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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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a 2013 fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros.  Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, and Wii U.  Set within an alternate universe, an alternate Batman summons members of the Justice League to join his insurgency and end the totalitarian regime established by Superman after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis. Positives: Good graphics Great soundtrack Good voice performances Immersive gameplay Lots of replayability Challenging…

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The Wolverine Review

The Wolverine is a 2013 superhero film directed by James Mangold (Logan), starring Hugh Jackman (Logan), Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen (Taken 3), Will Yun Lee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova.  The film follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance, stripped of his healing factor, he battles a deadly samurai while struggling with guilt. Positives: Interesting characters Good performances Interesting story Good visuals Negatives: Lackluster characters Lackluster performance Lackluster script Serious lack of mutants Plot: The Wolverine has…

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Fright Night 2: New Blood Review

Fright Night 2: New Blood is a 2013 horror comedy film directed by Eduardo Rodriguez. It is a direct-to-video sequel to the 2011 Fright Night serving as a rehashing of both the original Fright Night and its remake. In Romania, Charley Brewster (Will Payne) enlists the aid of Peter Vincent (Sean Power) to put a stake in the plans of a sultry vampire (Jaime Murray) who wants the blood of Charley’s ex-girlfriend. Positives: Good performance by Murray and Parkinson Great premise Good use of practical and make-up effects Negatives: Lackluster…

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Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel Review

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is a 2013 third-person shooter video game developed by EA Montreal and Visceral Games, published by Electronic Arts.  Released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 it is the third installment in the Army of Two series, and takes place in Mexico and pits T.W.O. against a ruthless drug cartel known as La Guadana. Positives: Competitive gameplay Challenging gameplay Terrific soundtrack Good voice performances Good characters Extensive campaign Negatives: AI companion is stupid at times Lacks co-op interactions Campaign: The campaign is extensive and…

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Review

The Walking Dead: Season Two is a 2013 episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series.  The game was released for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Ouya, Android, and OS X.  Is the sequel to The Walking Dead and the plot begins a year after the events of The Walking Dead where Clementine bands with other survives, struggling to survive against zombies, the elements, and other survivors. Positives:…

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100 Days in Deadland (Deadland Saga #1) Review

100 Days in Deadland (Deadland Saga #1) is a 2013 zombie horror novel written by Rachel Aukes and published by Surprisingly Adequate Publishing. It is the first book in the Deadland Saga and follows a young woman named Cash who, along with her companions Clutch and Jase, must struggle to survive in a world overrun by zombies. Positives: Great, well-written characters Compelling, well-written story Great character development Good writing Good world-building Negatives: n/a Plot: The story follows a young woman named Cash who gets caught up in an apocalyptic event  where the population…

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DragonBall Z: Battle of Gods Review

DragonBall Z: Battle of Gods is a 2013 Japanese animated film directed by Masahiro Hosoda, serving as the fourteenth installment in the DragonBall Z animated feature films.  The plot involves Beerus, the God of Destruction, learning of the defeat of the galactic overlord Frieza at the hands of Goku.  Seeking an opponent worthy of his power, Beerus, along with his companion Whis, travels to the North Galaxy to challenge Goke to a battle.

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Shroud of Sorrow (Doctor Who) Review

Shroud of Sorrow (Doctor Who) is a 2013 science fiction novel written by Tommy Donbavand, published by BBC Books (UK) and Broadway Paperbacks (US), based on characters from Doctor Who.  The story follows the Doctor and Clara who appear on November 23, 1963, after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, when the two discover an alien menace known as the Shroud push into the world to feast on the grief of a world in mourning. Positives: Well-written characters Interesting story Complex antagonist Great dialogue Negatives: Lackluster climax Uninteresting setting Plot: The plot…

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