Children’s book ‘Ferdinand’ jumps to screen nicely

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the animated film, "Ferdinand." (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

This holiday season, there’s all manner of conflict at your local movie theater — Jedis battling in the stars, Winston Churchill warring in Europe and Olympic athletes dueling on ice. And then there’s that 2,000-pound bull that refuses to fight.

‘Downsizing,’ a big-picture film about little people

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Matt Damon appears in a scene from "Downsizing." (Paramount Pictures via AP)

It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.

‘Jumanji’ sequel serves up stars, good hearted fun

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, “Jumanji” has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a “modern” twist. The result, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ,” is a very sweet, and generally entertaining body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself.

The Last Jedi-Backlash

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP)

NEW YORK — With glowing reviews from critics and $450.8 million of worldwide box office in the first three days of release of “The Last Jedi,” all would seem to be right in the “Star Wars” universe.

Taking Center Stage

Lindsey Stirling Courtesy BYU-Idaho

Lindsey Stirling and David Archuleta highlight Brigham Young University-Idaho’s 2018 winter semester Center Stage lineup, the school announced earlier this week.

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