Hoffman, Hercules hit the small screen


A Most Wanted Man (2013) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Bruhl

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror (IMDb). This is one of Hoffman's final films that was fairly well received by critics and audiences alike. Action and thriller fans should enjoy this film.

Hercules (2014) - Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane

Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord (IMDb). It's the Rock as Hercules, laying the smack down on ancient warlords. What's not to like?

Tru Love (2013) - Kate Trotter, Peter MacNeill, Shauna MacDonald

This independent film out of Canada made waves on the LGBT film festival circuit last year. It follows Tru, a 37-year-old non-committal lesbian who refuses to settle down for anyone or any job. She meets Alice, a 60-year-old widow, and the two fall in love. Alice's daughter doesn't accept the romance and tries to sabotage the relationship.

Video Games

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XONE, X360, PS4, PS3, PC) (11/3) $59.99

Activision's insanely successful first-person shooter blockbuster finally hits the next-gen consoles. Look for a rich multiplayer experience with a high-stakes campaign that pits you, a soldier, against another terrorist organization. This edition takes place 40 years from now and features new threats, new gear, and an updated HUD to keep this series refreshing.

A Bird Story (PC, Mac) (11/7) Price TBD

Kan Gao, creator of "To The Moon," brings us his next game about a boy who finds an injured bird and tells the story through "a blur of reality and imagination." His previous effort, "To The Moon," was one of the greatest stories I've ever experienced in a video game. These games visually look like they belong in the 16-bit RPG era. The stories, however, are just as developed and engrossing as any film you'd see in theatres, minus all the fluff and structure that films follow.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - Jeff Kinney (224 pages), $13.95

Greg Heffley goes on a road trip with his family in this ninth book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Young readers already love the series, and if you're a parent looking to get your child to read you should look into picking up a couple novels from Kinney.

The Burning Room - Michael Connelly (400 pages), $28.00

This is the 19th book in the Harry Bosch series. Detective Harry Bosch, paired up with a new partner, investigates a murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier. Author Michael Connelly is very well known for his crime fiction and attention to detail, and his fans of the Bosch series will enjoy following the LAPD detective once again.

Special Mention -

Pottermore.com Update

Fans of Harry Potter for the most part are already well aware of the website Pottermore, and users on the site have a special treat waiting for them. J.K. Rowling has released a handful of short stories on the site exploring the backstory of Dolores Umbridge, information about thestrals, and diving into a detailed history of the Ministry of Magic.

If you enjoyed Harry Potter but haven't explored Pottermore yet, now is a good time to check it out. It's completely free to register, and it features a wealth of content based in the Harry Potter world. To access the new stories, you do have to complete some challenges on the website (also free). For most fans, it shouldn't be a problem and the reward is well worth it.