When you play the "Game of Thrones" RPG, you win or you die. Literally. But somewhere along the way our definition of "winning" seems to have deviated from the one used by the folks over at Cyanide Studio.
The game's got everything hardcore "A Song of Ice and Fire" fans would want. There's political intrigue, deception at every turn, heartbreaking deaths and genuinely surprising plot twists. Okay, so maybe those are just the things we're used to from the "Thrones" TV series on HBO, or from the horrors that author George R.R. Martin force feeds us in his ongoing book series, but at least the folks behind the game stayed true to those "Game of Thrones" traits.
MTV News got a chance to play the RPG and decided that it's something that anyone who considers themselves a fan of "Game of Thrones" -- be it the book series, the TV show or both -- should try out. Check out our five reasons you should be intrigued after the jump.
In all honesty, you probably already seen or have plans to see "The Avengers." You've watched the each one of the Marvel movies and waited around until after the credits, maybe not understanding the references, but always looking them up on Wikipedia to learn more. All of this has led up to the day when these heroes would cross paths and make one hell of a movie.
That day is today, and boy, does the film live up to everything you hoped it would be. It's exciting, funny and pitch-perfect, a combination most summer blockbuster struggle to get right. Director Joss Whedon took on an enormous responsibility and delivered like few other filmmakers could.
These are our five reasons to see "The Avengers."
"The Five-Year Engagement" is not your typical romantic comedy. It has conflict built right into the title, instead of using a Nancy Meyers-esque turn of phrase. The writers behind "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, have reteamed to reflect on what comes after popping the questions, and Segel and Emily Blunt lead a hilarious cast that includes appropriately ridiculous turns from Chris Pratt of "Parks and Recreation" and Alison Brie of "Community" and "Mad Men" fame.
Despite a bloated running time, "The Five-Year Engagement" packs so many laughs and so much heart that even its biggest problems are easy to overlook.
Here are our five reasons to see "The Five-Year Engagement."
It's here! It's here! It's finally here! After years of collecting dust on a shelf, "The Cabin in the Woods" is finally getting the wide theatrical release it deserved ever since the idea sprung into Joss Whedon's wonderfully twisted mind.
Hopefully you won't need any additional convincing to go check it out this weekend, but if you do, here are our Five Reasons to see "The Cabin in the Woods" this weekend.
Oh, the spoilers! Everyone's talking about the spoilers. "Read nothing." "Watch nothing." "Talk to no one." It all seems a little ridiculous at this point, but there is a reason for it all. When it comes to "The Cabin in the Woods" the old adage applies. It's not about the destination. It's about the journey. Yes, there is a "final" secret to "Cabin in the Woods," but the way each secret is carefully parsed out by the screenplay makes the movie as great as it is. The world of the film becomes clearer and clearer with each scene and eventually you see the big picture, but the whole thing is one hell of a ride.
A prison break. In space. How bad can that be? Your mileage may vary, but it's hard not to at least appreciate the premise of "Lockout," the EuropaCorp action flick entering theaters this weekend.
Guy Pearce stars in the film as Snow, a former special forces operative now working on his own. When he's set up for a crime he didn't commit and subsequently left facing a drastically long prison sentence as a result, Snow's presented with a mission as his one last chance to free his future: go into outer space, infiltrate the sacked maximum security prison MS One, and save the president's daughter from the inmates now running the asylum. Needless to say, that order is easier said than done, but it's enough to fill out a 95-minute movie.
"Lockout," directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, has an amazing cast and an amazing premise. Even if it never fully lives up to its potential, there are certainly still reasons to see it. We've got five of them after the break.
The re-release of "Titanic" in 3-D allows a whole new generation to experience the film. Kate Winslet even told MTV News that with the movie back in theaters, her children will see it for the very first time. But what about us veterans?
We know the story, we know the characters and no matter how many times we will it, the ending never changes. The ship still sinks, Rose still doesn't try to make room for Jack on that driftwood and Jack still dies in the end. We own it on VHS, DVD and now Blu-ray, not to mention all the times we saw it in theaters when it first came out. So, why trek all the way to a theater and shell out even more money to see it again? Well, we can give you five reasons while we'll be in the theater this weekend sailing away with Jack and Rose on the same doomed voyage.
Let me make a statement that, like a penis penetrating a warm apple pie, is anything but subtle and also kind of surprising: "American Reunion" is the best installment of this raunchy franchise since the 1999 original.
Is this something of a backhanded compliment, considering the second film was a letdown, the third was unwatchable, and the subsequent direct-to-DVD flicks simply went unwatched? Sure. "Reunion," nonetheless, has some damn funny moments. Those moments are too often broken up with stretches of needless character development and stilted acting (try taking Tara Reid seriously at this point — I dare you), but when writer/directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg dial into what made the original such a hoot, "American Reunion" delivers the belly laugh-inducing goods. Here are five reasons to check it out this weekend.
The Gang Is Back Together
It's been over a decade since Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott were downing beers and ogling breasts alongside Chris Klein. For those counting along at home, 3,892 days have passed since Reid last tantalized Thomas Ian Nicholas with her version of droopy-lidded sensuality. "Reunion," as the title helpfully implies, brings the whole crew back together, and ya know what? We missed 'em.
by Ryan Rigley
High school reunions remain a tried and true tradition to this day. In fact, some might say that they're as American as apple pie. On a similar note, this weekend marks the release of the 4th official installment in the "American Pie" series. Although there have been several straight-to-DVD spin-off movies since 2003's "American Wedding," none of those films featured any of the main cast from the original series. Except for Eugene Levy of course, who is literally in every single one of the "American Pie" movies.
We're talking about Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Sean William Scott, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and even Tara Reid! They're all back, reprising their roles made popular by the original three films. Taking place over a decade after the first "American Pie," "American Reunion" appears to be the most genuine movie in the series as it tackles hot topics such as generational differences and merging the gap between childhood and adulthood. However, this doesn't necessarily make the film any less raunchy or risque than its predecessors.
The "American Pie" series is known for several key things, chief among them being a very "adult" sense of humor. Based on the trailer alone, it's fairly obvious that "American Reunion" will share this "adult" sensibility as made evident by Jason Biggs getting caught masturbating within the first few seconds. Here's a look at 5 other "American Pie" staples that we can't wait to revisit with "American Reunion."
Despite some negative reviews for the original, "Clash of the Titans," the "Wrath of the Titans" is upon us (in 3D, no less) to follow-up its $500 million predecessor.
For the second adventure of Sam Worthington's Perseus, daddy Zeus comes a-callin' once again to ask his demi-god son to, you know, save all of mankind…again. Though no one releases the Kraken, there are plenty of Greek monsters to go around.
Here are our five reasons to check out "Wrath of the Titans" this weekend.
Okay, I'll admit it, I was a skeptic when I walked into see "Mirror Mirror." As someone firmly standing in the "Snow White and the Huntsman" camp, I was convinced that "Mirror Mirror" was silly and unnecessary, no matter how much I love Tarsem Singh. Boy was I wrong.
"Mirror Mirror" is actually a charming, light-hearted and endearing take on the Snow White fairytale. The trailers -- as many people have said before me -- really do not do the film justice. Now I not only firmly believe that "Mirror Mirror" is a movie for everyone, but I also feel like there could actually be room in 2012 for two equally great Snow White movies. Who would have thought?
If that wasn't enough to convince you that "Mirror Mirror" deserves your time this weekend, I've listed off five more solid reasons after the jump.