Cinescape Weekend Releases

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The Forger
A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives.
Ratings: 5.7/10

Tracers
Wanted by the Chinese mafia, a New York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.
Ratings: 5.4/10

Barely Lethal
A teenage special operations agent coveting a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.
Ratings: N/A

The Age of Adaline
A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for.
Ratings: 7.6/10


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Arabique – I’m Yours

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Local RnB/HipHop artist Arabique has a new video out for his debut single “I’m Yours”. The track is available to purchase on [iTunes]

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Bloodborne: Love, Hate, Death

Post by Patrick

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What I love about Bloodborne is that it feels like an adventure. The atmosphere in the game is so meticulously crafted. You don’t have a map so you’re never sure what to expect forcing you to rely on the senses to explore. As I was exploring and fighting through the streets of Yharnam I couldn’t help but feel stressed the majority of time, it was unnerving. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was. Yes, the game can be creepy, but it wasn’t Silent Hill. I think part of it was the fact that you don’t have a shield in the game, you have nothing to hide behind so you’re forced to push forward, to be aggressive, and not to be defensive. It pushed me out of my element and It encouraged me to play in a style I’m not used too.

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Bloodborne has a reputation for being a difficult game, which I think is unfair because that overshadows the other aspects that makes the experience a lot of fun. It’s true that the game is hard, but it doesn’t feel impossible, it’s challenging. Having patience comes a long way in Bloodborne. Every enemy has a “tell” for every one of their attacks, their moves are very choreographed. The boss fights are tough, but every boss has a specific gimmick. You’re brain will want you to deal as much damage as quickly as possible, but that will only get you killed. The game rewards players who don’t rush through areas, useful treasures aren’t the only things you’ll find, but equally as important are the shortcuts you’ll unlock that will help you get around much quicker.

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On the technical side of things, Bloodborne looks and sounds fantastic. The creatures you come across are incredibly creepy, gross and messed up. There’s nothing as hair raising as hearing the faint scrapping sound of a weapon being dragged by an enemy across the floor you yet can’t see getting louder, closer. The only real problem I have with the game are the loading times. In a game where death is prevalent, a 40 second loading time can be a nuisance especially when you just want to get back into the game after dying.

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Now the problem isn’t that Bloodborne is too hard, the problem is that the major studios in the gaming industry are trying to cater to so many kinds of people that the majority of games are simply too easy, too simple. When a game is too easy you lose that sense of adventure. As much as I loved Dragon Age Inquisition it suffered from that problem. There were a lot of instances in Dragon Age were I would be shifting between feeling immersed and not. Making games easier and simplifying game mechanics isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it’s what helps bring in new gamers and it’s one of the reasons gaming has become such a popular hobby. The problem is that there isn’t any balance. A lot of developers rely on difficulty settings to try and please players looking for more of a challenge, but setting a game on hard is different than playing a game that was specifically designed to be challenging. The only thing higher difficulty settings do are usually increase the enemies health and maybe place more enemies. Most of the time it just makes the game feel cheap.

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I enjoyed playing the Dark Souls series, but I felt that they were slightly overrated. The games garnered a lot of praise and critics seemed to gloss over the negatives like the annoying and frustrating level designs and the vagueness of the basic core game play elements so you were either left to guess what things did or you were forced to go online to do some research. With Bloodborne it’s as though creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software learnt their lessons past games because the quality of Bloodborne really blows the previous Souls games away. It’s the first killer exclusive the Playstation 4 has gotten and probably the best exclusive when compared to what the Xbox One has to offer. Bloodborne is more accessible than Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, so if you’re looking for something different or something more challenging than the average game I would definitely recommend Bloodborne.

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Movies out in Kuwait this weekend

Post by Mark

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Cut Bank
Dwayne McLaren has been looking for a way out of his small town upbringing of cut bank.
Ratings: 7.2/10

Outcast
A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths.
Ratings: 4.5/10 Metascore: 33/100

Alien Outpost
A documentary crew follows an elite unit of soldiers in the wake of an alien invasion.
Ratings: 4.6/10 Metascore: 26/100

American Heist
Two brothers, both with troubled pasts, find themselves in the middle of one last bank job.
Ratings: 5.4/10


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New Tracks by BigMo

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Kuwaiti rapper BigMo has two new singles out from new project True North. The album is produced by Portland’s Jonny Cool and mixed by Portland’s Drae Slapz of Lunchtime Legends. Check out the tracks below as well as an article about him in Portland’s Willamette Week [Here]


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Cinescape: Weekend New Releases

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Dumb and Dumber To
20 years since their first adventure, Harry finds out he has a daughter who was adopted. Lloyd and Harry try to find Harry’s adopted daughter.
Ratings: 8.0/10

Jessabelle
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recover from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.
Ratings: 5.4/10

The Babadook
A single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Ratings: 7.1/10

Trash
Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Ratings: 6.8/10


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Cinescape: Weekend New Releases

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Interstellar
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Ratings: 9.3/10 Metascore: 75/100

Big Hero 6
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hero Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Ratings: 8.1/10 Metascore: 79/100

What We Did on Our Holiday
Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.
Ratings: 6.6/10

71
A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.
Ratings: 7.8/10 Metascore: 81/100


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Cinescape: Weekend New Releases

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Fury
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Ratings: 8.3/10 Metascore: 64/100

The Boxtrolls
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
Ratings: 7.2/10 Metascore: 63/100

Belle and Sebastian
A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters.
Ratings: 6.7/10

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
The adventure unfolds as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn – Tom’s friend from the streets – witness a murder in the graveyard. Tom and Huck flee to Jackson Island and make a pact never to tell anyone about the incident. However, when the good-natured Muff Potter, who has been blamed for the murder is sentenced to death by hanging, Tom breaks his promise and returns to exonerate Muff Potter. In jun Joe, the actual murderer, makes a hasty exit from the courtroom during the trial. A short time later, Tom and Huck find references to a treasure and have to face In jun Joe again.


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New Track: “YALA” by Sons of Yusuf

Post by aminfari

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Sons of Yusuf have released a new track called “Yala” with a really cool vibe to it. This track is produced by Yakoob and it makes me feel like he was inspired by Stephen Marley who got Damien Marley a Grammy.

The use of the arabic singing as a sample is a real work of art in this piece and it totally connects to the Middle East. It makes this track love worthy and lyrically, I have always been a fan of their work. They lace Arabic words into the English sentences and they do that so well on this track, which is truly amazing. Overall, a good track but I am afraid it feels a little short to commercial standards and songwriting. There is no central hook in which people can repeat and the lyrics are nice but lack a consistent message.

The message I am getting is that “us Arabs are very cool so lets be patriotic” but then the music has a sadness to it that doesn’t make a good match to me. Maybe the track is saying “yala people believe in yourself, you are talented” or “yala people of the world we are talented we make things happen” but even so the groove is more intimate and the lyrics are creating a split idea. Basically they are both great ideas that shouldn’t be mixed. It seems like 2 tracks can come out of this work, lyrically a summer jam and musically a more heartfelt story. Over all it is good but I want these guys to be great.

Even though I am being hard on them. I think they are amazing. I have seen them live on the stage and they just rock it. I would buy their album in a heart beat because it has the same great elements and they are the real deal when it comes to pushing local talents. Their marketing and fashion is really cool and they are very respectful and down to earth guys.

How to listen to this?
Drive the gulf road on thursday night while car flirting.

How not to listen to this?
In spinning class or in Zumba.

Posted by Amin Fari


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