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 this film last Sunday, but I must admit that my track record hasn’t been too accurate thus far.
On the Screen
Captain America: Civil War
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd
Current RT Meter: 92% Fresh
My box office prediction last Sunday: $200,000,000
This is the biggest comic book movie of the year and may even be the biggest we’ve seen yet. All of Marvel Studios’ movies to date have been leading to this. Captain America: Civil War is already one of the most rewarding films in the series to fans and the fallout of it will lead to some serious debate. We know you’re going to see it, but if you want to catch up on it, here’s a nice collection of our articles leading up to it. My video review can be found below and next week you’ll see more commentary on what the movie accomplished. Enjoy!
The Verdict: It’s a great movie that kicks off Marvel’s Phase Three in a big way.
On the Console and PC
Battleborn is the latest romp from Gearbox (our fannotation here) that smashes the shooter and MOBA genres together in a big, glossy package. It’s finally on shelves and though the reviews have been decidedly mixed, it’s the kind of game that could really latch on with audiences. Whether attaining its entertainment though online multiplayer or co-op, the range of characters and sheer amount of pure fun being delivered is the kind of unpretentious game that there’s a void of.
The Verdict: It looks like one of those games where it’s best to ignore the critics and just dive in.
On the Tube
Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie (read our preview) is a surprising little gem lurking on Netflix that received critical acclaim but never generated the kind of buzz that some of their original content has. This looks like it could be the year that changes in the show that showcases two middle-aged ladies whose husbands hook up and leave them high and dry. As a result, they turn to one another in a story that covers a lot of hot button topics but through a very funny prism. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are absolute gold here, as are Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen. It’s a winner.
The Verdict: Just give it a couple of episodes. You’ll be hooked.