'Ultron,' 'Poltergeist' taking DVD marketplace by storm

DVD/Blu-Ray

• Spy (2015) - Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent diabolical global disaster (IMDb.com). Melissa McCarthy is funny enough, but this is from the writer and director of "Bridesmaids." Raunchy humor can be expected.

• Poltergeist (2015) - Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements

A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive (IMDb.com). This is based on the 1982 film by Steven Spielberg, and arguably falls short in the process. It's still an authentically scary film.

• Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans (IMDb.com). It's Marvel. It's one of the biggest movies in the franchise. Of course it's going to buckle a little bit under its own weight. The movie is still fantastic, although Marvel will have to address how to balance all these heroes in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War" and beyond.

Video Games

• NBA 2K16 (PS3, PS4, X360, XONE, PC)

Basketball season is almost here, which also means the corresponding video game is getting released. 2K has done a pretty good job in the past and, as with other sports games, has added minor enhancements to graphics and gameplay. Full-body scans on NBA players were used to capture images and animations. The biggest change was the story mode, which was revamped and developed in conjunction with Spike Lee. Lee wrote the narrative with the idea of capturing a player's journey from high school to the NBA, and including all the tough decisions along the way.

• Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS4, XONE)

We haven't seen a true "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" in nearly 13 years. Let's hope that Activision hasn't missed a beat. As with previous titles, players will control one of many playable professional skateboarders (or a custom one) and skate levels based on real-world locations. Older skaters such as Tony Hawk will be available to players, and it sounds like many of the older skate mechanics from previous games have been polished and implemented into the Unreal 3 Engine.

Books

• The Murder House - James Patterson and David Ellis (480 pages)

The large house on the beachfront in Bridgehampton has an infamous history. An elderly couple died in a fire that destroyed the building, but everyone in town knows that the fire was no accident - it was murder.

The house was rebuilt, but the horror of the events that took place there remains. Now two more dead bodies have been found in the ill-fated house - a young couple, brutally killed. The police arrest local resident Noah Walker, but have they got the right man? What other secrets could the murder house be hiding? (Goodreads.com). This is Patterson's 145th novel, his 13th this year.

• Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond - Billy Graham (256 pages)

While his Earthly vision dims, the glory of heaven is illuminated as Billy Graham, the beloved evangelist, shares his past, his present and the reality of eternity (Goodreads.com). Graham is one of the more storied evangelists out there. He advised multiple presidents, bailed out Martin Luther King Jr., and really helped mold the media-centered evangelism that is so popular today. He's had his fair share of controversy, such as praising Kim Il-Sung for fighting the Japanese in Korea or his views on feminism and the Vietnam War.

Local author

Buddy Hannah will be holding a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 3153 Stockton Hill Road in Kingman. The latest book is "Eagle Bear Meets Buffalo Man," the second book in the "Eagle Bear" series. From the author: "Buffalo Man saves Eagle Bear's life and becomes his blood brother. The adventures the two make are full of excitement. You will want to continue reading until you finish the book."