A wide variety of choices awaits us in this first full week of October. Budding musicians can rock out with Rock Band 4. Explorers can take off for the stars in Elite Dangerous. The robots in disguise throw down in the brawler Transformers Devastation. And those liking a bit of strategy with their RPGs can dive into Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance. Magic Mike XXL dances its way onto home video, along with the indie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Fans of animation get When Marnie Was There from Studio Ghibli, and in getting in the spirit of the Halloween holiday at the end of the month two horror themed TV shows, American Horror Story and Penny Dreadful, release their last seasons this week...Read More
The spy genre has always been ripe for spoofing, going back to the Matt Helm movies in the 60s to Spy Hard with Leslie Nielsen, and now joining that list is 2015’s Spy starring Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and directed by Paul Feig (The Heat). The movie again teams McCarthy with director Feig, who worked together before on Bridesmaids and the Heat as well as the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, with the same, often funny and at times crude results. Feig seems to bring out the best in McCarthy, as her best work on the big screen has been in his films, and Spy is no different. It produces plenty of laughs along with a fair amount of good action scenes, only occasionally misstepping when it delves into overly raunchy material...Read More
In 1982, Steven Spielberg, serving as producer and script writer, and director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) joined forces to scare audiences with the story of the the Freeling family as they unwittingly lived in a house built upon an old cemetery, and the ghosts of the departed decided to intrude in a not so pleasant fashion. The movie spawned two sequels and added to Hollywood lore of untimely deaths of cast members (Dominique Dunn, who played the oldest daughter Dana in the 1982 film was strangled by her boyfriend, and young Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol Anne, the little girl kidnapped by the angry spirits, died of an unusual illness after completing filming Poltergeist III in 1988)...Read More
You may notice that this week’s entry begins on Sunday. That’s because the latest in the “toys brought to life” genre is releasing on Sunday. LEGO Dimensions is following the lead provided by Skylanders and Disney Infinity, so you can jump right in with a whole new set of toys to collect and then play digitally. Basketball fans get their choice of two games this week, with NBA2K16 getting its general release along with NBA Live 16. Skateboarders can pull off their tricks in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and motorcycle enthusiasts can race in Ride. The cast of Persona 4 goes Dancing All Night on the Vita, and PC users can collect all of the Fallout games to date in an anthology in preparation for Fallout 4 in November...Read More
Sports titles (two reality based and one pure fantasy) dominate as we go into this final full week of September. FIFA 16 hits Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles as well as PC, and for those who preordered the game NBA2K16 is available Friday (general release for the game follows on Tuesday, September 29). For those who real sports can get too boring, there’s Blood Bowl II. The 3DS gets something for Animal Crossing fans with Happy Home Designer, and the horror game SOMA chills the PS4 and PC. On the home video front, the girls are back for more competitive singing in Pitch Perfect 2, and CW’s DC shows, Arrow and The Flash, have full seasons available to join your home collection...Read More
Disney released a teaser trailer for its live adaptation of The Jungle Book. Take a look below.
The live action movie is being directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli. The film also features the voices of Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Bill Murray (Baloo), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Emjay Anthony (Gray), and Christopher Walken (King Louie).
The film is set to hit theaters on April 15, 2016.Read More
Another big release week coming your way, even including an odd Sunday release with Skylanders SuperChargers. Bungie brings their biggest expansion yet to Destiny with The Taken King, Metal Gear Solid V comes to PC, and race fans can get their speed fix with the Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 6. Hockey fans on both current and last gen consoles can indulge themselves on the digital ice, with current gen consoles getting NHL 16 and last gen getting NHL: Legacy Edition. And if hockey isn’t your sport of choice, you could always play Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. The acclaimed platformer Shovel Knight gets free DLC this week in the form of Plague of Shadows, which adds a new character and all new challenges...Read More
Nintendo hasn’t put much out lately for the Wii U, but they make up for it this week in one of their biggest releases for the year, Super Mario Maker, which lets players crate their own levels for the platforming plumber. Tearaway makes its move from the Playstation Vita to the PS4 in the expanded title Tearaway Unfolded, and Dragon Age: Inquisition gets its final story DLC in Trespasser. On the home video front we get the romance fantasy The Age of Adeline, the horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and full seasons for Homeland, Supernatural, and Gotham. On the big screen Sanaa Latham deals with The Perfect Guy and M. Night Shyamalan returns to horror with his take on going to see the grandparents in The Visit...Read More
Horror film master Wes Craven was reported dead on Sunday after a long fight with brain cancer. The famed director, born in 1939, was 76 years old. The news was announced by his family, and he is survived by his current wife Iya Labunka, a producer and former vice president of Disney Studios, and his children, Jonathan and Jessica, from his marriage to Bonnie Broecker.
Craven was known for having films that featured strong female lead characters and a brutal depiction of violence. He began his directorial career with the 1972 film The Last House on the Left (he also served as producer on the 2009 remake)...Read More
A big week for the beginning of September, with a couple of huge releases onto consoles. One quick note before we start: Last week I had the release date for Disney Infinity 3.0 as Friday, August 28. It is in fact launching on Sunday, August 30. Now that that’s clarified, we can take a look at this week’s releases. This week we get the final collaboration between Konami and Hideo Kojima. Their fallout has been much publicized and discussed, and so it may be a bit bittersweet that Kojima’s final entry to the Metal Gear franchise will be on store shelves Tuesday. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain follows up the events from Ground Zeroes and fills in that final gap in the story which began back in 1987...Read More