Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) - Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
The sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is set 10 years in the future after a disease wipes out many of the humans left on the planet. The reboot of this franchise has been exceptionally successful, and Andy Serkis once again proves that he is the reigning king of motion capture.
As Above, So Below (2014) - Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead (IMDb). A claustrophobic horror film set in a historical location seems like a great plot, but this film does follow most horror film formulas and falls flat in many places. Horror film fans should enjoy it nonetheless.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) - Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery (IMDb). Adapted from the Richard C. Morais novel by Steven Knight, this film carries a great premise and potential that fell short for many critics.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin (272 pages)
A crotchety bookstore owner on a windblown island off of the Massachusetts coast plans to drink himself to oblivion after losing his wife, but a shocking delivery alters his life forever (iBooks). Early reviews for this short read have been very positive, praising how it touches on life and love in a deeply profound way while keeping the story brisk and relatable.
Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect - Mark Greaney (688 pages)
Clancy fans will enjoy another Jack Ryan novel, now penned by Greaney after Clancy's death in 2013. This novel follows Jack Ryan Jr., his father now the President of the United States, as he tries to navigate North Korean relations and their newfound resources flowing into their nuclear weapons program.
Vicious - Sara Shepard (352 pages)
This is book number 16 in the "Pretty Little Liars" series, following the trial of Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily as they face accusations of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Alison is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder (Amazon.com).
The Crew (XONE, PS4, PC) (10/2)
Fans of "Need for Speed" and "Burnout" have been anticipating this release for a while now. This racing game is set in a huge open world that spans a good chunk of the United States, with early previews claiming it takes nearly 2 hours to drive from one end to the other. The persistent multiplayer blended into the core game itself may pose server problems at launch, but Ubisoft is anticipating a smooth experience across all platforms.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U) (10/5)
Nintendo took a minigame from last year's "Super Mario 3D World" and gave Toad a complete puzzle game based on the same mechanics. Toad must navigate each level to get a gold star but, unlike Mario, doesn't have the finesse or jumping powers to go around kicking enemies.
Nintendo is always great at level design, and at $40 this should be a great addition to the Wii U lineup.