Entertainment: What's new through Nov. 22
22 Jump Street - Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college (IMDb). These two have some kind of strange comedic chemistry I don't understand, and it works! This film has all the raunchy, ridiculous humor you would expect after seeing 21 Jump Street.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) - Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin: Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (IMDb). It's been seven years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have visited Sin City, and it feels like they haven't skipped a beat.
If I Stay (2014) - Chole Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. (IMDb). This film is based on the novel by Gayle Foreman, and there has been near-universal praise for Moretz's performance.
Far Cry 4 (XONE, X360, PS3, PS4): Ubisoft Montreal's first-person shooter franchise takes players to the Himalayan mountains as a young man looking to spread his mother's ashes in his home country. The open-world environment of Far Cry 3 comes back, as well as all the ridiculous choices players can make.
Super Smash Bros (WII U) (Friday): Nintendo's brawler hits the Wii U this week, which will be Nintendo's first jump into the HD era for Smash Bros. New characters and old alike populate the roster, and veterans of the series should immediately pick up the play style right away. Nintendo also knows that this is their seller for core gamers, and they have created a Gamecube controller and adapter for those who aren't keen on using the Wii U pad or Wiimote.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (XONE, X360, PS3, PS4, PC): Bioware's Dragon Age is a big game...really big. Early reviewers and play-throughs are already likening it to Bethesda's Skyrim in terms of size and scope, and a play-through can easily eclipse 80 hours. Like its predecessors, this is a fantasy RPG at its core, where your choices influence the final outcome.
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3, PS4): LittleBigPlanet is part platformer, part puzzle game, part community-driven game for all ages. You play as Sackboy and your job is to navigate his world by solving platform-centered puzzles. The first two iterations were insanely fun, and the art style appeals both to kids and adults. The community really adds on an infinite amount of content to the game through user-generated levels, and will keep you entertained for some time to come.
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS) (Friday): Nintendo's annual Pokemon release is a remake of Ruby and Sapphire, which were originally made for the Game Boy Advance. The classic Pokemon formula applies, but for most gamers that's not an issue. Minor variations from the previous Pokemon release, X and Y, give the aged games a minor refresh.
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life - Louis Zamperini and David Rensin (272 pages): If the name sounds familiar, Zamperini was the inspiration for the film Unbroken. In this book, he shares some of the lessons he learned from a life that Hollywood could barely tell. This was also his last book, as he and Rensin completed the book just two days before Zamperini passed away at the age of 97.
There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me - Brooke Shields (416 pages): Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir (Amazon.com). Her previous book was very candid and revealing, and if she approaches her mother's story with the same style it should be a very interesting memoir.
The Escape: David Baldacci (480 pages): The third book in the John Puller series. Puller must investigate and track down his own brother, who has just escaped one of the world's most secure prisons.