'Battlefront' gives Star Wars gamers what they're craving

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DVD/Blu-Ray

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) - Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons (IMDb.com). After watching a lackluster Bond film over the weekend, I'm looking forward to a Guy Ritchie spy film that doesn't take itself seriously.

Video Games

Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, XONE, PC)

It may be Battlefield reskinned with Star Wars textures and sounds - but honestly, that's exactly what most Star Wars gamers want. After playing the beta for an unhealthy amount of hours, I can safely say that Battefront is fun. Really fun. There's something immensely satisfying driving an AT-AT while blasting the Rebels away, or seeing Darth Vader come at you from distance and you unload everything in your arsenal to stop him. DICE did an excellent job in capturing the feel of a Star Wars battle. This is a multiplayer game, and there is no campaign for those solo gamers out there.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Mario sports games tend to be hit or miss. Gameplay might feel identical to the previous generation's iteration, or Nintendo may tweak something just enough to make it immensely fun. Watching the live streams for the game, it doesn't feel like Mario Tennis is much more than an HD version of its 3DS counterpart. It's a tight tennis game complete with quirky power-ups and characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. The core gameplay looks fantastic and competitive, but the $50 price tag may be steep for a game of tennis.

Books

The Guilty - David Baldacci (672 pages)

Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies' advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores. But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is a man without a mission, and without a purpose. To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for more than 20 years: his own past. (Goodreads.com). This is the fourth novel in the "Will Robie" series.

• The Mistletoe Inn - Richard Paul Evans (320 pages)

A finance officer aspiring to be a writer, Kimberly Rossetti, signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat over the holidays with a famous romance writer. In one of her breakout sessions, Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential, she begins to wonder if he's really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he's unwilling to talk about (Goodreads.com).