Underworld Awakening Trailer

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The fourth film in the Underworld franchise, Underworld Awakening, releases in theaters this January 20, 2012.

Synopsis:
Underworld Awakening brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D. Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Book Review: Legend

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Legend by Marie Lu

Day is one of the most wanted men in the Republic. But Day is only fifteen-years-old, living on the streets and trying to take care of his destitute family. Meanwhile, June was born into a wealthy family and is a prodigy in the Republic’s ranks. When she is told that the criminal known only as Day has killed her brother, she makes it her personal mission to hunt him down. But June soon learns that the government has been lying to her, and the Republic will stop at nothing to keep their secrets.

Day is a brave and selfless boy, who wants nothing more than to keep his family safe from the brutal plagues that ravage the area. Sparks fly when he meets June, a bright and talented girl with a good heart. The dialog switches each chapter back and forth between Day and June in first person. The publisher even gave them a different font and type color, helping to keep them straight mid-chapter, which readers will appreciate. Lu’s world is a future dystopian version of America, where the West Coast’s Republic is under martial law. The setting is dark and mystifying as readers learn along with June and Day about the sinister dealings the Republic has kept hidden.

Thoroughly engaging and exciting, this debut is full of suspense, drama, mystery, and a bit of romance. Easily one of the best new YA thrillers this year, I was highly impressed and completely immersed in the characters and story. Lu is a promising talent that I will certainly be following. Legend works well as a standalone novel, with a stirring, climactic ending. But thankfully, Penguin Teen reports that this is just the first in a trilogy. Don’t miss this one.


Legend releases from Putnam Teen on November 29, 2011.

Blu-Ray Review: Super 8

Super 8 Blu-Ray Combo Pack

While filming a zombie horror film on Super 8, a group of young kids witness a terrifying train crash. But the crash was not an accident. Soon, the Air Force arrives and it’s clear they have a dangerous secret they’re trying to keep when they begin lying to the local town and strange phenomenon occurs.

The story mostly follows the young filmmakers, starring Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, and Elle Fanning. All of the children do an amazing job of bringing heart and a sense of wonder and humor to this thrilling story. I don’t think the trailers did the film justice this summer. I didn’t even bother going to the theater to watch, as the trailers didn’t show any of the actual story. I regretted missing it later, after hearing friends’ glowing reviews.

JJ Abrams and Spielberg teamed up to make an impressive science fiction thriller. The backdrop of the 70s is realistically low-tech, with a similar feel to the classic 1977 Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Though, Super 8 is much more fast-paced and full of action-packed, adventure. The mystery and suspense builds to an exciting conclusion. During the credits, we are able to watch the kids’ clever “homemade” zombie film, which made sitting through the credits not only bearable, but fun.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contents include:
Blu-ray:
– Commentary by writer/director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong
– Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
• The Dream Behind Super 8
• The Search for New Faces
• Meet Joel Courtney
• Rediscovering Steel Town
• The Visitor Lives
• Scoring Super 8
• Do You Believe in Magic?
• The 8mm Revolution
– Deconstructing the Train Crash
– Deleted Scenes

DVD:
– Feature Film
– Digital Copy


There is a coupon available at www.Super8Coupon.com, which allows users to print a coupon for $5 off the DVD or Blu-ray from 11/22 – 11/27!

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Book Review: Necropolis

Necropolis by Michael Dempsey

NYPD detective Paul Donner and his wife are murdered one night in what seemed to be robbery-gone-wrong. Then, fifty years later, Donner is revived and given another chance at life. After a virus called Shift spread across New York, the dead can be brought back to life – with the major side effect that they’ll start growing younger, without stopping. In a future world where noir is back in style, Donner hunts for the truth behind his murder, and learns of a much larger plan to control age and immortality.

Donner is an alcoholic, whose marriage was rocky before the murder of him and his wife. The new population of reanimated dead are second class citizens, so resuming his place in the police department is out of the question. Instead, Donner becomes a private investigator, with his first case a missing person – a missing scientist that eventually leads back to his own investigation. Artificially Intelligent, virtual psychiatrist, Maggie, appoints herself as Donner’s partner of sorts as she looks after his well-being.

Dempsey has created a fun world of futuristic science fiction blended with the retro-noir of a hard-boiled detective novel. The setting and feel is definitely retro, but the subject matter is science fiction. Fans of both genres should enjoy this fantastic story with colorful characters. Fast-paced, with plenty of adventure and suspense, Necropolis was impossible to put down.

Book Review: The Crowfield Curse

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

In 1347 at the remote Crowfield Abbey in England, young orphaned William is a servant for the resident monks. While in the woods, William hears a cry for help and frees a strange creature that calls himself a “Hob” from a hunter’s trap. William takes the hobgoblin back to the monastery to nurse him back to health. But the hob isn’t the only visitor the monastery has. A wealthy and mysterious man has come along with his servant in search of a secret that the abbey holds. And William soon finds himself involved in a battle between good and evil in a world of magic that he didn’t know existed.

William is humble and obedient with a good heart. Walsh has created an imaginative world of fey and magic in a late medieval setting. The time period is already dark and ominous, adding to the mystery and suspense of the magical beings within the forest. Suspenseful and highly engaging, The Crowfield Curse is a magical tale of good versus evil. Building to an exciting conclusion, fantasy fans will be eager for the next in the series.

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