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Justice League: Gods and Monsters- Not your parents Trinity

DC Comics has long had a multiverse for their heroes to play in, and in some of these “alternate realities” writers were able to play with characters outside of main title continuity. Thus we were able to get such Elseworlds stories like Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman visits Victorian London during the time of Jack the Ripper, or Superman: Red Son, where the Man of Steel was raised by Russian farmers in the Soviet Union instead of the Kents in Kansas. These stories turned tropes on their heads and gave us an alternate look at iconic characters in a way they might have been had their origins been a bit different. Now the DC Animated universe gives us one of these Elseworld stories in the form of Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Working from a story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Se...

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Summer movies- August releases

Summer may start winding down in August but there are still some good movies heading towards your local cineplex. Last year we had the big surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Will another film break out in similar fashion? We shall see. This is not a list of every single movie coming in August, just the major releases. So grab some popcorn, and let’s see what’s coming.


The Fantastic Four

Though a Marvel property, Marvel Studios and Disney aren’t behind this reboot, as 20th Century Fox still holds the rights. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm were last seen on screen in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now director Josh Trank (Chronicle) takes us back to the beginning...

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New releases for the week of Monday, July 27, 2015

Not a lot of big releases for this final week of July, but some of note. The adventure game remake King’s Quest kicks things off with its first chapter “A Knight to Remember”. “Dark Room”, the penultimate chapter for Life is Strange, launches this week, as does the remastered version of Legend of Kay and the RPG Lost Dimension. On the home video front we get an alternate universe in the DC animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons plays an alien who befriends a young girl in the family friendly flick Home. On the big screen, the Griswolds hit the road again in a remake of the Chevy Chase classic comedy Vacation, and Tom Cruise once again performs mind boggling stunts as the IMF tackles a shadowy organization in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation...

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Journey the PS4 experience- Still magical three years later

When thatgamecompany released Journey onto the PS3 in 2012, critics and gamers alike took to the simple yet enchanting trek across the sands to a light in a distant mountain. It topped many Game of the Year lists that year, despite it being an indie title and not an extravagant, action packed AAA game. For many the two hour experience (and be assured, it is more of an experience than a game) transcended those found in other games, running players through a gamut of emotions, from curiosity to wonder to fear to sadness and then to joy. It was profound in itself when you took the journey alone, but it gained even more should you happen upon a companion...

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Life is Strange hits 1 million in sales, Episode 4 releases next week

The episodic time manipulating game Life is Strange has hit the 1 million mark in sales for Square Enix and developer Dontnod Entertainment. Coming with the news announcing the sales figures was the date we can expect the next installment. Episode 4, titled “Dark Room”, will be available next week, on Tuesday, July 28, for the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

According to the episode’s synopsis, Max “pushes the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Rachel Amber and the strange happenings in Arcadia Bay into unexplored and daunting territory. As the End of the World party approaches, Max must use her powers to put all the pieces of the puzzle in place.”

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Rise of the Tomb Raider expanding to other platforms in 2016

Turns out that Rise of the Tomb Raider will only be an Xbox exclusive for a year. Square Enix announced today that the sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider will be expanding to PC and PS4 in 2016. Those getting the game on PC will get it a little earlier, with the title said to be being released in “early 2016″ on Steam. The console exclusivity will continue until “holiday 2016″, when the game will then make the leap onto the PS4.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to hit store shelves on November 10 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur gets a new trailer

The next movie from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur, has a new trailer out. Check it out below.

The movie follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and his adventures as he makes an unlikely friend. The rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale), Steve Zahn (A Perfect Getaway), A.J. Buckley (Happy Feet), Anna Paquin (X-Men), Sam Elliot (Tombstone), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Marcus Scribner (Black-ish), and Jack Bright (America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back). The film is being directed by Peter Sohn, an animator making his full feature length directorial debut. Sohn worked on other Pixar movies such as Brave, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo.

The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on November 25.

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SPECTRE- New trailer showing James Bond back in action

MGM has released a full trailer for the latest installment in the James Bond franchise titled SPECTRE. The film has Bond taking on a sinister organization that threatens the world. Take a look below.

Daniel Craig once again steps into the shoes of 007, and Sam Mendes returns in the director’s chair from the previous Bond film Skyfall. Also returning are Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Joining the proceedings are cast members Monica Belluci (Matrix Reloaded), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol).

SPECTRE opens in theaters on November 6.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter- A mystery that’s both rewarding and frustrating

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of those rare games that separates itself from the pack in offering players no hand holding. While many will say this is a good thing, there is such a thing as going a bit too far. It would be one thing if the game had you uncover clues to point you in the right direction. That would at least give you some idea as to where to go or what to do next. But developer The Astronauts offers no such coddling. It’s completely up to the player to explore and find his way, even though that means by the end the player may have to backtrack to find something he missed. You need to find everything for the game to trigger the ending, which, while decent, isn’t so fantastic that it feels rewarding for making you backtrack...

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New releases for the week of Monday, July 20, 2015

Not a lot of major releases this week, but there are some of note. Batgirl becomes playable for those who opted out of Arkham Knight’s season pass, and episode 5 of Telltale Games Game of Thrones releases this week. Two previous digital releases, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and Zombie Army Trilogy, become available on retail disc, and Journey makes the leap onto the PS4. No real major titles on home video this week, though there are a couple of anime series- Soul Eater Not and Blazblue: Alter Memory. Hitting theaters this week is the Adam Sandler sci-fi comedy Pixels, the horror thriller The Vatican Tapes, and the comedy drama Paper Towns. Time to go off to the list and, as always, release dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Batgirl: A Matter of Family (DLC Batman: Ark...

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