With diets and new gym regimes taking over our everyday lives, you can stave off the January Blues with our round-up of the best games, movies and TV over the next seven days. From the irresistible charm of Paddington Bear, to escapist survivalism in Zombi on Games with Gold, or the unexpected delight of 76 year-old thespian Miriam Margolyes befriending Chicago gangsters, here’s our pick of the 8 things to watch out for this week.
The Versace estate has already made their objections to the The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story known, but won’t make it any less of a must watch for true crime fans. Penelope Cruz serves us fashion royalty realness as Donatella Versace, while Glee star Darren Criss stars as the serial killer that stole the life of fashion designer Gianni. The fact the Ryan Murphy is exec producing means you can count on fabulous set design, coal black humor and one liners sharp enough to slice through silk. If you haven’t watched his previous take on the OJ court case – starring the incredible Sarah Paulson – now’s the time to binge it. Rachel Weber
What: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
When: Starts January 17
After the blockbuster climax to last year’s movie releases, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi splitting fans and inflaming social media, you wouldn’t be blamed for embracing a gentler cinema experience to start 2018. Which is why I’m recommending Paddington 2. Those in the UK who have already seen the sequel (it came out in November 2017 tea-side) can attest to the sheer glorious feel goodness of this flick about a bear who loves marmalade sandwiches; a thrill for children and adults alike. With him dropping in cinemas today, it’s the perfect film to ease you into your 2018 viewing, and once you’re ready for something a little more meaty, check out all the best upcoming movies of 2018 coming your way soon. Lauren O’Callaghan
What: Paddington 2
Where: In theatres
You can make an argument for any of the heroes in the Final Fantasy games being ‘the best in the series’, but the only way to prove it is to make them fight. Well, that’s what Square Enix are hoping, at least. Final Fantasy Dissidia NT lets you pick characters (both heroes and villains) from the legendary RPG series and take them into a 3 vs 3 battle arena. Which means we can finally pit Noctis, Cloud, Zidane, Tidus, Firion and Lightning against each other. Or make them team up to fight the bad guys. If you can’t get a full team of three together online there’s the option to swap in computer controlled allies or opponents, so even if you’re playing alone you can still take Cloud to get his revenge on Sephiroth for killing Aerith. Oh. Spoilers. Sorry.
What: Final Fantasy Dissidia NT open beta
Where: PSN Store (North America and Europe)
When: 12th – 21st January