Diego Luna's heartfelt biographical drama, "Cesar Chavez," chronicles the five-year struggle of the United Farm Workers co-founder in the 1960s to get California grape growers to the negotiating table to hammer out fair wages and better conditions for exploited field laborers.
Various Artists, "Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" (Rhino)
One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album "Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer. Proceeds from the album go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
"John Wayne: The Life and Legend" (Simon & Schuster), by Scott Eyman
Who's that on the cover of Scott Eyman's splendid biography of Hollywood's most enduring movie star? Surely that wavy-haired young fellow in the suit and tie isn't John Wayne. Where's the Stetson, the Winchester rifle, the six-shooter, the boots and spurs?
"Remember Me," Sage the Gemini (Universal Republic)
There is a distinct old school West Coast vibe to rapper Sage the Gemini's first album "Remember Me." Minimalist beat structures blend with an assured lyrical approach to make this debut memorable indeed.
Shakira, "Shakira" (RCA Records)
"Shakira," her tenth album, features the 37-year-old taking a back seat as lead songwriter and producer, and that doesn't come off as a wise move.
Three local hair stylists opined on the hair trends of spring 2014, as well as those from last year that the fashion world has not yet relinquished.
Leaving behind the original's grungy Jakarta tenement setting for the luxurious hangouts of Indonesia's organized crime overlords, "The Raid 2" pumps up its production values several notches.
Elton John, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)" (Universal Music Enterprises)
It's time to dig yet again into the Elton John archives. Ten years have passed since the release of the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition."
"A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" (Simon and Schuster), by Jimmy Carter
In his new book, "A Call to Action," former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who twist holy texts to assert male dominance.
Less than a week after they won a $96.5 million Powerball prize, an eastern Missouri husband and wife have already made big changes in their lives and big plans for their future.
The domes and arched ceilings — each arrayed with tiles in herringbone and basket-weave patterns — are hidden in plain sight.
The Hold Steady, "Teeth Dreams" (Razor & Tie)
The Hold Steady is a garage band at heart, but it's a two-car garage in a nice neighborhood, and there might be a Mercedes inside.
Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday.
In his new book, "Life, Animated," Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son's emotions.
Unseen in the tree-shrouded hills overlooking downtown Portland are rifle-toting coyotes wearing Napoleonic uniforms, birds ferrying human children on their backs and an army of mole knights living underground.