Game, Film and Book releases (January 2014)
It’s time to start enjoying the first crop of 2014 releases in film, video games and books. Not familiar with these upcoming releases? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve outlined them right here.
JANUARY IN NEW VIDEO GAME RELEASES – Need to give your thumbs some more callouses? There’s plenty of great video gamin’ dropping in January 2014. The newest adventure in the “Assassin’s Creed” series, “Liberation,” comes out on January 14-15, and one of video gaming’s greatest characters releases its “Definitive Edition” on Jan. 28. Oh, and still to come in January? A new “Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse” game and the newest hit in the “Halo” galaxy, “Spartan Assault.” (for Xbox 360, TBA). There’s also the promising Viking game “The Banner Saga” (January 14) and a new “Dragon Ball Z” game, “Battle of Z” (January 28).
JANUARY IN NEW MOVIES –Well, Oscar season is over, so Hollywood can get back to bludgeoning us over the head with “lighter” fare. That’s not to say there aren’t a few high-profile prestige flicks coming out, though. The newest from “Up in the Air” director Jason Reitman, “Labor Day,” hits on January 31; the flick stars Kate Winslet (garnering Oscar buzz) and Josh Brolin in the story of an escaped convict (Brolin) who takes up residence in the home of a single mom (Winslet). Opening on the same day is a huge sleeper-hit potential, the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment.” Boasting two of the hottest young male stars on the planet – “Spectacular Now” breakout Miles Teller and “Fruitvale Station” lead Michael B. Jordan – along with “High School Musical” refugee Zac Efron, “That Awkward Moment” could be a real box-office surprise.
Oh, and there are popcorn flicks, too. Chris Pine takes the Jack Ryan role from Affleck / Ford / Baldwin in the brand-new action flick “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” directed by Kenneth Branagh and featuring Keira Knightley as his wife Cathy (Jan. 17). Kevin Hart and Ice Cube star in the comedy “Ride Along,” opening the same day; Cube plays a hard-nosed cop (a stretch, huh?) who puts his loudmouth brother-in-law-to-be (Hart) through a grueling ride-along before the nuptials. There’s also the over-the-top action / sci-fi flick “I, Frankenstein,” featuring a jacked-up Frankenstein’s Monster (Aaron Eckhart) taking on an army of supernatural baddies. Oh, and if anyone needs a scare? There’s the new entry in the “Paranormal Activity” series, “The Marked Ones,” coming out on Jan. 3.
JANUARY IN NEW BOOK RELEASES – Okay, maybe you’re sick of staring at glowing rectangles. Fine, set yourself free of the electronic devices and pick up a book! Unless you use an e-reader, of course … well, anyways, there are plenty of great titles coming out in January, too. Kate Atkinson releases the time-travel story “Life After Life” on Jan. 6, and Stuart Woods drops another Stone Barrington lawyer potboiler in “Standup Guy” that same day. The next week sees the release of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ memoir “Duty” and James Patterson’s romantic novel “First Love.” “Garden Spells” author Sarah Addison Allen releases the mystical “Lost Lake” on Jan. 20, and Armistead Maupin’s lovely prose fills up “The Days of Anna Madrigal” on Jan. 21. Let’s not forget about Bernard Cornwell’s latest entry into the magnificent “Saxon Tales” series with “The Pagan Lord” (Jan. 7), and Sarah Cornwell’s beautiful and poignant “What I Had Before I Had You” (Jan. 7).
This article was written by The Note Show contributor Michael N.