It has enough high points to make it a reasonable second option for families who have already seen "Zootopia."
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"Cowgirls," Pioneer Theatre Company's latest musical, brings six women together to save a failing honky-tonk. It runs through April 9. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"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 »
Will Smith wasn’t an Oscar nominee for “Concussion,” but he should have been. Read more »
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 »
Providing access to films and stories outside mainstream Hollywood is what several local film societies hope to do. Read more »
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 »
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 »
Think of wonderful thoughts like princesses, pixie dust, boys who fly and what do you get? Disney. Read more »
A look at 33 of Disney's top animated movies Read more »
What's the moral of a reimagined children's story from the NRA? That fairy tales — and life — are better with guns. Read more »
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 »
Food blogger Ashley Whitmore's cookbook "Kitchen Meets Girl" is a great resource for new cooks and experienced hands looking for inspiration. Read more »
On Monday, Bored Shorts TV released a trailer for the new movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Children narrate the trailer. Read more »
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 »
At a concert in Queen Creek, Arizona, David Archuleta performed a Peter Gabriel song, “Don’t Give Up,” with Madelyn Merchant. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Information for parents about the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." Read more »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
With its latest FanX pop culture convention, Salt Lake Comic Con is aiming for an out-of-this-world event. Read more »
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 »
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Talisman is a classic fantasy board game with a strong fan following. Two to six players travel a fantasy realm trying to reach the crown of command to destroy each other. This review takes a look... Read more »
The recent release of "The Jungle Book," continues the line of live-action Disney films, adapted from classic tales. The lavish scenery makes for a realistic adventure. Here are five live-action... Read more »
The long-awaited fourth installment in Maggie Stiefvater's best-selling Raven Cycle paranormal series, “The Raven King,” was released April 26. Read more »
Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn visits Pioneer Theatre Company ahead of U.S. professional premiere of musical 'The Count of Monte Cristo'
Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn recently paid a visit to Pioneer Theatre Company as it was preparing to stage the U.S. professional premiere of his musical "The Count of Monte Cristo." The show... Read more »
Utah Opera is preparing to finish its 2015-16 season with Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," which will run May 7-15 at Capitol Theatre. Read more »
Video game adaptation 'Ratchet & Clank' has merit but can't compete with the big boys (+Points for parents)
"Ratchet and Clank" has enough high points to make it a reasonable second option for families who have already taken the kids to "Zootopia" or the new "Jungle Book," but on its own it struggles to... Read more »
Steven and his family have been having a hard time in the weeks since the baby was born unhealthy. When a mysterious figure appears with a solution in his dreams, Steven has to decide what price he... Read more »
In its haste to account for the perils of family, "Mother's Day" never quite manages to celebrate motherhood. Families are made up of imperfect people, but Marshall's film feels more like a... Read more »
Utah horror author Dan Wells discusses his fascination with serial killers, the concepts of right and wrong, and his upcoming book "Over Your Dead Body," the fifth installment in the John Cleaver... Read more »
The low-budget, independent film “East Side Sushi,” a sweet little movie that deserves to be seen, is on DVD this week. Read more »
With five Grammy nominations in four years, the Fred Hersch Trio is bringing its award-winning music to the Rose Wagner Theatre. Read more »
The epitome of cinematic sophistication, Hollywood superstar Cary Grant is the subject of a new DVD box set with 18 of his earliest movies. Read more »
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