"Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" and the second season premiere of the third "Power" spin-off, "Power Book IV: Force," are among the new TV shows, films, music, and games coming to a device near you.
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Selected by The Associated Press' entertainment journalists as worth your time are the new musical game for the Nintendo Switch, Samba de Amigo: Party Central, the fine-dining satire "The Menu" available on Hulu, and a new album from the 20-member K-pop supergroup NCT.
— "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," Harrison Ford's final performance as the adventurous archaeologist, is now available to watch at home via video-on-demand. This fifth installment may not be as excellent as "Raiders" or "The Last Crusade," but it's more enjoyable than many credited it for during its turbulent release this summer. Experienced director James Mangold took over from Steven Spielberg and does his best to encapsulate all the things we adore about Indy, including a possibly overly long flashback featuring our hero de-aged to 45. It's not really necessary because Ford, at 80, is performing at his best — as humorous, lively, and willing as he ever was. Plus, there's the added bonus of a fantastic new character portrayed by "Fleabag's" Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
— As it's the start of the month, Hulu has a lot of excellent new content coming on Friday, including the Coen brothers' "Hail Caesar!" and "Raising Arizona," Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," and the always re-watchable "The Devil Wears Prada." And on Sunday, Mark Mylod's fine-dining satire "The Menu" arrives, too, with its outstanding ensemble, including Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicholas Hoult, and sharp critiques of wealth and privilege. In his review, AP Film Writer Jake Coyle wrote that while it may be aimed at "somewhat low-hanging fruit," Mylod brings a cool, stylish flare to another cleverly staged eat-the-rich comedy that — particularly thanks to the elite eye-rolling of Taylor-Joy and Fiennes' tormented artist — is still a very tasty snack."
— And if "Gran Turismo" has you craving more speed in your life, The Criterion Channel has the solution with a '70s Car Movies anthology arriving in your living room starting Friday. Among the offerings are Steven Spielberg’s 1971 thriller “Duel,” Lee H. Katzin’s Steve McQueen racing classic “Le Mans,” Michael Cimino’s Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges crime caper “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” and the original “Gone in 60 Seconds.”
— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
— They originated from Sweden via outer space, and now the explosive electropop duo Icona Pop is back with their third full-length album and first in 10 years, "Club Romantech." Members Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt ensured the wait was worthwhile. The release is packed with post-hiatus cosmic pop, catchy hooks as addictive as the one in the Charli XCX -penned hit "I Love It" that put them on the map in 2012. That’s evident in their single with Galantis, "I want you" and the playful chorus "I want you/We don’t have to play these games, play these games/ ’Cause I want you." It pays to be straightforward.
— In their lead single and title track from their fourth full-length album, the 20-member K-pop supergroup NCT announces they’ve entered their "Golden Age." Who could argue otherwise? The track, which serves as the LP’s closer and its thematic anchor, is an eclecticist’s dream: absurdist trap, glossy vocal harmonies, and an interpolation of some Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Sonata Pathétique” II. Adagio cantabile — in one. And that’s not even the best part: all 20 members are heard on it, a rarity and feat in itself, which of course includes NCT’s famed subunits, NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV. No matter your bias, there’s a lot to love.
— AP Music Writer Maria Sherman
— "One Piece," a new live-action fantasy series coming to Netflix, has been adapted from a popular Japanese manga and anime series. The graphic novels by Eiichiro Oda have sold more than 516 million copies across 103 volumes in 61 countries, making its success akin to the "Harry Potter" book series. The story follows a protagonist named Monkey D. Luffy who sails the ocean in search of treasure with his band of pirates. "One Piece" debuted Thursday on Netflix.
— The fantasy series "The Wheel of Time" returns to Prime Video for its second season on Friday. Rosamund Pike stars as Moiraine Damodred, a member of the Aes Sedai, a group of women with magical gifts. We meet Moiraine on a quest to find the Dragon, a long-deceased leader with the power to save or destroy the world. "The Wheel of Time" is based on a 14-book series of the same name created by Robert Jordan. A third season has already been ordered.
— The third "Power" spin-off, "Power Book IV: Force," premieres its second season on Starz on Friday. It focuses on Joseph Sikora’s Tommy Egan character, a convicted drug dealer who leaves New York for Chicago to continue his criminal enterprise.
— Alicia Rancilio
— This summer's Final Fantasy XVI brought significant changes to the storied franchise — and made some of us a little nostalgic for the FFs of the 1990s. Canada's Sabotage Studio aims to satisfy that craving with Sea of Stars, its new retro-inspired adventure. Its pixelated, top-down graphics and turn-by-turn combat are designed to induce flashbacks in fans of old-school role-playing games. And then there’s its story: Two mages, the Children of the Solstice, team up with other do-gooders to stop an evil alchemist, The Fleshmancer, from destroying the world. It even has fishing and cooking minigames! You don’t need to travel back in time 30 years; this epic begins Tuesday on PlayStation 5/4, Xbox X/S/One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
— Speaking of old-school, Sega has decided it’s time to revive a long-dormant character from the ’90s: Amigo, the sombrero-wearing, maracas-shaking Brazilian monkey. He’s back in Samba de Amigo: Party Central, a new musical game for the Nintendo Switch. It turns the Switch’s palm-sized Joy-Con controllers into a pair of maracas, and your challenge is to shake them in rhythm to an assortment of dance hits. The 40-song soundtrack ranges from current stars like Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen to veterans like Culture Club and Gloria Gaynor, with more downloadable tunes on the way. Amigo is ready to bring the fiesta to your living room on Tuesday.
— Lou Kesten
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The story was first published on Aug. 28, 2023. It was updated on Sept. 1, 2023, to reflect that the new "Indiana Jones" movie is the fifth installment in the series, not the fourth.