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Weekend Preview for March 18

Your time is valuable and at the end of a long week, the discretionary time must be spent to its maximum value. In order to help narrow choices down on the film and television front, every Friday we’ll give you the rundown of your options and an educated guess as to which ones make the most sense. There is a very complex formula involved. Usually, that formula includes us watching the things and then telling you if they’re good. OK, we admit it’s not exactly the recipe for Coke, but we’re trying to help.

I predicted the box office returns for these films last Sunday, but I must admit that my track record hasn’t been too accurate thus far.

On the Screen

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts, Theo James
Current RT Meter: 10% Fresh
My box office prediction last Sunday: $17,500,000

The latest installment in the surprisingly resilient Divergent series arrives amidst very little competition aside from the juggernauts already ruling the box office. If the YA series is up your alley this one aspires to blow the doors off the storyline by taking the lead characters outside of Chicago where a host of new dangers and discoveries await. Critics have been truly unkind, but these movies have a fan base and it’s unlikely that this installment will cause a sudden rebellion from the core.

The Verdict: Each film has declined in success and the Thursday night numbers don’t bode well for the future. Though this is the “last” of the trilogy there’s really no such thing if the money’s there.

On the Tube

Daredevil, Season Two

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Stars: Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Elodie Yung, Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll

The Man Without Fear returns to Netflix and this time, he’s bringing The Punisher and Elektra along for the ride. The already beloved Marvel series arrives in one big lump and this weekend will be one of many binge watchings. The stakes are all upped this season and now the Daredevil is a known commodity the expectations are high. He’s got a new costume, new adversaries, and other tricks up his sleeve. Are you ready? Watch our exclusive clip below:

The Verdict: You can’t not watch this. Why are you still sitting there?

On the Console

Pokkén Tournament

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When the logline is “Pokémon via Tekken” the hard work has already been done. That’s an easy sell, especially on the Nintendo Wii U, a system aching for a product of this type. Two beloved franchises smashed together in a fighting game that takes the tried and true style and mechanics of the Tekken series but with the diverse and colorful Pokémon characters? Sold. And now it’s available!

The Verdict: The Wii U needed this.

 


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