January 2019 Releases Recap

We are a few short weeks from the end of the year (And to that point, the decade) so you’ll be seeing plenty of best of lists about, and who knows may do one myself. But a year is a long time, and sometimes it is easy for things to fall through the crack or slip your mind. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll just be talking briefly about major releases from throughout the year. A reminder to myself, and hopefully helpful to others.

January has never been the kindest month to movies. Seen as a dumping ground for films that had no shot at Oscars, but weren’t big enough for summer blockbusters. 2019 didn’t prove much different with few exceptions.

Escape Room is a fun and sometimes clever horror movie. The Upside showed that Kevin Hart still remains a box-office draw and Bryan Cranston can do little wrong. Glass, M. Night puts the final touches on his surprising superhero trilogy. Finally, The Kid Who Would be King, pulls out a miracle and creates a modern-day King Arthur movie that is enjoyable.

The gaming year started hot and heaven with some of the biggest heavy-hitters of the year dropping within the first 31 days.

Everyone’s favorite plumber bought his most recent 2D adventure to the Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (and quite the mouthful of a title) with little in the way of extras, but a chance to revisit a soon-to-be classic game. Though that wasn’t the only adventure from Mario’s past making a re-appearance as one of the final game’s of the 3DS life saw the re-release of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey (The names don’t get much shorter, it seems). Not to leave Nintendo unattended, Tales of Vesperia got a cleaned up port on the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Onimusha Warlords saw the PlayStation 2 classic ported to modern day consoles. Finally, Resident Evil 2 bought the horror to a whole new generation with vastly improved graphics and gameplay on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Have no fear though, not everything in January was old news. One of the most anticipated video games of the past decade dropped in 2019 when the adventures of Sora, Donald and Goofy came to a head in Kingdom Hearts 3. Fans around the world got to ascend the tower, time and time again, with Slay the Spire, take to the sky in Ace Combat 7 or witnesses the return of one more hero as Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.

The year started off hot and heavy for movie and game fans, join us next time when we LEGOized!

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Earl Rufus

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