Jakob Eiseman, Editor
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“Last Call” — VOD
Coming from director Paolo Pilladi (“Invisible Mountains,” “The Winemaker’s Son,”) “Last Call” is a comedy about a real estate developer who returns to his hometown of Upper Darby. While there, he is supposed to be collecting signatures for a casino development in the suburb of Delco he grew up in — sent by a gentrifying businessman he works with. He meets up with all of his childhood friends, crushes and family along the way, and in the end, has to make the decision whether or not to level the local bar / hangout spot in order to build the casino. The main character Mick is played by Jeremy Piven (“Serendipity,” “Entourage”) and his co-star is Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black,” “A Lot Like Love”). The film is filled with Philly jokes and inside humor, as well as a feel-good story with lovable characters.
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — Disney+
After the critical and popular success of Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” which debuted its series finale on Disney+ two weeks ago, the studio is releasing its next miniseries on the streaming service on Friday, March 19. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will follow two fan-favorite side characters from the “Captain America” series of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Fans of the series may remember that at the end of 2019’s “Avengers Endgame,” Steve Rogers aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans (“Gifted,” “Snowpiercer,”) gives his iconic shield to Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”). This miniseries will deal with Wilson, accompanied by Rogers’s childhood friend Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan (“The Martian,” “I, Tonya,”) as they deal with the loss of their close friend and one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. As Wilson and Barnes are already established characters in the MCU, it’s unlikely the series will introduce them again and will rely on fans to have watched previous films in the universe.
Bethesda Suite — Xbox Game Pass, PC, Android
Last fall, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring ZeniMax Media, the parent company of the major video game developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion. Deals like that take quite some time to go through, and just last week the contracts were officially signed. To celebrate, Microsoft brought 20 of Bethesda’s “greatest hits” to their Xbox Game Pass subscription service which is available on Xbox consoles, Microsoft PCs and Android mobile devices. The games which are now on Xbox Game Pass are the first-person immersive simulators Dishonored, Dishonored 2 and Prey (2017); the fast paced first-person shooters DOOM (1993), DOOM 2, DOOM 64, DOOM 3, DOOM Eternal, Rage 2, Wolfenstein the New Order, Wolfenstein the Old Blood and Wolfenstein Youngblood; the open world role-playing games Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online; and finally, the third-person horror game The Evil Within. Some of these titles get graphical enhancements on the Xbox Series X, and a majority of them are available on Console, PC and mobile devices.