By Corey Tierney

Movies 

The Grand Budapest Hotel 

March 7

Iconic director Wes Anderson is back for another film that showcases his distinctively quirky style. He is not all flair, however, since three of his eight movies have been nominated for Academy Awards. Two were recognized for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Animated Feature. His stories are guaranteed to run you through the gamut of human emotion; this one in particular features murder, romance and revenge set in a hotel in 1920s Europe.

Starring: Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past 

May 23

In the seventh installment of the film series, “X-Men” veteran Bryan Singer directs a story that takes place in both the present and the 1970s. The original superhero clan teams up with their younger selves in a battle against a new enemy from the comic series played by “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence

 

Books

“Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare

May 27

As the sixth and final installment of “The Mortal Instruments” fantasy series, this novel has been seven years in the making. It follows main characters Clary, Jace and Simon as they and the Shadowhunter world fall victim to an unexpected enemy, one who is closer to them than they could have ever imagined.

Amazon: $13.24, Amazon Kindle ebook: $10.67, Barnes & Noble: $14.19 (hardcover), Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook: $10.67

 

“One Man Guy” by Michael Barakiva

May 27

Successful theater director Michael Barakiva is releasing his first novel, which has already garnered a lot of hype. The story highlights a young Armenian boy after his parents have sent him to summer school, where he meets a mysterious new friend and discovers a lot about love, culture and his own sexuality.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble: $13.85 (Hardcover), Amazon Kindle ebook: $8.89, Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook: $9.99

 

CDs

Foster the People “Supermodel”

March 14

Led by musical prodigy Mark Foster, this indie-rock trio’s sophomore album has been buzzed about for over a year now. Their first release (“Torches,” 2011) was a huge success, with “Pumped Up Kicks” still being played on radio stations. They have already released the single “Coming of Age,” which has the same laid back, electronic-infused rock style as their freshman release. But don’t worry; it is far from the same old, same old. With the same bag of tricks, the group manages to make their original sound fresh and exciting.

iTunes: $9.99, Amazon: $11.88

 

Shakira “Shakira” 

March 25

After a four-year break (mainly spent as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice”), one of the biggest players in the Latin crossover genre is releasing her self-titled 10th album. The first single “Can’t Remember to Forget You” features fellow pop superstar Rihanna and already debuted near the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her high energy beats and stuck-in-your-head lyrics are sure to produce some summer hits.

iTunes: $7.99, Amazon: $9.99