It's time to spend that Valentine' Day cash you got from grandma, and what better way to do it than to buy something that'll make you feel less lonely? Thankfully, there is plenty to be happy about this week, with new releases that will make you nostalgic, cause you to cry and more. If you're in the mood for universe fighting mash-ups, you'll be happiest off all, but even folks with more of a penchant to learn about historical figures and events will have plenty to enjoy.
5. Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff Nowadays, the Revolutionary War is seen as one of the great events in American history. Or rather, it's the biggest event in American history. But just because it all ended up (pretty much) working out in the end, that doesn't mean people at the time weren't scared of what the hell these revolutionaries had gotten them into. After the British fled America, some 60,000 people decided to get the hell out of Dodge and cruise to other parts of the British Empire. Liberty's Exiles tracks the loyalists that left this country, revealing an often misrepresented and forgotten history.
4. Finder GN: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil The Finder series of graphic novels has been well received since its inception and this one looks to be no different. It's a science fiction comic on first glance, but the series spends more time securing its place as a thoughtful social commentary than it does speculating on the future. This story follows the tale of Rachel Grosvenor, the daughter of two people from conflicting clans, in her search to solidify her social ascent. Of course, as these things go, it doesn't always work out and she's forced to search out an irreplaceable heirloom in the darkest corners of the city. Chaos, sad things and redemption all follow.
3. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (DVD) Without a doubt, William S. Burroughs was one of the strangest authors of the last century, but also one of the most influential. He somehow managed to be as hilarious as he was frightening, and this new documentary hopes to properly probe the author's lasting impression. Since Burroughs was so adept at breaking boundaries in both homosexual and drug cultures, he has been credited with spawning plenty of movements in the 20th century. To prove this, the filmmakers brought in plenty of high-profile guests, including Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore, Jello Biafra, Anne Waldman, David Cronenberg and plenty more. What results is a documentary not just about Burroughs, but also his legacy.
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2. Waiting for Superman (DVD, Blu-Ray) It's no secret the American education system is completely fucked. It's well behind the majority of developed countries and is continually assaulted as weak, poorly structured and pathetic in comparison. Waiting for Superman is a documentary that tries to answer the riddle of what works in education and where it should go in the future. You might not agree with its final hypothesis or its methods, but it will certainly spark a debate that needs to happen more frequently. It will certainly be well worth your time if you're connected with the education system.
1. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PS3, Xbox 360) It has been over a decade since Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was released, and fans of the fighting game series have been drooling since it's initial release to get their hands on the third installment. If you ever touched the game on home consoles or in the arcade, you'll know what to expect: over-the-top combat with multiple characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes that can be played in a button-mashing chaotic style or with highly involved strategy. It's about 200 times faster and more ridiculous than Street Fighter, but if you're looking for something that could cause an epileptic seizure in a blind person, this is for you.