Out This Week: Blu-Ray on life at Penn State after Sandusky
Happy Valley (2014)
A documentary that observes the year after Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges (IMDb).
Low Down (2014) - John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glen Close
A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene (IMDb).
The Liberator (2013) - Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, Maria Valverde
Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered - it liberated (IMDb). After seeing this film pop up for this week, I dived into the story of Bolivar. It is fascinating and engrossing and seemingly perfect for film. This version has generally positive reviews.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) - Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Rachael Harris
Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever (IMDb). I personally wouldn't have expected one sequel, let alone two from this series. That being said, all of them are fun for adults and kids. Robin William's portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt is still one of my favorites.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PC, PS3, PS4, PSVita)
This crazy top-down shooter is the last in the series, bringing the main character Jacket's storyline to a close. Gore and controversy is this game's bread and butter. This iteration has already been banned in Australia, so parents should check out this game themselves before giving a minor the controller.
Ori and the Blind Forest (PC, X360, XONE)
Ori is a small guardian spirit who has to go find its mother after the bad guy steals her. The game plays as a platformer and has an excellent art style that feels hand-drawn and organic, with the game progressing as one long level. This game was featured at E3 last year with great success, and should be another great indie game for us to enjoy.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)
Nintendo has been busy creating some new IPs lately, and this game might be one they keep for a little while. Intelligent Systems, the team that made Fire Emblem and Advance Wars, made another turn-based strategy game that looks a lot like the new XCOM series. The game takes place in a steampunk version of London, where a team assembled by Abraham Lincoln must protect the world against an alien invasion.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson (448 pages)
Famed non-fiction writer Erik Larson explores the ship and the sinking of the Lusitania, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its demise.
I Hate Myselfie - Shane Dawson (240 pages)
A collection of short essays from YouTube star Shane Dawson (Goodreads.com).
Last One Home - Debbie Macomber (336 pages)
Three sisters who couldn't be more different try to repair old wounds - and discover that, through all the ups and downs of life, they remain family and can depend on one another (Goodreads.com).
World Gone By (Coughlin #3) - Dennis Lehane (320 pages)
Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe's son, Tomás, is growing up. Now, the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland (Goodreads.com).