Despite shortcomings, ‘Leveling Up’ hits several of the right buttons

There are not many plays, or even movies for that matter, about video games and the people who play them. Perhaps this is because it is a relatively new medium, or because it is difficult to portray the pastime accurately or perhaps it is a combination of the two. Nevertheless, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play “Leveling […]

‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ a present in and of itself

From the title alone, it would be easy to think that “The Girl with All the Gifts” is a family film or a touching coming-of-age story. In actuality, it’s a zombie film—or at least that’s what it is on the surface. Based on the bestselling book by M.R. Carey and directed by Colm McCarthy, “The […]

‘Final Fantasy XV’: a road trip worth taking

“A Final Fantasy for fans and first-timers.” This is the first sentence that appears upon starting “Final Fantasy XV.” Right from the beginning, the game makes it clear that this is the most accessible entry yet in a series that’s spanned 15 main games and several spinoffs. The games are JRPGs (Japanese role-playing games), a […]