Here in the second full week of February it’s a busy one for zombie slaying, assassins, ninjas, and a cute little guy made of yarn that goes on a journey. And one crazy red suited ninja assassin type guy who loves chimichangas. Last year’s surprise hit zombie/parkour game Dying Light gets both a huge expansion this week and a special edition on disc containing all the DLC. The Following expansion contains a map that’s bigger than the original game, with plenty of open space to traverse in your souped up dune buggy modified to mow down the walking dead. The expansion can be purchased separately, as part of the season pass, or as part of the nifty Enhanced Edition of the game...Read More
A new month begins, and with it comes a slew of all new gaming experiences. It’s time to gather your forces to stave off those nasty extraterrestrials in XCOM 2. The dizzying action game Gravity Rush makes the jump from the Vita to the PS4 in a remastered version. Cute monsters and detective collide in Digimon Story Cybersleuth. And 4 new maps to wage mayhem on plus a new ground for zombie slaying arrives with The Awakening, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. On the home video front we get the espionage thriller Bridge of Spies from director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks along with Vin Diesel’s fantasy action flick The Last Witch Hunter...Read More
Some major releases are hitting consoles, handhelds, and PC in this last week of January. Marvel’s Avengers get the LEGO treatment, so expect plenty of collectibles and bricks to smash and reassemble. Rise of the Tomb Raider debuts on PC this week along with getting its first story driven DLC called Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. This War of Mine: The Little Ones brings a different perspective to human conflict to the PS4 and Xbox One. The puzzle exploration game The Witness arrives on PS4 and PC, and Final Fantasy characters from across the franchise come together in Final Fantasy Explorers on the 3DS. The Jack Black family friendly horror comedy Goosebumps arrives on home video this week along with the critically acclaimed thriller The Assassin and the cooking drama Burnt...Read More
Director Michael Bay is known for blowing lots of things up in his movies, from drug lord compounds in Bad Boys to giant robots in the Transformers series. Along with the explosions we have also become accustomed to his use of slow motion walking, the American flag waving in the wind, and plenty of military man speak between characters. So, in one sense, who better than Bay to bring Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attacks on the US consulate and CIA station in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 to the big screen? The story itself plays right into Bay’s strengths as a filmmaker, allowing him to use all of his typical flourishes and shameless emotion manipulating scenes. Tough talking military guys? Check. Superior officials giving orders to be ignored and proved wrong? Check...Read More
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the upcoming comic book movie Suicide Squad. The trailer is nicely set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Check it out below.
Suicide Squad stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Ben Affleck as Batman, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jared Leto as Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Karen Fukuhara as Katana. The film is written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch).
Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 5.
While no new major releases are heading for your game consoles yet, this week still has a nice selection on tap. Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 get the HD treatment for the PS4 and Xbox One in the Resident Evil Origins Collection. The PC game Homeworld gets an expansion with Deserts of Kharak, and A Boy and His Blob get the HD treatment for the PC, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One. On the home video front we get a couple of ‘inspired by true events” tales, one in the form of the survival adventure movie Everest and the rap biopic Straight Outta Compton. Hitting theaters this week is the alien invasion flick The 5th Wave, the raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa, and the horror movie The Boy. Time to get to this week’s list and, as always, release dates are subject to change.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Westerns have long been a staple of Hollywood, and while many have employed beautiful cinematography, few are as uncompromising and brutal as Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant. Based on the true story of Hugh Glass (based in part on a novel by Michael Punke), the movie takes place in the 1820s during a fur trapping expedition during which glass is attacked and mauled by a female grizzly protecting her cubs. That scene, along with the opening attack on the expedition by a group of Arikara Indians, sets the tone early on in the film, pitting extreme violence against the beautiful scenery.What follows is an incredible tale of survival as Glass, who is left for dead, makes his way back...Read More
There are certain things by now one comes to expect from a Quentin Tarantino movie. We expect quirky but well defined characters, entertaining dialogue, homages to other movies, and some violence, which can often be brutal. There are at times even statements about current events and life in general hidden among the satiric comments and pointed conversations. For his eighth feature (counting both volumes of Kill Bill as one movie), The Hateful Eight has all of these things. And once again, Tarantino delivers a movie that is somewhat familiar yet can turn a genre on its head, filled with some very humorous yet pointed diatribes touching on all manner of subjects, including vigilante justice and race relations...Read More
A few offerings on tap this week for gamers, though all are digital releases. The next installment of the 2.5D sidescroller Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, this one set in India, arrives this week for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One. The Banner Saga makes its way from PC to consoles, as does the critically acclaimed tale Gone Home. There’s even an offering for the Ouya (remember that platform?) with the game That Dragon, Cancer. Ridley Scott’s The Martian arrives on home video this week as does the animated monster mash comedy Hotel Transylvania 2 and the horror sequels Sinister 2 and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. On the big screen this week is Michael Bay’s look at the Benghazi attack in 13 Hours along with the animated Norm of the North and the action comedy Ride Along 2...Read More
The juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to topple records at the box office. In just 20 days since its opening, the J. J. Abrams directed film has grossed $758.2 million in North America, and will easily surpass the $760.5 million made by previous record holder James Cameron’s Avatar. Avatar had topped off around $750 million after its initial 7 month run following its release to theaters in December of 2009, and then made an additional $10 million from a rerelease. The Force Awakens made $8 million alone yesterday, and has topped the box office each weekend since its release on December 18. It hit a billion dollars in world wide ticket sales in 12 days, just beating Jurassic World, which did it in 13.
To date Star Wars: The Force Awakens has raked in $1...Read More