Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections.

Movies:

DIVERGENT | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

DIVERGENT | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

DIVERGENT – After the success of TWILIGHT, the explosion of YA oriented films drafted from books has hit a fever pitch. Most of these follow a similar theme: A dystopian society that has developed after some cataclysm and a young girl must fight against the powers that be to earn a spot in the world all the while falling in love with some hunky nice guy. DIVERGENT fits this formula to a tee but surprisingly, it isn’t that bad and considering the slew of movies that are now out following this formula is enjoyable. Maybe because it has a layer of darkness that not a lot of the competing YA movies have and that lead Shailene Woodley is actually a half decent actress. Her beau is Theo James and he really could be replaced by any number of different actors.

But given the interesting nature of the society that has developed – it follows a cast system where everyone must choose what they want to be either smart, kind, athletic or whatever – and that there are some really brutal killings that go on throughout the film it works in some ways. Not sure how the rest of the films will shape up but the original is worth checking out.

NEED FOR SPEED | © 2014 Touchstone Home Entertainment

NEED FOR SPEED | © 2014 Touchstone Home Entertainment

NEED FOR SPEED – Wait, a movie based on a video game that doesn’t suck? That’s not how these things work. If you look at the history of movies based on video games, it isn’t a pretty track record. WING COMMANDER anyone? DOOM? DOUBLE DRAGON? MAX PAYNE? HITMAN? Anything from Uwe Boll? They all suck. So it is fairly shocking that not only does NEED FOR SPEED not suck it, it is good popcorn fun that is as absurd as it is action packed. Yeah, pretty much it is one long car race from start to finish but that doesn’t mean it is just pigeonholed into a lame car movie. Instead Aaron Paul (of BREAKING BAD fame) gives a really good performance as a world class street racer that does a pretty good job with the ridiculous story. So if you want a complex, character-driven drama this isn’t for you. But if you want a leave-your-brain-at-the-door action flick that uses real cars and real stunt men for the car events, this is definitely worth checking out.

CABIN FEVER PATIENT ZERO | © 2014 Image Entertainment

CABIN FEVER PATIENT ZERO | © 2014 Image Entertainment

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO – The original CABIN FEVER from horror maestro Eli Roth was a quirky, brutal and gross feature about a group of unlucky twentysomethings that camp out at the wrong cabin and slowly all of them get infected with a gnarly disease. The sequel wasn’t nearly as enjoyable but still work in the gross out factor. CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO follows up on this gross out trend of this series with multiple nasty scenes of skin peeling and blood oozing and puss falling. The story revolves around a group of friends that go to a remote island for some fun. But when they arrive they discover the ocean is filled with dead fish and there is a weird scientific facility on the island where a bunch of dead dudes reside. Of course, things go from bad to worse as they discover that a flesh-eating virus has been unleashed and all of them have been exposed. This also features one of the best body parts falling off cat fight in the history of cinema, a sight to behold indeed. Currently available on VOD but coming to Blu-ray and DVD next month.

Television:

COMMUNITY THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

COMMUNITY THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

COMMUNITY: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON – Yeah, yeah everyone loves COMMUNITY and it is the best show on TV that no one ever watches but everyone should because it is laugh out loud funny. I’m sure if you are not a fan of the sitcom you are incredibly tired of hearing this same argument over and over again. However, is what they say about the show accurate in that it is one of the best on TV? Maybe. Depends on your style and flavor of humor. The show does a great job of mixing the whole pop culture and current events into its storylines as well as sufficient nerdom that really gets the fans of the show going. Plus, it really does have some clever humor that really makes it worth watching. Given all the bad sitcoms out there (I’m looking at you TWO AND HALF MEN), this one has some guanine humor that isn’t tired or force-fed. So if you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s a good time.

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