Cruise thriller, Takei documentary hit the shelves

DVD/Blu-Ray

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy (IMDb). Tom Cruise is proving himself as a great sci-fi actor, following 2013's "Oblivion" up with this film. The concept seems jarring, but the execution on screen is flawless.

To Be Takei (2014)

A look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting (IMDb). Takei's Facebook following is the most friendly, accepting cult out there. That alone makes a documentary on his life compelling.

Million Dollar Arm (2014) - Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball (IMDb). I consider this sports film up there with other Disney-baseball flicks such as Angels in the Outfield.

A Million Ways to Die In The West (2014) - Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival (IMDb). This is Family Guy-style humor, so if crude comedy isn't your thing this movie should be avoided. That being said, I had a good time watching MacFarlane as an actor.

Video Games

Super Smash Bros. (3DS) (10/3) $39.99

The classic Nintendo brawler makes its way to the 3DS, bringing the normal cast of Nintendo characters fighting it out in competitive single and multiplayer. If you're unsure on how Smash Bros. translates to a small screen, try out the demo on the Nintendo eShop before diving in.

Alien Isolation (XBO, X360, PS3, PS4, PC), $59.99

A survival horror stealth game set 15 years after the events of Alien. Amanda is investigating the disappearance of her mother, Ellen Ripley. Sigourney Weaver lends her voice, likeness and blessing to Sega for this follow-up to the cult-classic "Alien." Gameplay at E3 this year was described as ruthlessly unforgiving, which is good for any gamer looking for a challenge.

NBA 2K15 (XBO, X360, PS3, PS4, PC), $59.99

The yearly award-winning basketball game from 2K brings updated graphics and physics as well as new features like MyPark and the Jordan Rec Center, which allows players to play in co-op pick-up games with other gamers.

Final Fantasy XIII (Steam) (10/9), $15.99

The 2010 RPG from Square Enix is getting a PC port. Final Fantasy XIII follows Lightning, a former soldier, as she fights against her government to save her sister who has been frozen a god-like being known as a fal'Cie. Square Enix plans on releasing FFXIII's two sequels in the coming months for PC as well.

Books

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace - Leon Panetta, $24.99

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden, among many important roles in a legendary career (Amazon.com). Modern history buffs will find Panetta's story interesting.

The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan, $11.35

The fifth and final book in "The Heroes of Olympus" series from the writer of Percy Jackson. Percy and his fellow demigods must band together to defeat Gaea and her army of giants. Fans of the Percy Jackson series have most likely been following this new series, and the conclusion is shaping up to be just as exciting as its predecessor.

Confessions: The Paris Mysteries - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, $18.99

After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister (JamesPatterson.com). James Patterson is the bestselling mystery writer for a reason. This is his 128th novel since 1976.