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Phil Villarreal
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Games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings universe have consistently disappointed, but that trend finally changes with the release of the excellent action RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. A gripping, lavishly told revenge tale, the writing and cinematic presentation meshes well with Peter Jackson's film adaptations of Tolkien's work. It's also a…
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Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy. You can't always avoid a debilitating illness, but being smart about your health can save you thousands.
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Buying a new home? Before you sign on the dotted line,make sure you've checked for these common (and expensive) property problems.
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No one wants to be known as the jerk of the office, but it's those who don't care how they're labeled who tend to rise to the top.
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Madden NFL 15 is the lead blocker in a dynamite flurry of releases, which include a pair of last-gen remakes, released in bigger, badder and better-looking forms. Those would be the co-op friendly hack-and-loot-fest Diablo III, as well as the brutal Russian subway-set shooters Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033, packaged together as Metro Redux. Those…
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Of all David Fincher's accomplishments as a director, he may pull off his most impressive feat of all in Gone Girl -- getting Tyler Perry nominated for an Oscar. Yes, the man who has played Madea more times than Robert De Nir...
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It's one of the toughest times of the year for gamers to keep their wallets shut. Just about every week from here to Black Friday will deliver at least one jaw-dropping release that demands you divert your rent money. And some weeks bring out three such temptresses. For 3DS owners, Super Smash Bros. is the game…
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Some jobs should be left to the pros. If you're feeling confident about your DIY skills, you should read this before you leave yourself with a flooded house or gnarled hairdo.
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Seemingly every console gamer's sudden new obsession is Destiny, the MMO-inspired, open-world first-person shooter with touches of Halo, Mass Effect, Starcraft and Diablo.  Feeling fun, fresh and innovative despite doing so much recycling, the shooter is bold and ambitious to an overwhelming point. Another new release, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on 3DS, freely draws from…
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Destiny is the week's colossal launch, but it's not in this week's post because servers just went up yesterday. There are plenty of other big releases to pick up the slack, though. Even though it seems as though the Stanley Cup Finals just ended, NHL 15 cross-checks its way onto shelves as a harbinger of the upcoming…
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An expansion that's deep and robust enough to be its own game rather than add-on content, Infamous: First Light builds off the thrills of Infamous: Second Son to become one of the best action games on the PS4. It was a clever move by Sony to separate the DLC from the main game, letting curious…
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  • MoneyUnder30.com
    Columnist, 2013 - present
  • COED.com
    Movie/games critic, 2013 - present
  • Arizona Daily Star
    Writer, 1996 - 2014
  • GuySpeed
    Videogames Editor, 2011 - 2011
  • OK Magazine
    Film Critic, 2009 - 2012
  • Consumerist
    Associate Editor, 2009 - 2012
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  • University of Arizona
    Business Management, 1996 - 2000
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