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The Must List: October 20, 2006

Ten Things We Love This Week

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The Must List: October 20, 2006

MOVIE
1. ‘THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND’
In Kevin Macdonald’s modern morality tale, a mesmerizing Forest Whitaker captures the mercurial madness of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin — charming one moment, homicidal the next. Review >

TV
2. ‘TCM UNDERGROUND’
On Turner Classic Movies: Devil’s reject Rob Zombie hosts a new late-night series devoted to midnight movies and cult classics.

BOOKS
3. ‘THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN,’ BY CLAIRE MESSUD
A trio of friends in 2001 Manhattan exemplifies the paralytic effects of Upper West Side entitlement and Ivy-laced ennui. Review >

MOVIE
4. ’49 UP’
British filmmaker Michael Apted revisits — as he does every seven years — 14 marvelously ordinary individuals and documents how each has dealt with life’s small victories and disappointments. Review >

MOVIE
5. ‘LITTLE CHILDREN’
It’s the adults who cheat and lie and get bullied on the playground in director Todd Field’s shrewd adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s observant novel. Review >

STAGE
6. ‘A CHORUS LINE’
Kiss today good-bye, and point me toward the ticket line: Broadway’s singular sensation is back in a glittering, dance-tastic revival. Review >

TV
7. ‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’
Will Ted find happiness with Robin? Will Lily find her way back to Marshall? Will Barney find his sensitive side? All will be revealed in season 2 of the CBS sitcom. Preview >

MUSIC
8. ‘PHASES,’ STEVE REICH
Don’t be put off by the ”minimalist” tag: The inventive pieces collected on these five CDs prove Reich’s legacy as a truly influential composer. Review >

BOOKS
9. ‘ABUNDANCE,’ BY SENA JETER NASLUND
In this delectable historical novel, Marie Antoinette recounts her fascinating (but famously abbreviated) journey from sheltered teen to savvy royal. Review >

MOVIE
10. ‘THE DEPARTED’
A cop working deep undercover and a mole who’s infiltrated the police force try to discover the identity of each other in Martin Scorsese’s brutal, brilliant crime drama. Review >