The best new books, music and movies to liven up your weekend

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Picks of the week...

Rather than slogging through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week so you don't have to get it yourself.

This week we've found an innovative Tom Hardy film that will mesmerize you from the seat of a car, a new album that proves Spoon hasn't lost its soul, a hilariously insightful book from a bad feminist, and much, much more.

Enjoy!

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Roxanne Gay is a feminist full of contradictions, but in her book of essays called Bad Feminist, she uses those contradiction to weave funny and insightful arguments on everything from the pains of watching The Help, to bemoaning role models like Bill Cosby who urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens, despite socioeconomic issues that exacerbate racism and poverty. Whatever the topic, you can bet Gay has a witty and brave response as she takes a sincere look at the way the culture we consume becomes who we are.

iTunes - $10.99

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol 1.

If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet you should probably put your weekend plans on hold until you’re familiar with all things Groot. Once you’re out of the theater though, I highly recommend taking StarLord’s Awesome Mix for a spin to relive all the goodness from the best comic book movie of the summer.

iTunes - $8.99

Locke

Film buffs looking for something a little more innovative than a comic book superhero reboot should turn their attention to Tom Hardy in Locke. The entire movie plays out in real-time from Hardy’s moving car, which sounds incredibly boring, expect it’s actually one of the most suspenseful and mesmerizing movies you’ll see all year.

iTunes - $14.99

Powers of Two, by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Creative duos like Woz and Jobs or Lennon and McCarthy or even Beyonce and Jay Z, have shaped so much of our world, so in Power of Two, Joshua Shenk sets out to identify the core qualities that give duos their powerful chemistry. Drawing on scientific research, Shenk will not only change how you think about innovation, but he also carefully builds an argument that pairing should become core foundation for all creative efforts.

iTunes - $14.99

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The world’s favorite spandex-wearing, web-slinging, villain-fighting super hero is back in action for installment #2 of the new Amazing Spider-Man series. After getting his girlfriend’s dad killed in the first movie, Spidey faces a new deadly threat in the form of Electro. The crying and cheesy scenes are about on par with the last movie, but it’s the emergence of the Sinister Six and Peter’s old friend, Harry Osborn, that will leave you wanting more.

iTunes - $17.99

Spoon - They Want My Soul

Few bands can survive two decades of music making without losing their soul (just ask GreenDay), but Spoon is one of them. Their eighth album, They Want My Soul is the Austin group’s first new effort in four years, and still kicks out elegant rock n’roll tunes with remarkable dependability, making it the best album of the week to play loudly in your car on one last summer road trip.

iTunes - $9.99

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer

What would happen if all the world’s information, news, and social media was suddenly made private? That’s the premise in David Shafer’s stunning debut, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, that features an epic battle for control of all the world’s information, in a tale that mixes crime fiction, espionage, and the darkest corners of Silicon Valley, all into one hilariously dark novel about paranoia and big business.

iTunes - $7.99

The #1's - The Number Ones

Anyone who loved The Strokes in the early 2000’s will probably enjoy the power-pop songs from the #1’s self-titled debut album. Punching through your speaker with unmatched simplicity and craft, the four man group from Ireland will thrill you with their electrified pop-punk that’s sugary sweet, and completely wild at the same time.

iTunes - $9.90

The One I Love

I’m down to watch pretty much anything that stars Mark Duplass or Elizabeth Moss, even if it’s another romantic comedy. Luckily, The One I Love is so much more than just a love story, thanks to its inventive writing and directing, and an unexpectedly weird/great twist.

iTunes - $9.99