Movies, music and books we're into this week

Another week, another set of media recommendations! This week we've got a fast-paced action flick with Liam Neeson at the helm, a collection of classic rock classics, and book at about a Miami detective who's a scumbag ... but also the good guy.

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The Commuter

Recommended by Rich Edmonds, staff writer

Liam Neeson is one of my all-time favorite actors, more so than Sean Bean because he at least gets a decent helping of screen time without having his character killed off. In The Commuter, Neeson stars as a man who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his regular commute to work.The Commuter is a tense thriller, tasking Neeson with saving passengers on his train as he works to thwart a catastrophic attack by said criminals. If you're a fan of the Taken series or Neeson's other work, you'll dig The Commuter.


The Best Of Everything - The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976 to 2016 — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

Tom Petty passed away a couple of years ago. But the dude is still banging out new albums left and right. Funny how that works with rock stars, huh? The latest album collects 38 of his most popular songs in one place. And it's excellent. The songs span Petty's entire career over 40 years, and it's not just limited to his songs with The Heartbreakers but also includes solo stuff and Mudcrutch songs.If you're a Petty fan, you'll likely know all the tunes on this album. I did. But it's still a great collection that pulls them all together into one place, in a solid order of presentation.

Passing Through — Jay Aymar

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

Jay Aymar is a Canadian singer-songwriter who's been touring and performing tirelessly since before his first album released in 1996. He's known for his deep storytelling ability, weaving Canadiana and personal experiences seamlessly into his music. Released in 2011, Passing Through is my favorite Aymar album and I've seen the songs on it performed live more than a couple of times.If you're a fan of roots folk music that blends country and blues — like the stuff from Guy Clark and John Prine — the songs on this album shouldn't disappoint. I've been listening to it again this week, thoroughly enjoying songs like "Seriously Delirious," "I Really Don't Remember," "Hold on Nashville," and my favorite, the title track "Passing Through."


New Hope for the Dead — Charles Willeford

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

New Hope for the Dead is the second Hoke Moseley detective novel in Willeford's series. It mixes comedy and crime genres in a South Florida setting masterfully. And Willeford's writing and dialogue are fantastic.You'll want to start with the first book in the series, Miami Blues because it sets the stage and introduces many of the characters. And New Hope picks up right where the first book leaves off. My favorite thing about the books are what a lovable loser Moseley is. He lives in a fleabag motel, is constantly breaking police rules, drinks way too much, has no teeth (literally), and is basically a racist and sexist bigot. But he always seems to mean well, and somehow you end up liking the dirtbag.The books are easy, light reading, and though they're a bit dated — the series is from the '80s — I'm really enjoying them.

Remik Szul