End Credits:
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

Plus Rules Don't Apply

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Possibly the geekiest thing ever makes its way to cinemas this week with Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. To bring you up to speed, Sword Art Online is a Japanese anime and manga series about an advanced virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (or VRMMORPG), which plugs into the mind so people can actually feel the game world. It’s more like the Matrix than your standard 3D headset experience. Upon the game’s release thousands of players find themselves locked inside the game and must complete 100 levels or they die in real life. With that out of the way, the movie takes place after the events of the anime’s first two series and deals with a new augmented reality version of the game. It’s not something to dive into blindly, but fans of the popular series should enjoy it.

Written, directed by and starring Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes, Rules Don’t Apply follows two young employees of the billionaire philanthropist director – actor Marla Mabrey and driver Frank Forbes. The pair fall in love but due to their employer’s contracts they are forbidden from having a relationship. Despite a rather good cast and a stylish feel the movie plays out like a Saturday afternoon made for TV movie.

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