Each week we like to help you separate the awesome from the awful among the new music and home video releases. After all, no one wants to waste their hard-earned dollars.
Here is what's new and worth a look this week:
AC/DC, Rock or Bust. Granted, if you have one AC/DC album (and chances are you do—Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million copies to date), you pretty much have all the AC/DC you need. But each new release comes with some new gems to the Aussie stomp-rock canon, and Rock or Bust comes with additional intrigue thanks to dementia in rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and alleged murder-for-hire plots involving drummer Phil Rudd. It's all very rock 'n' roll. Here's a taste of the new AC/DC, via a tune called "Play Ball," and it's just as subtle as one might expect:
She & Him, Classics. Haters gonna hate, but this project of manic pixie dream girl Zooey Deschanel and uber-talented M. Ward has consistently delivered solid retro-sounding tunes touching on girl-group doo-wop, '60s blue-eyed soul and classic country. On this new one, the duo tackles a slew of covers ranging from the expected (Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin) to the surprising (Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert). Here's their take on Springfield's "Stay Awhile:"
Wu-Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow. It's a little hard to believe that this new Wu-Tang album ever saw the light of day, given the hip-hoppers' utter dysfunction in how they work together (or don't). But they did a lot of live shows this summer, and here comes a new set of East Coast rhymes that ushers the one-time sonic pioneers into middle age.
MOVIES & TV
This week's big mainstream release is the well-received Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and those looking for something the whole family can enjoy, from Grandma on down to the kids, might want to check out the Helen Mirren foodie flick The Hundred-Foot Journey.
If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, though, consider The Congress, a tripped-out look at Hollywood, aging and technology in which Robin Wright plays a version of herself who sells her digital likeness to "Miramount Studio" in order to care for her sick child, only to see that digital likeness become a star years later. Here's a look:
As we all eagerly await Season 2 of Broad City to kick off on Jan. 14 (see the NSFW teaser trailer for the new season here), Season 1 appears on DVD to remind you that Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are making some of the funniest comedy on TV or the web (where this series got its start).