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Released: 'Mad Max' movie and game, new 'Star Wars' novel


• Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search of her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max, who is anything but happy ( Tuesday is shaping up to be a lovely day...

• Good Kill (2014) - Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz

A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot ( This film stayed fairly quiet, even though it came from the writer of "The Truman Show" and "Lord of War." Exploring PTSD in drone pilots hasn't been depicted as much as it should in film.

• Boulevard (2014) - Robin Williams, Roberto Aguire, Kathy Baker

A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life ( With so many standout performances, it's easy to forget that Williams was an actor with extraordinary range. I'd argue that his dramatic roles tend to eclipse his comedic outings. In his last on-screen role, Williams puts in another moving performance in light of a sub-par plot.

• I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) - Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott

A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age ( Another film focused on characters looking back at their lives and what became of them. It's a recycled plot we've seen frequently over the last few years, but one that seems to resonate with audiences both young and old.

Video Games

• Mad Max (PS4, XONE, PC, Linux)

From the makers of the "Just Cause" series comes an open-world game based in the "Mad Max" universe. Much like other games from Avalanche Studios, this game features gratuitous amounts of violence and plenty of destructible environments to keep people entertained. The story itself is not based off of any of the films and acts as a standalone tale.

• Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS3, PS4, X360, XONE, PC)

Amid some controversy with director Hideo Kojima, Konami pushes out what is shaping up to be one of the best, if not the best, Metal Gear Solid game yet. Taking place after the events of "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes," Snake goes into Afghanistan and Angola in a plot of revenge. Early reviews are praising this game, with many outlets giving it a perfect score. Because it is a prequel to the original "Metal Gear," fans of the series should know the outcome of Snake.


• Aftermath - Chuck Wendig (265 pages)

The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos. Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others, Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side. And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting...( In the weeks leading up to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" there will be plenty of companion novels to fill in the 30+ year break between the film and "Return of the Jedi."

• The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz (416 pages)

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces( This novel is the fourth installment in the Millennium series, picking up where Stieg Larsson left off in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."