Six Picks for the Week of March 21-27

Launch of Nintendo 3DS
New gaming device in stores Sunday

It’s time to ditch your Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, or XL and upgrade to the latest in the long line of Nintendo handheld gaming devices. Arriving Sunday is the shiny new Nintendo 3DS, which finds Nintendo capitalizing on 3D craze with a twist. Instead of relying on glasses to experience the third dimension, the image pops right off of the screen without you having to use four eyes. Unfortunately, many of the launch games are quickly produced games based on popular franchises (Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, PilotWings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats). Several upcoming games are ports of old Nintendo 64 titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 3D, and Paper Mario 3D, but the long-awaited Kid Icarus release, which tantalized audiences at last year’s E3, is several months away.

Now you’re playing with power… again at the official website.

Sucker Punch Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

The latest movie-that-looks-like-a-videogame arrives in theatres this Friday, courtesy of director Zack Snyder (Watchmen).  Though Sucker Punch is the first feature from Snyder that isn’t a remake (Dawn of the Dead) or graphic-novel adaptation (300), it doesn’t stray too far from his hyper stylized, slow-motion aesthetic. The film centers around a ground of young women (Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens) who attempt to escape the asylum they’re in. Tutored by appropriately named Wise Man (Scott Glenn), the vaguely steampunked-out ladies fight samurai, dragons, and B-52s on their way to freedom. Snyder will return to comic books with his next film, Superman: Man of Steel.

Move in slow motion at the official website.

Angles by The Strokes Read Reviews
In stores Tuesday

After an extended hiatus that saw all five members working on other projects or release solo albums with mixed results, The Strokes are finally back after six (!) years. Or are they? Tuesday’s Angles, their fourth album, was largely recorded without lead singer Julian Casablancas in the physical studio with the other guys; he sent in most of his vocals via the Internet. After the band’s patchy and overlong last album First Impressions of Earth, the Strokes have wisely turned in 10 prickly guitar-heavy tracks that, at a brief 35 minutes total, rock very well indeed. What would they sound like in the same room?

Fetishize the ’80s at official website, where you can stream the entire album.

Crysis 2 360 Reviews PS3 Reviews PC Reviews
In stores Tuesday

First-person shooter number 1,000 of the year is a sequel to 2007’s Crysis. Coming out Tuesday for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, Crysis 2 attempts to stand out in an overcrowded marketplace by incorporating elements of hard sci-fi, with authors Richard Morgan and Peter Watts pitching in to tell the tale of NYC in 2023: aliens have largely wiped out the city, and you must protect what’s left using your new Nanosuit 2. Thanks to its use of the proprietary CryEngine 3, the new game is said to best the already impressive graphics from its predecessor.

Have a personality crisis at the official website.

Mildred Pierce
Miniseries begins Sunday at 9p on HBO

Now that Big Love has ended, HBO is making sure viewers get their drama fix by debuting their event miniseries Mildred Pierce on Sunday night. Previously adapted in the 1945 feature film starring Joan Crawford, this longer adaptation of James M. Cain’s 1941 novel stars Kate Winslet in the Crawford role of a divorcée in 1930s Glendale, California, who struggles with her family’s social status and her attachment to her materialistic daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) during the Great Depression. The high-profile, five-part mini-series is directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) and scored by Carter Burwell, and also stars Guy Pearce, James LeGros, Mare Winningham. Hope Davis, and recent Oscar winner Melissa Leo.

Be such a drama queen at the official website.

The Book of Mormon
Opens Thursday on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone return to their strong musical wheelhouse (Cannibal!: The Musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) and are joined by Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez with the musical satire The Book of Mormon. The show, opening Thursday night, stars Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells as Mormon missionaries Elder Cunningham and Elder Price, who venture to disease-beset Uganda from Salt Lake City to spread their religion. Those expecting a mean-spirited assault on Mormonism might be surprised to find a gooey heartwarming center to a show that’s already receiving plenty of advance praise.

White shirts and black ties only at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Limitless 58 $19.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Lupe Fiasco: Lasers 57 1st week at #1
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Wed] (Fox) 24.4 million viewers; week of 3/7-3/13

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Comments (5)

  • Evan  

    Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints go on a mission when they are 19.

  • Luke  

    Paper Mario 3D isn't a remake of the N64 version, just fyi

  • Ben Crowe  

    @Peter Ogden, Slither was neither but it was written and directed by James Gunn.

  • Matt  

    Yellowcard's new album!!!!!! The best release this week!

  • Peter Ogden  

    Was Slither a comic or a remake?

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