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‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ Review

Stepping into the world of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a certain gravity. For those who have been following the decorated franchise since its NES inception, I can imagine a sense of homecoming. Still, this is not the MGS title of prior generations.

‘Sublevel Zero’ Review: A Rogue-Like ‘Descent’ into Classic Fun

Before I get too far into reviews where I’m “fanboy compromised,” I like to disclose that fact — I enjoyed 1995’s Descent a lot. So when I saw that Sigtrap Games had released a rogue-like Descent-like mine shooter titled Sublevel Zero, I put on my helmet, strapped into the cockpit, and dove in. I was not disappointed.

‘Mad Max’ Review: Running on Empty

Developed by Avalanche Studios, creators of the Just Cause series, and published by Warner Bros Interactive, Mad Max is an open world, third person-action game set in the iconic post apocalyptic wasteland of the Mad Max film franchise, in which insanity and savagery run free and jerry-rigged cars rule the landscape as the remnants of mankind struggle to survive.

‘Party Hard’ Review: Silly Serial Killer Simulator with a Funky Beat

Party Hard is strategy stealth murder simulator from Pinokl Games. You play as the Party Hard killer, a man driven to kill people at parties because… they’re too loud. Obviously, the plot isn’t the best part here — the gameplay is, and it’s best to not dwell on it. You’re an angry sociopath in a mask with a knife and with one mission in life: get your knife on.

Drug War Horrors—and Complexities—Come to Grisly Life in ‘Sicario’

Make no mistake; the new thriller in theaters called Sicario is no documentary-style production of the drug war in Mexico. It’s a movie like any other, with its exaggerations and stylistic decisions. But what makes Sicario one of the better representations of the reality that is cartel violence on both sides of the border is that it’s accurate enough to be believable—even to those well-versed in the tiniest details of this endless war.

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Exceptional: Dick & Liz Cheney’s Warning to America

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, national security expert Liz Cheney, warn readers in their new book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, that it will be very difficult to undo the damage that President Barack Obama has caused the United States through a deliberate policy of weakening America.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Review: Man and Machine, The New Tag Team

Rocksteady Studios’ final installment in their critically-acclaimed Batman series, Batman: Arkham Knight, introduces players to a new dynamic duo of not bat and bird, but bat and car. Since the Batman: Arkham games are of high caliber, this review will compare them not merely to other titles in the market, but specifically to the other two Rocksteady games in the Arkham series to highlight the value added, or lost, by Knight.

‘Terminator: Genisys’ Review: Uninspired Mess

For once a trailer did not lie. The previews for “Terminator Genisys” look like an uninspired mess; the movie itself is an uninspired mess. When it comes to action films, we don’t ask for much: just enough plot to connect

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Review: Simply Spectacular

Faced with the daunting task of a follow-up to his critically-lauded 2012 box office sensation “The Avengers,” writer/director Joss Whedon faced a lift as heavy as Thor’s hammer. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans),

‘Selma’ Review: Solid But Unspectacular

Director Ava DuVarney’s third feature film is impressive on many levels. Yet, given its potent subject matter, other than a few scenes, “Selma” is emotionally flat and uninspiring. This is especially surprising in the wake of the George Zimmerman and

‘Taken 3’ Review: Dull Story, Dreadful Action Scenes

About twenty-minutes into director Olivier Megaton’s “Taken 3” I had a truly terrifying experience: a “Quantum of Solace” flashback. A poorly scripted action movie can sometimes be redeemed by the action scenes. Until the dreadful “Quantum,” this had always been

‘Boyhood’ Review: Impressive But Wildly Overrated

Writer/director Richard Linklater certainly deserves credit for pulling off an audacious experiment. Filmed over 12 years using the same actors (child and adult), “Boyhood” is a coming-of-age drama unlike anything we’ve seen before. Respect all around. Hats off. The movie