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The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put in Your Brain This Week

The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put in Your Brain This Week:

THE FIVE SPOT: WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BRAIN THIS WEEK

This week, media’s giving us a tour of challenging cities: the gangster-overrun Brooklyn of Hawkeye and the scenester-overrun Manhattan of Difficult People, the youth-destroying San Francisco of the ‘70s and the nameless but familiar flooded city of Submerged. Robyn’s Stockholm seems even more fun than usual in that context.


SUBMERGED
A post-apocalyptic exploration game (for Steam, PS4 and Xbox One) with a twist: there’s no combat, and you can’t die — it’s got more in common with Myst than Left 4 Dead. Submerged’s creators, Uppercut Games, previously worked on the BioShock series, and this one seems to have a similar spirit of worldbuilding while overturning as many clichés as possible. (August 4)


Hawkeye Vol 4

HAWKEYE, VOL. 4: RIO BRAVO
The long-delayed conclusion to the ingenious superhero comics series by Matt Fraction and David Aja (and various guest artists) is finally here. This volume brings together its chronologically fractured episodes about painful brotherhood and neighborhood warfare — including a celebrated issue told almost entirely in American Sign Language. (August 5)


DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star as unbearable New York City roommates named “Julie” and “Billy,” trying to claw their way up in show business — think Seinfeld with poisoned talons. An original Hulu series, it’s executive-produced by Amy Poehler and has a whole lot of big comedy names making cameo appearances. (August 5)


DR. DRE: *COMPTON*
Surprise Detox!! Or maybe not: Dre has apparently scrapped the concept album he’d been talking up for roughly 15 years. Compton, announced this past weekend and subtitled “A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre” (perhaps the soundtrack to next week’s N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton?), is crammed with guest shots from his most famous collaborators, including Eminem, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. (August 7)


DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
Adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s riveting semiautobiographical graphic novel, Marielle Heller’s movie stars Bel Powley as 15-year-old Minnie, who’s growing up with her mother (Kristen Wiig) in the freewheeling, druggy San Francisco of the 1970s. Minnie’s thrilled that she’s having sex now; the big problem is that it’s with her mom’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård). (August 7)



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