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The Must List: January 12, 2007

Ten Things We Love This Week

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The Must List: January 12, 2007

MOVIE
1. ‘DREAMGIRLS’
A rapturously entertaining and energetic movie musical — about the triumphs and tragedies of a Supremes-like girl group — buoyed by the knockout performance of Jennifer Hudson.

TV
2. ‘ROME’
Caesar is dead and the senate is in disarray. What will become of plucky plebe heroes Pullo and Vorenus? Season 2 of HBO’s decadent series commences!

BOOKS
3. ‘SOUND BITES,’ BY ALEX KAPRANOS
A collection of food columns written — with flair and passion — by the lead singer of the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand.

TV
4. THE TUBE
A TV channel devoted exclusively to music videos. Again. Now we can see if the Art of Noise’s ”Close (to the Edit)” clip is as good as we remembered. Visit thetubetvinfo.com for your local listings.
STAGE
5. ‘SPRING AWAKENING’
Songwriters Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater turn a 115-year-old German expressionist play into an edgy, electric Broadway musical.

DVD
6. ‘THE ANT BULLY’
On DVD: Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, and Paul Giamatti lend their vocal talents to this overlooked and underappreciated animated flick.

MOVIE
7. ‘LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA’
In his profoundly moving bookend to Flags of Our Fathers, director Clint Eastwood examines the decisive WWII battle from the Japanese point of view.

MUSIC
8. ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT,’ NAS
Hip-hop is dead — or so his new album proclaims. But the cool rhymes of this R&B-flecked track prove that reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

BOOKS
9. ‘THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE,’ BY PHILIPPA GREGORY
Palace intrigue reaches a fever pitch in a richly detailed novel of life (and death) in the court of Henry VIII.

MOVIE
10. ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’
Bringing warmth and dignity to their roles, Dakota Fanning and Julia Roberts (who voices the heroic arachnid) headline a swell adaptation of E.B. White’s classic kids’ tale.

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