The Suicide Squad (2021 Movie):
I'm part of the problem with this movie's box office under performance. I watched it on HBO Max without guilt, and I loved it. This movie lived up to it's name much better than the 2016 version. It involves a large team of conscripted villains who must carry out a mission in a fictional Latin American country in exchange for reduced sentences, or get their heads exploded. Despite the ridiculous characters, you actually come to care for them. King Shark is sure to be many people's favorite with his line: "Num num?" My favorite was Polka Dot Man and his mom. Hilarious and awesome. Check it out.
Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tcalkovsky:
This book has a cool twist on the typical fantasy race fare. They are all human with insect "kinden" sub groups. Flies are short and can conjure wings, Beetles are stocky and persistant, Wasps are flying, stinging @ssholes just like their insect counterparts, and so on. The story revolves around an over-the-hill Beetle spymaster/professor who must recruit some of his brightest students for a secret mission against the encroaching Wasp empire. It also has an interesting debuff for a lot of the characters where some cannot figure out how to use any form of technology, while others cannot acknowledge magic even when its effects are used in plain view. There are many more books in this series, so I'll likely be recommending other parts of the series in future installments.