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Out This Week: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Final Fantasy XIII-2'


• Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana

A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy (IMDb). Marvel's practice of giving directors leeway to play with their cinematic universes is paying off in a big way. James Gunn didn't just make a great comic book film; he made a fun and accessible film for just about anyone to enjoy.

• When the Game Stands Tall (2014) - Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport (IMDb). This may be a formulaic football-team film for some, with most reviewers commenting on its predictability. Caviezel gives a great performance.

• Frank (2014) - Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (IMDb). Fassbender doesn't show his face in the film, giving his entire performance behind a giant mask. Eccentric is the key word here, from the music to the acting itself. The film had a limited release and features a soundtrack composed and performed by the cast.

Video Games

• Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PC)

Square Enix is porting their 2012 sequel to "Final Fantasy XIII" to PC. Picking up three years after the events of XIII, the game takes place on Gran Pulse after the fall of Cocoon and spans multiple time periods and parallel versions of different places. Players play as Serah Farron, the sister of XIII's main character, Lightning, as she tries to correct a timeline full of paradoxes and find her sister. The previous port for XIII had a slew of resolution problems, but it looks like Square Enix listened to gamers and fixed them for this release.


• Hard Limit - Meredith Wild (308 pages)

The fourth novel in the Hacker series finds Erica Hathaway on the verge of marrying Blake Landon. She discovers some unsettling information about Landon's past, and while coming to terms with her own past she starts to try to open up Blake about his.

The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant (256 pages)

From the New York Times bestselling author of "The Red Tent" and "Day After Night" comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early 20th Century (

• The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them - Tim Howard (320 pages)

The U.S. Men's National Team's goalkeeper Tim Howard writes this memoir about how he grew up in New Jersey, worked through Tourette Syndrome, and became one of the greatest American keepers in history ( Tim Howard has always given amazing interviews, and he garnered the attention of millions of Americans this past summer when he made 15 saves against Belgium in the World Cup. His memoir is sure to be an amazing story.

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