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The Must List: Mar 25, 2005

Punk girls, disco divas, and 8 other things we recommend this week

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The Must List: Mar 25, 2005

MOVIE
1. MILLIONS
Danny Boyle, family-friendly? Yup. There are no junkies or zombies in his tenderhearted yarn about two wee lads and some heaven-sent swag. Review >

DVD
2. HEAT
On a new two-disc DVD set: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star in Michael Mann’s sleek reinvention of the cops-and-robbers genre. Review >

BOOKS
3. THE FABULOUS SYLVESTER, BY JOSHUA GAMSON
Sequin-clad, gender-bending disco diva Sylvester, who died of AIDS in 1988, gets his props in this passionate, poignant bio. Review >

MUSIC
4. CUT, THE SLITS
On this new reissue, England’s late-’70s riot femmes snarl and spit through 12 jagged shards of serrated reggae-punk.

STAGE
5. KIERAN CULKIN IN ‘AFTER ASHLEY’
Mac’s bro goes down — and burns up the stage — in Gina Gionfriddo’s bleak comedy of family tragedy and media madness.

BOOKS
6. KAFKA ON THE SHORE, BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
Reality blurs with the absurd, and the profound collides with the mundane, in this enigmatic, enthralling Japanese tale of a cat-catching misfit and a teen runaway (named Kafka). Review >

TV
7. FAYE DUNAWAY ON ‘THE STARLET’
The highlight of The WB’s frighteningly watchable Top Model knockoff is the erstwhile Mommie Dearest — a loopier Simon Cowell to some thespian wannabes. News >

POP CULTURE
8. CHANNEL101.COM
Vote on a lineup of Web shorts — like the hilarious O.C. parody, The ‘Bu — at this low-budget, high-laffs site. If only TV worked this way…

MOVIE
9. THE BEST OF YOUTH
If you loved The Leopard, check out this six-hour Italian epic. As addictive as a soap opera and as deep as a literary classic. Review >

DVD
10. LAURA
Watch the DVD and you’ll understand why anyone who’s seen Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger’s 1944 noir classic has been haunted by her ever since.