Movies and music we're into this week

The weekend is just around the corner, and you're probably keen to put your feet up and enjoy some downtime. What better way to relax than with some great tunes or a great movie? If you're looking for some suggestions for either medium, we put together a collection of some of the best stuff out there right now.

Movies and TV

Here are some of the movies and TV shows the Windows Central team is enjoying this week.

Independence Day

Recommended by Richard Devine, Windows Central writer

The UK doesn't celebrate July 4th, but we can celebrate this classic movie charting the world's struggle for independence against a different kind of threat. Critics may have been salty towards Independence Day when it released, but this movie was one of my favorites as a kid and remains such today. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, incredible special effects and all round 'badassery.' What's not to like?

Just do us a favor and ignore the 2016 sequel. We don't need to talk about that one.

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Dimension W — Season One

Recommended by Daniel Rubino, Windows Central executive editor

I don't watch a lot of anime because I only prefer specific genres, but Dimension W ticks most of what I need. Taking place on 2072 the world is powered by energy harvested from a fourth-dimensional axis called Dimension W through "cross-dimensional electromagnetic induction devices" referred to as Coils. From there, conspiracies rage on as a collector – people who hunt down illegal coils – discovers there is a lot more going on that what is believed.

Dimension W is at times humorous, has impressive action sequences and has a Blade Runner vibe albeit not as dark and gloomy. Plus, it has truncated icosahedrons, a company called New Tesla, a gynoid (née fembot), and other nifty science bits that kept me interested.

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Hell or High Water

Recommended by Al Sacco, Windows Central managing editor

This is a quiet, bleak downer of a bank-robbery flick. All of those things are usually bad qualities, and you definitely have to be in the right mood for this film. But if you are, it's a hell of an experience. The acting is first-class. The movie is visually stunning. And it captures the unique landscape of desolate West Texas perfectly. (I have family in that area and visit once a year, so I know.) It's more cerebral than exciting, better looking than fast paced, but Hell or High Water really stuck in my head. And I highly recommend it.

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Waiting on a Song — Dan Auerbach

Recommended by Al Sacco, Windows Central managing editor

Dan Auerbach is one half of the blues-rock duo known as The Black Keys. I'm a huge Black Keys fan and have been for years. But even as a fan, I can say without hesitation that all their albums sound very similar. If you like that sound, that's a good thing. But it can get repetitive. Auerbach's new solo album moves way away from the traditional Black Keys feel and toward a more California-surfer, I'm-happy-and-laidback-but-not-too-happy-to-write-moving-music feel. If that makes sense. The album is different than what I expected, but I'm still really digging it. And I think you will too.

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Disturbed — Live at Red Rocks

Recommended by Richard Devine, Windows Central writer

I've been a fan of Disturbed since the very beginning. The only thing better is some live Disturbed, and Red Rocks is the band's latest that throws out hits from across their musical life. And frankly, it's worth listening to just to hear David Draiman power through The Sound of Silence.So. Good.

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Heart and Soul — The Winans

Recommended by Jason Ward, Windows Central contributing writer

I find gospel music soothing, encouraging and inspiring, and it brings my thoughts toward a place of worship and honor of God. The smooth soulful tones of the Winans are particularly touching.

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Unravelling — We Were Promised Jetpacks

Recommended by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, Windows Central news writer

I've been making an effort lately to go back through some of the stuff I used to jam out to, but fell out of for some reason over the past few years. On the top of that list was Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks. whose most recent release was 2014's "Unravelling." I've always loved these guys for the way they play with dynamics, going from a tentative whisper to a wall of sound throughout the course of a song — oftentimes more than once. Plus I love Scottish accents.Recommended cut from this album: Peaks and Troughs.

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Your picks?

What have you been watching and listening to this week? We want to know, so drop a comment and share your recommendations.

Al Sacco

Al Sacco is content director of Future PLC's Mobile Technology Vertical, which includes, and He is a veteran reporter, writer, reviewer and editor who has professionally covered and evaluated IT and mobile technology, and countless associated gadgets and accessories, for more than a decade. You can keep up with Al on Twitter and Instagram.