Friday, December 8

13 Premieres and Must-See Releases for the Weekend: ‘Belle,’ ‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land,’ ‘Hulka,’ and More

The weekend is cold, rainy and with time change. Perfect for focus on the beautiful things in life: an anime by Mamoru Hosoda, Kirby or She-Hulk. Among other proposals that we throw at you (but without throwing to give) in our schedule of plans for the weekend. The best selection of movies, video games and literature for leisure quality that Xataka readers are looking for.


Mamoru Hosoda, the acclaimed director of ‘The boy and the beast’ or ‘Mirai, my little sister’, gives us a new anime full of emotion and visual neatness, this time moving in science-fiction codes. Hosoda tells us about a 17-year-old girl who, after losing her mother, moves to live with her father in a village. There she discovers “U”, a virtual space in which she takes on a new identity, Belle, thanks to which she becomes a digital star. An experiment in colorful imagination that combines action, adolescent drama and a curious reflection on our inevitable splitting of identities in times of digital networks.

‘unknown parallels’

Aimed at young audiences, this French science-fiction series offers us an adventure in which four teenagers are separated by a mysterious event that leaves them in different parallel dimensions. Their purpose is to go back to the past, before the event took place and to get their normal lives back, in a carefree and action-packed series that plays with the fashionable ideas around multiverses.

‘The grandmother’

Paco Plaza as director and Carlos Vermut as screenwriter offer us this chilling horror film with which the Spanish director tries to repeat the success of his ‘REC’ or ‘Verónica’. It arrives very few weeks after its premiere in theaters on Prime Video exclusively, and with all its capacity to disturb intact: we will meet a Parisian model who must return to Madrid to take care of her grandmother, who has suffered a stroke cerebral. A beginning worthy of intimate drama that will become a nightmare with occult traces.

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The new version of Bernard Rose’s classic based on a story by Clive Barker arrives on Prime Video this Sunday. The story of the urban legend that is reproduced when your name is repeated in front of the mirror picks up and amplifies the racial elements that were already in the original story. Another stimulating proposal of brand new horror that arrives on Sunday to Prime Video.

  • Available on Prime Video starting March 27

‘Tammy Faye’s eyes’

Just in time for the Oscars, one of the films nominated this year arrives at Disney+, specifically Jessica Chastain for Best Actress, giving life to a televangelist who in the 1970s and 1980s he set up an entire conservative religious emporium that made him huge profits her and her husband. From its rise to its fall and subsequent redemption, this biopic delves into the contradictions and dramas of American Catholic conservatism and reflects on the tremendous power of the mass media.

'Ghostwire Tokyo' is an action game in which the most important thing is not the action, but to explore for weeks

‘Ghostwire: Tokyo’

A surprise full of eccentricity and devotion to Japanese ghostly culture is what Tango Gameworks brings us in this kind of continuation of some aspects of his ‘The Evil Within’ (in fact, it was originally going to be the third installment of the series). An open world to explore in the first person, plenty of action, but with spells instead of shooting, and an authentic catalog of terrifying characters drawn from Japanese folklore. The strangest and most indescribable Triple A of the season.

  • Available for PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5

‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’

‘Borderlands’ continues to generate material, in this case a spin-off with board game elements but that still maintains the spirit looter shooter of the saga original. Of course we find plenty of references and the crazy and unbridled sense of humor that has always characterized the titles of Gearbox’s post-apocalyptic series. There are six classes to choose from, lots of thought goal and a maddening rhythm: perfect to face the end of the world.

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  • Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S

‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’

One of the most beloved heroes of the entire Nintendo Universe, the adorable pink sphere that swallows everything, returns in a new game with post-apocalyptic tints (everything that a Kirby game can be, of course). A completely familiar and approachable approach (even more so than usual in big Nintendo games) -until we get to the extra levels, clearly designed with coffee growers in mind-) and reminiscent of ‘Super Mario 3D Land’. That is, action, adventure, exploration and humor for uninhibited players.

  • Available on Nintendo Switch

‘Far Cry 6’ open for free trial

This weekend, Ubi Soft opens the doors to its latest open world game. ‘Far Cry 6’ and its revolution against a dictator deep in the jungles of Latin America has everything fans of the franchise games could want: freedom to explore, continuous action, paradisiacal landscapes and a multitude of weapons and vehicles to make tops like a gourd. If you decide to purchase the game after this trial weekend, you will keep your progress.

  • available for free this weekend for PC, Stadia, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

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‘Venus in the dark’ (VV.AA.)


Gothic horror literature was an invention of men, but those who gave it wings and popularity were women. Above all of them, the great Ann Radcliffe thanks to hits in the genre such as the immense ‘The Mysteries of Udolfo’. This Valdemar anthology pays tribute to those Gothic ladies with horror stories written by women fundamental as Sarah Wilkinson, Edith Nesbit, Mary Shelley, Vernon Lee or Edith Wharton.

Venus In The Dark

‘Cursed: True Stories of the World’s Wickedest Objects’ (JW Ocker)


If you are passionate about scary stories based on reality, look at this catalog of cryptozoology and various strange phenomena in which the stories of various cursed objects are related. From the Annabelle doll to the Hope diamond, passing through the Spanish Armchair of the Devil: pots with jinx, enchanted or cursed… that cannot harm you if instead of handling them you choose to read their delusional secret stories.

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Cursed: True Stories of the World's Wickedest Objects (PRACTICE)

Cursed: True Stories of the World’s Wickedest Objects (PRACTICE)

‘The Sensational She-Hulk of John Byrne’


You won’t believe it, but there was a time when when a superhero made a joke or opted for self-parody, a crowd of fans without a sense of humor did not come to cry on Twitter. From those heroic times dates one of the best examples of the genre ever released, John Byrne’s ‘Hulka’, which almost works like a devastating superheroic Pirandello with a multitude of punches. This billet collects his stage in its entirety and guarantees at least one laugh and / or throw your hands to your head on each page.

John Byrne's Sensational She-Hulk

John Byrne’s Sensational She-Hulk

‘Snake Plissken – American Outlaw’ (Eduardo Martínez Gómez)


Snake Plissken is the immortal creation of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter in two essential apocalyptic movies: ‘1997: Rescue in New York’ and ‘2013: Rescue in LA’ Together they designed the ultimate foul-mouthed mercenary, a nihilist who seeks only survival and to be left to quietly contemplate the end of the world. This essay by Eduardo Martínez Gómez reviews the creation and wanderings of the character in a book that will make you never say “Plissken Serpent? I thought you were dead” again.



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