Time travel, sexy video games and more new release picks for the this week, July 26, 2011

It's a bit of a slow week again, but the media coming out today is so top-notch that it's hard to complain. Provided you're interested in things like playing god, a relationship puzzle game about love or watching a movie that's sort of about time travel, you'll have a lot to take in this week. We've even got the release of Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden's new book, which finally clears up why he was booted out of the space program. If you're not into any of this, just go outside or something.


Source Code (DVD, Blu-Ray) We were big fans of director Duncan Jones' first film, Moon, and his second, although not exactly what we expected, is almost just a great. Source Code is all about an experiment sending a soldier back into the past to solve a mystery, but he only has eight minutes each time to do it. As you'd expect, things aren't exactly as they seem, and as the film slowly unravels itself, you clue into what's really going on. It's an exceptional thriller more than it's science fiction, but it's worth seeing if you're a fan of either genre, even if the last ten minutes are garbage.


Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles At one point, it seemed like the '30s were all the rage for literature, but in recent years, the time period has been a less popular setting than it used to be. Perhaps it's simply because there is already so much out there. But if you've been hoping to delve into that world, Amore Towles' Rules of Civility will do the trick. Jazz? Check. Greenwich Village? Check. Cashmere Coats? Check. New Years Eve? Yep -- it's all here. It's something of a Great Gatsby written by a modern author, except it doesn't have all those green metaphors our middle school teachers told us about.

Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon by Al Worden Astronaut Al Worden was kicked out of the astronaut office (do they have an office?) for allegedly profiting on spaceflight. He eventually cleared his name, but Falling to Earth sets out to not just clear the air, but to tell Worden's story, from his childhood to being an Apollo 15 astronaut. What actually happened to cause Worden's firing has been shrouded in mystery for decades, but Falling to Earth gives Worden's never-before-told account. It's a rare opportunity for fans of the now-defunct shuttle program to get a glimpse into one of the more controversial and strange parts of its history.

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