'Birdman' flies onto shelves with loads of Oscars hype

DVD/Blu-Ray

Birdman (2014) - Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts

A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play (IMDb). This film has scooped up nine Academy Award nominations and is poised to win a few of them, and is being described as a blend of satire and surrealism.

Dumb and Dumber To (2014) - Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle

Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption (IMDb).

The Theory of Everything (2014) - Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife (IMDb). Hawking has always been an iconic name in physics, especially considering his health situation and the contributions he's made in spite if it. The chemistry between Redmayne and Jones is beautiful even in trailers. Don't be fooled by the name-dropping: this is a love story.

Life Itself (2014)

The life and career of renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert (IMDb). Ebert's story is just as gripping as the reviews he wrote, and how the man was able to continue his work while battling cancer like that is an inspiration in itself. This documentary dives deep into Ebert's life and doesn't shy away from showing the hard times he faced.

St. Vincent (2014) - Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watt

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door (IMDb).

The Interview (2014) - James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang

The movie that nearly brought down Sony Pictures is making its way to DVD and Blu-Ray. Franco and Rogen play a producer and talk show host sent to North Korea to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Video Games

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

This is an action-adventure game exclusively for the Playstation 4, set in an alternative version of 1800s London. An order of knights are charged to protect the world from half-breed monsters that wage war on humans.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Kirby makes his debut on the Wii U in this platforming game, where players draw a path for Kirby to follow on the Wii U Gamepad while navigating levels in the vein of Super Mario. This game supports the insanely popular Amiibo figures, Nintendo's version of Skylander's action figures.

Total War: Attila (PC)

This is more of a refined version of "Total War: Rome 2" featuring nomadic civilizations like the Huns and using the same epic war combat engine that the series is famous for.

Books

The Distance Between Lost and Found - Kathryn Holmes (320 pages)

This novel follows a group of high school sophomores who get lost in the woods and not only struggle with surviving, but must navigate the emotional hurdles they're going through at the same time. The novel is geared for young adults and features Hallelujah, a struggling high school girl.

A Touch of Stardust - Kate Alcott (304 pages)

A blockbuster novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of "Gone with the Wind," while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and his wife, the blithe, free-spirited actress, Carole Lombard (Goodreads.com).

The Accidental Empress - Allison Pataki (512 pages)

Pataki follows the historical love story of "Sisi," the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853 (Goodreads.com).