Oh. Hey. It's April. Winter is in the rearview, and spring is upon us. While many of us will take the opportunity to get outside and take in the fresh air, you still need to unwind afterward, right? The fine folks at Windows Central have some suggestions for movies, TV, books and music we're into this week. Go on, take a gander.

If nothing here is up your alley, there are plenty of other picks from weeks past at the link below.

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Movies

Glass

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

Unbreakable, the first installment in M. Night Shyamalan's superhero trilogy, was a great movie with an interesting premise involving superhuman strength and unnatural resilience. I'm glad the director decided to extend the story with a full trilogy.

I don't want to give too much away, but the second movie, Split (starring James McAvoy), set up quite the plot for Glass. Samuel L. Jackson's character, Mr. Glass, is afflicted with osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones extremely fragile. He spent his life searching for people at the other end of the spectrum who could survive deadly experiences without harm, and now he has two prime subjects to pit against each other as the trilogy wraps up. If you haven't seen the first two movies, be sure to go back and watch them before tackling this one.


A Quiet Place

Recommended by Rich Edmonds, Staff reviewer

There's not a whole lot to say about A Quiet Place — just had to include a pun — aside from it's a tense roller coaster ride. The movie follows a family, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by deadly monsters.

These monsters are blind and must solely rely on sounds to track prey, which is what makes A Quiet Place so tense at points since the family needs to keep quiet. There are a few plot holes you'll realize towards the end of the movie, but overall it's a blast.


TV

Game of Thrones

Recommended by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, news editor

I'm going on vacation next week, and I have quite a few plans to keep myself busy. Among them is running through the last few seasons of Game of Thrones to keep everything fresh in my memory ahead of the final season's premiere on April 14.

I started off with the series when season one was still fresh and new, thanks to a suggestion from my roommate at the time, and I was hooked from the start. The interpersonal relationships, conflicts, epic battles, and fantasy atmosphere are all right up my alley. With the twists and turns the series is known for, along with the two year wait between seasons, I can't wait to see how Game of Thrones will surprise us with its final six episodes.

So, while I'm trying my best not to become a couch potato over my vacation, Game of Thrones is on my to-do list.


Drugs Inc

Recommended by Jez Corden, senior editor

Drugs Inc is a sobering look at life in the narcotics industry, mostly in the US. From the cops trying to stifle the flow of drugs hitting the streets, to the dealers trying to make ends meet in one of the most dangerous trades in the world, to the addicts and their daily struggles, Drugs Inc pulls no punches, offering a graphic view of life in the game.

Drugs Inc is about as real as it gets, so don't expect many happy endings. While the presentation can often come across a little biased, the work the team did to get fully immersed in the dangerous trade is relentlessly impressive.

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Music

HALO – pH-1

Recommended by Matt Brown, staff writer

Known for mellow tracks and carefree vocals, Home Alone, Lights Out is the first full-length album from rapper pH-1. The twelve-track complication, better known as HALO, is packed with suave melodies for those lazy at-home weekends. Personal highlights include "Push Me," "Making Film," and title track "Like Me."

The Very Best of Otis Redding — Otis Redding

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

Whether you're familiar with the name Otis Redding or not, you're likely familiar with his music. Redding's '(Sitting' on) The Dock of the Bay' is a true classic. But Redding made sooooo many more great songs that most folks probably don't know. This best-of roundup includes lots of his best stuff. It's feel-good, easy listening with soul. If you're looking for something a little different, you could do much worse than this album. You really can't go wrong with Otis.


Books

Supermarket — Bobby Hall

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

Supermarket is a really odd book. Written by hip hop artist Bobby Hall, a.k.a., Logic (who I've never heard of, but I'm old), it's the tale of a loner (loser) guy named Flynn in small-town Oregon with his heart set on writing a novel. But he simply doesn't have any great ideas, and he wants his book to be about everyday life. So he gets a job at a nearby supermarket to study the Average Janes and Joes employed there.

It sounds simple enough. And kind of boring. But as the tale unravels, it's clear that the narrator and protagonist(?) is not at all who you (or even he) think he is. It goes from light and humorous to dark and kind of scary very quickly. And though the book really didn't grab me at first, I'm about two-thirds of the way through it now, and I'm anxious to see how it all ends up. It's a unique, different read if nothing else.


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