Schwarzenegger praised for zombie film role

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin star in “Maggie,” another take on the zombie tale. (Courtesy)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin star in “Maggie,” another take on the zombie tale. (Courtesy)

DVD/Blu-Ray

• Women in Gold (2015) - Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her (IMDb). This BBC biopic is based on the true story of Altmann and her quest to recover a family painting.

• 5 Flights Up (2014) - Morgan Freeman, Alysia Reiner, Diane Keaton

A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away (IMDb). When will older-couple-dealing-with-later-life-issues films get their own genre? I'm not complaining, as I do enjoy these comedies and Freeman-Keaton look like they have great chemistry in this one.

• Maggie (2015) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side (IMDb). It's like "Zombieland," except it's a horror film and Breslin gets bit. This was a Tribeca Film Festival participant, and Schwarzenegger is getting props for his commanding performance. I'm speculating that Schwarzenegger gets bit and, before turning, whispers to the camera, "I'll be back."

Video Games

• Rocket League (PS4, PC)

It's a game where you drive a car into a giant soccer ball and try to score a goal. Watching gameplay footage, the game looks absolutely chaotic and exactly what you would expect from a soccer-meets-driving game. This is a multiplayer-focused sequel to "Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars."

Books

• Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson (480 pages)

AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system (Goodreads.com). Robinson is best known for his alternative-history novel "The Years of Rice and Salt" and the Mars Trilogy, exploring the colonization of Mars.

• Code of Conduct - Brad Thor (368 pages)

Hidden deep within one of the world's most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections - considered elites, untouchables. But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to D.C., covert wheels are set in motion, and counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career (Goodreads.com). This is the 14th novel in the Scot Harvath series.

• A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety - Jimmy Carter (272 pages)

Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts (Goodreads.com).