What we're watching and playing this week in Dubai
The Kitchen (15+)
What do you do when your husband is suddenly arrested and locked up by the FBI? Take over their whole operation, of course. Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Oscar-nominee Melissa McCarthy are front and centre in this crime drama, playing the housewives of mafia bosses who step up as leaders of their husband’s legacy. The backdrop of 1978 Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, certainly provides a pleasing promise of action for you to sink your teeth into. The star-studded trio guarantees to paint an entertaining (and hopefully not too predictable) picture of ‘70s New York; McCarthy has already proved her ability to transition from comedy to drama after her acclaimed performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, while Moss can be seen nailing the grave character of Offred in dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale. Haddish is more familiar with straight-up comedy, so it will be exciting to see her do something different. We’re hoping this gangster drama will keep us guessing, though it may teeter on the edge of cliché at times: McCarthy’s character, Kathy Brennan, is quick to reject her husband’s livelihood before realising that she has a surprising knack for leadership - who would have thought? Similarly, Moss’ character seems to play into the trope of shyness-turns-to-violence, beginning as an innocuous housewife but growing thirsty for the brutality and power that gang life offers. If you’re looking for a tension-filled crime flick, it seems The Kitchen will be the film for you. Check it out.
In cinemas August 8.
If we had to pick our favourite piece of alternative history, from games and beyond, Wolfenstein always comes out on top. Well, alternative history with a supernatural twist – one where (spoilers) a war veteran being publicly beheaded is all part of a grand plan for him to have his body replaced by an artificially enhanced one. See? It’s a tad more compelling than your average “there was another victor in World War II” scenario.
It’s lovably absurdist, so much so that developers MachineGames decided to bring their timeline to the decade of decadence, the ‘80s. And unlike the previous two Wolfenstein’s, set in the ‘60s when players jumped in the shoes of war hero B.J. Blazkowicz, this time it takes two gamers to play as his daughters, a.k.a The Terrible Twins.
Acting as a (sort of) sequel to the second game of the franchise, Youngblood see’s Jessie “Jes” and Zofia “Soph” Blazkowicz trying to find their dad after he goes incognito in a still-enemy occupied Paris. Thing is though, they’re pretty young, and don’t exactly have all the high-flying, gun-toting skills of their sweet ol’ pops. That’s okay, though, as this means the naive yet battle-ready duo are in need of some experience, making up for the meat of this more action-RPG styled spin-off.
The girls will have to unlock certain abilities such as dual-wielding or picking up heavy weaponry, something BJ did naturally. The more enemies players beat (in a gory fashion), the more experience points players get to play around with to either upgrade their health or unlock other skills. Speaking of which, each of the characters have different abilities: one being able to use a limited-time stealth camouflage while the other gets to wield a unique shotgun. So, one for the sneaky assassin’s out there and the other for complete carnage. In the end, though, the twins have the same damage potential, and boy, can they inflict heavy amounts of it. MachineGames know how to make some of the best FPS games around, and it’s looking like Youngblood takes those gung-ho mechanics we’ve come to love and amps them up a notch. And now, you can do it with a pal.
Whether it’s online, local or going in with an adept AI, players won’t be shooting up enemies alone. It means dual glory kills, and even giving each other a thumbs up for a, erm, kill well done. Who needed B.J. anyway?
Available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Friday July 26.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
To be completely honest, we’re not sure how this tactical role-playing game got to be as big as it is. Why? Because aside from all the epic cinematics, the gameplay looks so infuriatingly dull. But that’s being biased, because those who’ve actually played Fire Emblem are immediately entranced by its expansive and smartly-designed gameplay. You’ll feel like a military strategist when you give this a go.
Out now on Nintendo Switch.
Orange is the new black
Oh yes, it’s back, and gearing up for a jam-packed final season: expect scheming, romance, and a lot of brawling (some things never change). A few characters, including Piper herself, are facing release, while others in the gang only have more prison life to look forward to. Either way, we’re sure this last ride through the highs and lows of Litchfield won’t disappoint. We hope it goes out with a bang.
Out now on Netflix
Calling all Lord of the Rings fanatics: Tolkien is here. Watch a young J.R.R Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) navigate adolescence and the outbreak of World War I with a band of friends by his side. Starring Lily Collins as Edith Bratt, his love interest and later wife, this thrilling biopic explores the remarkable work of the author in creating his very own language and fantasy world that blossomed into the series we know today. We hope to shed a tear or two.
Out now on Netflix
The Boys (15+)
If you’ve got hope yet for the superhero genre, you’ll be happy about this one. Spearheaded by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, and it certainly plays with expectations: this time, the superheroes are the baddies. Meanwhile, the protagonists are without powers but possess commendable levels of good old-fashioned human determination. We’re intrigued.
Out now on Amazon Prime.