1. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
Something does give: the comfortable and relaxed warmth generated whenever Diane gets to shine alongside Jack.
2. COMIN’ FROM WHERE I’M FROM, ANTHONY HAMILTON
Searing and soaring — if there was a better R&B CD in the past few years, we haven’t heard it.
3. ’21 GRAMS’ SOUNDTRACK
Grams star Benicio Del Toro’s odd — but surprisingly soulful — spoken rendition of ”Shake, Rattle and Roll” amps up the cool on this mostly instrumental album.
4. AVERAGE JOE: HAWAII
By hitting the beach, NBC may be jumping the shark on its reality winner, but schmoes in Speedos are just so train-wreck watchable.
5. VERVE REMIXED 2
Fusion ain’t just about food: Here, the label enlists hot DJs to remix classic jazz numbers. Our fave: Sarah Vaughan cookin’ on a ”Shaft”-like groove.
6. THE CONSPIRACY CLUB, BY JONATHAN KELLERMAN
Giving his kiddie-shrink sleuth Alex Delaware a rest, Kellerman weaves a taut, densely plotted whodunit about one doctor’s brush with loss… and murder.
7. THE FOG OF WAR
A powerful documentary that reveals the failures of statesman-warrior Robert S. McNamara and his lack of moral clarity in pursuit of victory.
8. LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING
It’s so good, you won’t mind a theater full of Elvish-spouting geeks, a numb posterior, or the innumerable false endings.
9. FREAKY FRIDAY
Two pleasant surprises await those watching for the first time on DVD: (1) a family film better than the 1976 original and (2) Jamie Lee Curtis’ giddily self-assured performance.
10. SEX AND THE CITY
No fan worth her Blahniks can miss the final eight episodes of the series that took the sting out of being a lonely, neurotic New Yorker.