Gears of War: Judgment Review

Gears of War: Judgment is a 2013 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for Xbox 360.  Serving as a prequel, the story revolves around Lt. Damon Baird and Kilo Squad during a hearing at a COG military tribunal during the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day after a battle against the Locust in Halvo Bay. Positives: Graphics are solid Great voice performances Interesting story Great characters A lot of replayability Good soundtrack Fantastic multiplayer Fun, challenging…

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Evil Dead Review

Evil Dead is a 2013 supernatural horror film directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breath), starring Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), and Elizabeth Blackmore (Isabel).  The fourth installment in the Evil Dead franchise serving as a reboot of the 1981 film The Evil Dead, the film follows five friends who head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. Positives: Awesome use of…

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Snowpiercer Review

Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho (Okja), starring Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four), Octavia Spencer (The Divergent Series: Allegiant), Ewen Bremner (Wonder Woman), Ko Asung (The Host), John Hurt (Hellboy), and Ed Harris (The Abyss).  Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except…

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Metro: Last Light Review

Metro: Last Light is a 2013 post-apocalyptic first-person stealth survival horror video game developed by 4A Games, published by Deep Silver, and released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, OS X, Linux, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.  Sequel to the 2010 Metro 2033, the story follows Artyom, a Ranger living in Moscow’s metro system after a destructive nuclear war, tasked with finding the mysterious Dark Ones while fighting different factions and mutated monsters. Positives: Fast paced combat Great graphics Good voice performances Great score Suspenseful atmosphere Dark tone Great gameplay…

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 action adventure stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal, published by Ubisoft, and released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and Microsoft Windows.  Serving as the sixth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, the game follows Welch pirate Edward Kenway who gets caught up in a centuries-old struggle between Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. Positives: Good characters Great score Vast open world Awesome combat system…

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Hemlock Grove Review

Hemlock Grove is a 2013 Netflix supernatural horror thriller television series created by Brian McGreevy, starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Penelope Mitchell.  Based on the novel of the same name, the show examines the strange happenings in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove and the relationship between Roman Godfrey (Skarsgard), heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Positives: Great performances Good, complex story Good use of CGI Good use of practical effects Good use of make-up Great characters Good score Negatives:…

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Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is a 2013 action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X, and Linus.  Serving as the tenth entry in the Tomb Raider franchise and as a reboot, the game follows an untested and not yet battle-hardened explorer Lara, who must save her friends and escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a malevolent cult. Positives: Good story Good characters Great voice performances Great soundtrack Great graphics Awesome…

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Splintered (Splintered Series, #1) Review

Splintered (Splintered Series, #1) is a 2013 fantasy adventure romance novel written by A. G. Howard, serving as the first installment in the Splintered Series.  The story follows Alyssa Gardner who ventures into the real Wonderland, which is far darker and more twisted than the lively tale suggest, to rid her family of a generations old curse stretching back to her ancestor Alice Liddell.  Aiding her in her quest is her secret crush and best friend Jeb, and her mysterious guide, Morpheus. Positives: Great characters Engaging story Highly descriptive writing Great…

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Devil’s Knot Review

Devil’s Knot is a 2013 biographical crime film directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, and Dane DeHaan, and Bruce Greenwood.  Based on a true story as told in Mara Leveritt’s 2002 book of the same name, focusing on three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of killing three young boys during the Satanic ritual abuse panic. Positives: Good characters Great performances Compelling story Good score Negatives: Slow paced Plot:  The Arkansas town of West Memphis makes national headlines when…

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Man of Steel Review

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe.  Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman film series following Clark Kent learns that he is a superpowered alien from the planet Krypton and assumes the role of mankind’s protector as Superman, but finds himself having to prevent General Zod from destroying humanity. Positives: Great characters Great performances Great cast Great action Great visuals…

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