Daily Archives: July 16, 2015

Irrational Man Review

Woody Allen almost gets away with it. Irrational Man is 2015’s entry into the director’s yearly routine of releasing a film (it’s also his 50th movie he’s directed). And the plot does feel a little bit like going through the motions. A brilliant man (Joaquin Phoenix) tries not to fall for a much younger woman (Emma Stone), but he does, and his life unravels. I suppose the narrative twist is that his life unravels because of other choices, not because of his coupling. Irrational Man is a light soufflé that is intermittingly enjoyable and impeccably performed, but it’s done in by Allen’s lazy pen.

Writing and directing 50 films isn’t lazy, but Irrational Man, perhaps more than any other Allen film, suffers from the overall feeling that it’s Allen just finishing his yearly routine of making a movie. It’s a shame because Phoenix, Stone, and Parker Posey are all in top form.

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Rise of Incarnates Review

Fighting games are best known for being something you play against your friends, not with them. So it’s a pleasant surprise that Rise of Incarnates does an excellent job of adapting 3D fighting game mechanics to fit team-based multiplayer, and that it does so in a way that’s free (and fair) to play. Teamwork forms the cornerstone of these 2v2 battles, providing a rewarding experience for you and a friend who can work well with you. For those trying to go alone, however, the action falls a bit flat.

Straight away, Rise of Incarnates throws you into the action with a comprehensive tutorial, allowing you to get your hands dirty while learning the basics. The controls, while not overly complex, are responsive, and as you’d expect for a fighting game I found it easier to play on controller than on keyboard and mouse. The mechanics are simple, though as with most elements in Rise of Incarnates, it’s how you combine them that creates a wide range of possible scenarios. A hail of laser fire from your partner may allow you to slip behind your target’s guard and deliver a flurry of blows, or your melee assault might leave an opening for your teammate to launch an enemy into the air for a combo.

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X-Men: The Rogue Cut Blu-ray Review

The X-Men movie franchise is a peculiar beast. Even as the continuity linking these films becomes increasingly labyrinthine and downright nonsensical, their actual quality has increased dramatically in recent years. X-Men: First Class may not have been the total reboot the franchise needed in 2011, but it was still a welcome change of pace that made the most of its retro setting and new cast. 2013’s The Wolverine had its problems (mostly stemming from a goofy final act), but compared to its predecessor (2009’s disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine) it was practically Citizen Kane.

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The Best iOS 9 Features That You Can Try Now

Apple is well-known for its walled-off app ecosystem, but it’s doing something surprisingly open with iOS 9. Although the iPhone and iPad operating system isn’t out until this fall, anyone with an Apple ID and a compatible device can download the preview version right now. The iOS 9 public beta test launched late last week, and it’s the first time that Apple has allowed average users to test out a major iOS version release before launch.

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Fable Legends Release Date Revealed

Fable Legends, Lionhead Studios’ free-to-play Fable game for Xbox One and PC, will come out of beta and officially be released October 13.

As spotted by Reddit, the date was revealed at the 1:53 mark in a Comic-Con recap video posted on the official Xbox YouTube channel. You can see a screenshot of the reveal below.

Fable Legends Release Date

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App Store Update: July 15

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Barcode Knight – ($1.99)

Get ready to sort through all of the different cans and boxes in your pantry, because you’ll be on a hunt for as many barcodes as you can find to scan them in and generate new dungeons to explore in Barcode Knight:

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