Aloha (2015) - Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone
A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-changing Air Force watchdog assigned to him (IMDb.com). This is a Cameron Crowe movie that feels more like "Elizabethtown" than "Jerry Maguire." His writing is strong and sometimes strange, and we've only seen two written features from him since 2005. Come in not expecting your ordinary rom-com and you should find some value here.
Citizenfour (2014) - Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden (IMDb.com). I have never seen such an engrossing documentary in terms of immediacy and authenticity. This isn't a story where the filmmakers interviewed Snowden after he leaked everything to Greenwald. It's happening in seemingly real-time. You see Snowden pacing the room, nervous as he explains what he's handing over. It's a very human side to a story that has shaped the way we think about online privacy.
Madden NFL 16 (PS3, PS4, X360, XONE)
Football season is nearly upon us, and that means another edition of Madden is making its way to gamers. Because this is a yearly iteration, new games in the Madden series often see a whole slew of features outside of the actual gameplay engine, with a handful of major tweaks to the actual engine itself. This year everyone's talking about the revamped passer and defender engine, where plays can be made while the ball is in the air. It helps make passing plays more dynamic, and Madden veterans will appreciate the change in offense.
X - Sue Grafton (416 pages)
The 24th book in the Kinsey Millhone series, where she must deal with a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim (Goodreads.com). Grafton published the first Millhone novel in 1982.
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny (384 pages)
Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might not have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, it is back. (Goodreads.com).
Another Day - David Levithan (300 pages)
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller "Every Day," Levithan tells Rhiannon's side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you (Goodreads.com).