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Weekend Box Office: Sequels Scare Up Decent Business
23 October 2016 11:46 AM, PDT
Another trio of sequels settled into multiplexes across North America this weekend as Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween emerged the victor. Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back scored decent numbers in second while Universal’s Ouija: Origin of Evil saw moderate success in third. Each of these openings was positively spectacular in comparison to the atrocious start for Fox’s Keeping Up with the Joneses.
The top ten showed some life this weekend, up 29% over last year at this time. Pre-Halloween activities may suck the life out of the box office next weekend but that dip will be short lived as Doctor Strange arrives on the scene November 4th.
It’s been two years since a film directed by Tyler Perry has hit movie screens and three years since one has featured his alter ego, Madea. This weekend saw the return of both Perry the filmmaker and »
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review: Never Go Forward, Either
22 October 2016 1:50 PM, PDT
Jack Reacher has had quite an interesting history. The books series by Lee Child has over 20 installments of novels, novellas, and short stories, and is beloved worldwide by action-fiction fans. When Tom Cruise was originally cast as Reacher for 2012's Jack Reacher film, purists were up in arms, as Reacher was described as tall and blond -- two things that Tom Cruise is not. But the film went on change critics' minds as Cruise nailed the role and the film made over $250 million worldwide. Now, the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, looks to extend that box office fortune, but the critical love may be coming up blanks this time out.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes the plot of the 18th book in the series (the first film was actually the ninth book) and brings Jack (Cruise) back to Washington, D.C., to meet up with his replacement, Major »
ClusterTruck Review: a trucking good time!
21 October 2016 1:44 PM, PDT
In a world full of overly complicated games with highly detailed graphics comes ClusterTruck. A simple if silly idea, ClusterTruck, from LandFall Games, has players leap from moving trucks without touching the ground to a designated finish line. Sound easy? It’s not, it's trucking difficult.
ClusterTruck at its core is a first person parkour physics game that relies on players having quick problem solving skills, and even quicker reflexes. Players start each level on top of a basic white semi-trailer truck. These trucks move almost like cattle, funneling into places, or even falling off cliffs as you jump from one to another. All the while obstacles for both the trucks and the player get in the way. If you touch anything other than a truck, the whole level resets. The levels are each fairly short and with as many times players will die and have to restart, that is a good thing. »
Mantis Burn Racing Review: The Little Engines That Could
19 October 2016 12:36 PM, PDT
I love a good racing game. Whether it is a realistic sim, like a Forza Motorsport game, or cartoony arcade racer like Mario Kart, zooming around a track and trying to be No. 1 is a thrilling, fun experience that resonates with humanity's need to be the best. In the new game Mantis Burn Racing, from developer VooFoo Studios, out now for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, racing takes on a different, classic perspective for an amazing, full-featured run through a racing circuit that harkens back to games like Rc Pro Am, all the while utilizing new technology and powerful processors to deliver a stellar good time.
Mantis Burn Racing has all features of a big Aaa game, in such a tiny package. The cars are tiny on the screen, and the tracks/maps are just as small. It plays much like Rc Pro Am for the original Nes -- »
Mafia 3 Review: Badass or Just Plain Bad?
19 October 2016 8:10 AM, PDT
The year is 1969. It's the year Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, Richard Nixon was sworn into office, the most famous music festival was held outside Woodstock, New York and Lincoln Clay took on the mob. At least, that's what happens in Mafia 3, the latest entry in the series from Hangar 13 and 2K Games.
In Mafia 3, you take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran coming back to New Bordeaux (a fictional representation of New Orleans) after a tour in Nam to a town that is run by mobsters. In fact, as a boy Clay is adopted by Sammie Robinson, the leader of the black mob.
