X-Men: Days of Future Past (K12)

Given the recent furor regarding director Bryan Singer and allegations of rape and scandal, it’s been easy to forget that the new X-Men movie is also about to land in cinemas. And what will it be like? Well, early word has fans salivating over this latest installment that brings together the two X-Men worlds for what promises to be the most satisfying installment yet.

Writing a review of Minecraft seems almost pointless. By now this behemoth of a game (35 million copies sold across all formats) will either have captured your imagination or you just can’t see what all the fuss is about.

It is the ultimate sandbox game. You’re given an open landscape and some building tools and left, essentially, to your own devices. This absence of a plot or any apparent objectives is what can make this game tricky to get into.

InFamous: Second Son (PS4)

Perhaps unsurprisingly the first thing you notice about this title is how darn good it looks. The power of the PS4 is really pimped out with spectacular lighting effects and beautiful destruction. But the visuals don’t hide a weak story or characters – both of these aspects of the game are fully fleshed out and although it’s not the longest title ever (you’ll probably finish it in 10-12 hours) there is some replay value.

Fading Gigolo

Just in case you were thinking that Woody Allen’s acclaimed recent flourish of quality with his European films and Blue Valentine may mean that he is no longer willing to partake in lighter fare, along comes this, from writer/director John Turturro. Here Allen’s elderly New York bookstore owner turns pimp and transforms his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into an unlikely gigolo; all in the hope that they can raise enough cash when it looks like their store is going to have to shut its doors. Nonetheless, soon they are raking in more dough than they could possibly have ever expected. While the recent brouhaha regarding Allen’s alleged discretions with his adopted daughter seems to have died down for the time being, the jury is still out on the issue. Regardless, in cinematic terms, his stock has rarely been higher.

Premieres 25 April

THere’s no denying that 20 years is a long time, but for the local soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, Afrobeat and world music scenes in Finland it might as well be a lifetime when looking at its evolution. Setting the trends and slowly garnering influence over this time, the Funky Elephant Festival celebrates the arrival of the end of its second decade with a suitable decked out extravaganza from 3-6 April at Helsinki’s The Circus and mbar.