: 'H is for Hawk' takes readers through author's process of grieving, hawk training

Helen Macdonald's book braids three stories: recovering from her father's death, training a goshawk, and a history of falconry. With its lovely language and insights into an ancient hobby, and... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Vintage films with Eleanor Parker, Gong Li, Chuck Barris released this week

A pair of golden oldies starring Eleanor Parker, a Chinese film with Gong Li and Zhang Yimou, and Chuck Barris’ “Gong Show Movie” all make their home video debuts this week. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Heavy-handedness and excessive exposition ruin 'God's Not Dead 2'

The reconciliation of believers and nonbelievers is a noble goal, but it’s difficult to see how a film like this will help the process. Read more »

April 2, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A beloved vintage Western TV series is on DVD for the first time

“Death Valley Days,” a beloved vintage Western series, makes its DVD debut this week, some 60-plus years after its initial television run. Read more »

April 1, 2016

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'Batman v Superman' could have been worse

I walked into “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with full confidence that it was going to be dismal from beginning to end. So imagine how surprised I was when I discovered it... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Will Apple's FBI tussle take a bite out of the brand?

The revelation that the FBI was able to break into a secured iPhone without Apple's help won't take a bite out of Apple's brand reputation, but consumers will be looking for security improvements... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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North Carolina, still on my mind: 3 must-see attractions near Charlotte

Instead of Hawaii or Puerto Rico, last year's family vacation was spent in Charlotte, North Carolina, where we visited the scenic Chimney Rock, the historic Biltmore Estate and the exhilarating... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A CGI-enhanced chariot race cannot improve on 1959's 'Ben-Hur'

An upcoming remake of “Ben-Hur” appears to have enhanced the chariot race sequence with CGI, which is not unexpected. But will it look any better than the 1959 film? Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Dated 'Saturday's Warrior' takes fans back to the '70s

"Saturday's Warrior" feels like a time capsule of 1970s LDS popular culture. Its narrative, style, and music are evocative of its time. This makes it a great vehicle for nostalgia, but it also... Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Will Smith's 'Concussion' is among new movies on video this week

Will Smith wasn’t an Oscar nominee for “Concussion,” but he should have been. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Five for Families: Here are 5 unlikely heroes to cheer for in film

Cheer for the underdogs — or fish — as these unlikely heroes overcome obstacles to arrive victorious. Here are five unlikely hero-themed films for families to consider. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Creating 'community through film': Local film societies seek to give voice to independent film

Providing access to films and stories outside mainstream Hollywood is what several local film societies hope to do. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Star Wars family at Salt Lake FanX

Cool costumes cluttered last week's Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX event. And one family celebrated one of their favorite movies by going all out. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Deseret Book hosting authors, musicians general conference weekend

The Deseret Book tradition of the conference weekend “Ladies’ Night” events during the priesthood session continues at stores in Utah, Arizona and California. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Sherry Young: Memories, experiences with Disney, from movies to theme parks to internships

Think of wonderful thoughts like princesses, pixie dust, boys who fly and what do you get? Disney. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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33 of the best animated Disney movies

A look at 33 of Disney's top animated movies Read more »

March 30, 2016

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NRA adds guns, happier endings to famous fairy tales

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What's the moral of a reimagined children's story from the NRA? That fairy tales — and life — are better with guns. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 'Will you still need me when I’m 64?'

You remember the Beatles' song "When I'm Sixty-Four" — and the legitimate questions it asks. But way back when we first heard it, the questions seemed so hypothetical, so far in the future.... Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Cookbook review: 'Kitchen Meets Girl' shares recipes for 30 simple, delicious dinners

Food blogger Ashley Whitmore's cookbook "Kitchen Meets Girl" is a great resource for new cooks and experienced hands looking for inspiration. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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UTubers: Bored Shorts TV releases kid-narrated 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' trailer

On Monday, Bored Shorts TV released a trailer for the new movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Children narrate the trailer. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Photos: See the sights from Comic Con FanX 2016

Another Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event wrapped up last weekend with plenty of costumed participants, pop culture icons and notable guests providing ample photo opportunities. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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The Clean Cut: David Archuleta performs 'Don’t Give Up' with Madelyn Merchant

At a concert in Queen Creek, Arizona, David Archuleta performed a Peter Gabriel song, “Don’t Give Up,” with Madelyn Merchant. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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FanX's 'Doctor Who' panels features experiences of 3 Doctors

Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davison discussed how chaotic making "Doctor Who" can be at Salt Lake Comic Con's "The Doctor Who Ultimate FanXperience" on March 25. The panel... Read more »

March 28, 2016

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'Chasing a dream': Arts in higher education driven by student, community demand

UVU now helps more than 1,500 arts students find their way as they pursue passions in anything from modern dance to music to sculpture. But STEM fields can offer enticing alternatives for students... Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Book review: ‘The Secrets of Solace’ is a fantastic fantasy for middle grade readers and a delight for adults

When a girl, outcast by her peers, becomes friends with a mysterious boy, the two team up to help each other and the world in this riveting, adventurous fantasy. Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Utah author features Navajo characters, history in new science fiction thriller

When an alien spaceship crash-lands in the Midwest, Alice is forced to move to Minnesota so her father, who works for NASA, can study the aliens. Alice is also half Navajo, and her culture and... Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Book review: 'Painters of Grand Teton National Park' highlights 370 original paintings

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what nearly 400 paintings in the new art book "Painters of Grand Teton National Park" could say to you. This lush, new, oversize volume of nature's... Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Zombie fans are happily taking over FanX

Between an immersive trip through "The Walking Dead Experience" and promotion for the upcoming SyFy flick "Dead 7," Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX event is being overrun by delighted zombie enthusiasts. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Desert Star Playhouse rides the FrontRunner in new musical murder mystery

“Murder on the FrontRunner Express: A Clue-less Pyramid Scheme,” a classic train mystery and pyramid scheme expose written by Ed Farnsworth and directed by Scott Holman, runs through... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Gritty 'Batman v Superman' swaps the Marvel fun factor for DC darkness (+Points for parents)

The dark, brute force of director Zack Snyder’s Batman-Superman showdown throws down the big screen gauntlet, but in spite of some entertaining moments, “Dawn of Justice” still... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Chris Hicks: G-rated movies may officially be a thing of the past

Of some 300 movies released around the country last year, only three were rated G — two documentaries and a cartoon — which may be an indication that G-rated movies are on the way out. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Game review: Area 1851: Pioneers, aliens and gadgets, oh my

Area 1851 is a weird, fun and fanciful board game about building gadgets and placing workers in order to score the most points (reputation) by the end of the game. It gives two to five players a 60... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Buzz Aldrin delights FanX crowd with tales from the moon, goals for Mars

Buzz Aldrin became the first astronaut to attend Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX event Thursday, signing books and detailing his historic mission to the moon to a cheering crowd. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Haphazard 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' means well but needs some focus (+Points for parents)

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is a pretty accurate reflection of the chaotic family at its core. There’s plenty of charm and more than a few sweet moments thrown into the mix, but... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Garry Shandling, comic, 'Larry Sanders Show' creator, dies (+Reactions)

Garry Shandling, who as an actor and comedian masterminded a brand of self-inflicted phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Five for Families: Easter-themed movies to enjoy with the family

As the family gathers this holiday for brunch and egg hunts, enjoy some light-hearted, family-friendly flicks. Here are five Easter-themed films for families to consider. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Chris Hicks: The final Hunger Games movie is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

The final Hunger Games movie, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, as is the complete “Freaks and Geeks” TV series, and after a long wait, the last... Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Season 2 of 'Daredevil' is drowning in blood

The religious elements that made season one of Marvel's "Daredevil" series so interesting are largely absent this time around, while the violence and bloodshed have been amped up considerably. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Rachel Platten brings 'Fight Song' to S.L.

Rachel Platten will perform "Fight Song" and other hits from her album "Wildfire" on Saturday, March 26, at The Depot in Salt Lake City. Platten is a 34-year-old singer-songwriter who has been... Read more »

March 24, 2016

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25 things you might not know about Wonder Woman

The Amazon warrior is celebrating her 75th birthday this year with her first ever big screen appearance in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." Get up to speed with these interesting facts about... Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: The ageless appeal of superheroes: What effect do superhero stories have on audiences?

Hollywood is rolling out superhero movies in rapid succession, and kids and adults don't seem to be complaining. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Salt Lake Comic Con aiming high with FanX event

With its latest FanX pop culture convention, Salt Lake Comic Con is aiming for an out-of-this-world event. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Creative FanX lineup expands appeal to all kinds of aficionados

Cartoon characters. Astronauts. Boy bands. Zombies. Salt Lake Comic Con is thinking out of the box with the guest lineup for next week's FanX event. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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