Clay goes in on a job to help alleviate his adoptive father's debt to Sal Marcano,
the Don of the Marcano crime family, as soon as he returns from the War. The job goes sideways, but Clay and »
The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere: Majority Shown Through One Character’s Perspective
19 October 2016 7:32 AM, PDT
Negan's presence will loom large over The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere episode this upcoming Sunday night. While Negan offs at least one main character from the cast with his trusty barb-wired enforced baseball bat Lucille, he won't be the central character that the episode tracks.
In an interview with TV Guide, visual effects guru and The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere director Greg Nicotero reveals that most of the big episode will be told from Rick's perspective, not Negan's. "You need to get into other people's heads as well to be able to experience grief and sorrow and fear," Nicotero said in terms of not letting the episode be all about Rick. "So it was a very, very difficult episode to wrap my head around when I got the script because of those perspectives and how the events play out."
We got a taste of the episode from Rick's perspective in »
Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced; Trailer This Thursday
18 October 2016 8:08 AM, PDT
Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially announced this morning following a pair of teaser images dropped via social media by Rockstar Games over the past couple days.
Here's what we know about Red Dead Redemption 2 for Xbox One and PS4 at this time. The official Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is scheduled for fall 2017. A precise date announcement isn't expected until sometime in the first half of next year.
The Red Dead Redemption 2 key art above depicts seven cowboys. I don't think it's a coincidence that the number is seven given The Magnificent Seven western movie. In fact I'd expect that film to serve as part of the game's inspiration.
We also know that online play will be introduced in Red Dead Redemption 2 as confirmed via the official synopsis:
Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. »
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18 October 2016 7:53 AM, PDT
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Written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, winner of the Sundance Institute/Nhk Award (2014), Approaching The Unknown follows Captain William D. Stanaforth (Strong) as he embarks on a one-way solo mission, taking »
The Accountant Review: Things Just Don’t Add Up
17 October 2016 2:16 PM, PDT
The premise for the new Ben Affleck film, The Accountant, is a solid one. Affleck plays an autistic/Asperger's/Ocd sufferer who grew up to be an accountant. While that may seem tame, and somewhat pedestrian, this accountant was also trained by his Army Special Forces father (Robert C. Treveiler) to be a relentless killer. Take all of that and mix it up with a cast of actors from recent comic book movies, and what you have is an uneven, sometimes fun action film that presents many different equations, but never fully solves them.
Since The Accountant is written as a film with many layers and contexts, it's hard to summarize it without spoiling something that the film makers tried to make a swerve. Christian Wolff (Affleck) is an accountant in a small Illinois town, who does good things for his clients, like finding tax loopholes for the common man. »
Final Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer Tops 11.4 Million YouTube Views
17 October 2016 6:23 AM, PDT
The final Star Wars: Rogue One trailer aka Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrived late last week and brought with it hope of a successful rebellion against the empire and hope for Disney and Lucasfilm that their first non-Saga Star Wars movie is a hit.
With 11.4 million trailer views and counting as of Sunday afternoon there's definitely a lot of interest in the Gareth Edwards-directed standalone film whether casual moviegoers realize it is not a sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens or not.
Hero Jyn Erso's (Felicity Jones) backstory is unveiled through the trailer's first beats and with it we finally met her father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). It turns out Galen is instrumental to creating the Death Star's ultimate weapon and he must sacrifice raising his daughter to build the weapon in order to keep her safe.
The Rebellion knows about Galen and Jyn's father-daughter »
Lego Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack Additional Characters Revealed
16 October 2016 5:13 PM, PDT
Sonic the Hedgehog won't be speeding through his own Lego Dimensions Level Pack all by his lonesome.
The Lego Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack will include at least four new characters in addition to whatever Lego Dimensions characters players bring into the game. The official Lego Dimensions social media accounts made the reveal over the weekend via the new image you see above.
Do you recognize the new characters? If you're a little rusty on your Sonic the Hedgehog gaming knowledge then the characters are Big the Cat, Knuckles, Shadow and Tails.
November 18th is the release date for the Lego Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack along with several other new sets as part of Wave 7.