Out This Week: Cult classics and cult rebellions

Arts & Entertainment

Jakob Eiseman, Editor

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: 10th Anniversary” — Theaters, Blu-ray


Initially released in August 2010, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” became a cult favorite almost instantly, losing almost $30 million at the box office domestically, but has been purchased on DVD and streamed thousands of times since. The original film was released on film and 1080p digital reels, but was still praised by fans for its flashy and colorful comic book-esque visuals. The film has been remastered and retouched and will be re-released in 4K both in theaters on Friday, April 30 and on Blu-ray at some point in the future. The film follows the titular Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera (“Superbad,” “Juno”), a Canadian 20-something who has to battle his new love interest’s superpowered ‘Seven Evil Exes’ in order to date her. The film is filled with pop culture references, superb visual and written comedy, memorable characters and a star-studded cast. The AMC theaters at the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem, PA and in Cherry Hill, New Jersey will be showing the anniversary version of the film in their Dolby Cinemas at 7 p.m. every night from April 30 to May 3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discourages movie theater visits unless viewers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

“Handmaid’s Tale” season four — Hulu


The fourth season of the hit Hulu original series “The Handmaid’s Tale” debuts on the service on Thursday, April 29. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which premiered in 2017, is returning after a two year hiatus, promising to deliver the same level of quality that the show has provided before despite complications in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The Handmaid’s Tale” stars Elisabeth Moss (“The Invisible Man,” “Us”) as June Osborne, the titular handmaid who is leading a rebellion against an intensely corrupt religious society in the former United States of America. In this world, America has fallen to a disease that leaves most women infertile, so fertile women are oppressed and kept as slaves called handmaids for the sole purpose of having children. The first three seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale” have followed Osborne on her journey from an oppressed, abused handmaid in a largely patriarchal society to a resistance leader who is fighting back against those who established the laws keeping her and her peers from living full lives. This season will pick up after the end of the last, which left Osborne injured, but alive, recently coming off a major success for the resistance fighters.

Editor’s Note: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a very dark show with extreme violence, sexual abuse and other potentially triggering topics. Please watch at your own discretion.

Returnal — PlayStation 5 


Releasing Friday, April 30 exclusively for the PlayStation 5, Returnal is the first AAA release from Housemarque Oy, the Finnish game development studio behind games like Resogun and Nex Machina. The game is being overseen by Sony Interactive Entertainment and is published under the “PlayStation Studios” banner. Housemarque is known for their fast, high-action, arcade style gameplay that is the modern evolution of classic games like Galaga and Xevious (both featured in the Treetops Cafe game area). “Returnal’s gameplay is a relentless and fast paced shooter in the beginning,” said Housemarque’s Mikael Haveri in an interview with the PlayStation blog, but diverges because “narrative is a big part of the Returnal experience, though we’re telling that story in some subtle ways.” The game places the player in the shoes of Selene, voiced by Jane Perry (“Hitman”), an astronaut who, after landing on an alien planet, is trapped in a “Groundhog Day” style time loop that brings her back to the start of her journey every time she is killed by the endemic life of the planet. Selene, and therefore the player, will have to consistently return and learn more about the strange world in order to solve the loop and progress the story, all while dodging and attacking their way to victory.

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