Metro Reviews: Bryan Cranston, Killzone PS4, Jacquie Lawson Christmas

Here’s my Metro New columns for the week of Nov. 25th

The Things They Carried

By Tim O’Brien

Audible.com

Four ½ Stars

Produced by Tom Hanks, this collection of Viet Nam war stories explores the personal artifacts and memories carried by soldiers as coping strategies, superstitions, and habits of endurance. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) narrates, capturing with perfect attitude a cast of voices gruff with uncertainty, panicked by youth, and haunted by loss. These are personal journeys, unexpected and masterfully told.

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Headspace (On-The-Go)

iPhone/iPad/Android

Free/$14.95 subscription

This down-to-Earth introduction to meditation uses whimsical animations and an insightful vocal guide to teach bite-sized techniques in stress relief. Advanced lessons are pricey, but the 10-minute meditations are free.

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Jacquie Lawson 2013 Advent Calendar

iPad

Free

This free calendar from popular e-card artist Jacquie Lawson offers a charming animated story every day as a country village, filled with cozy shops and wildlife, prepares for Santa’s arrival.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall

PlayStation 4

Rated: Mature 17+

3 Stars

In a war-torn city where two races secretly plot each other’s annihilation, it’s up to you to track down a weapon of mass destruction and prevent its use. Everyone is so nihilistic and mad with barking rhetoric that it’s hard to really care, but the chase itself is fun thanks to zip lines, runaway trains, and exhilarating freefalls from orbit. A helpful drone companion keeps the shoot-outs interesting while a mysterious woman and a glossy, futuristic landscape suggest a more intriguing adventure than the fun, but forgettable shooter we’re given.

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