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The Must List: April 13, 2007

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The Must List: April 13, 2007

DVD
1. VOLVER
Penélope Cruz has never been better than as a resourceful, knockout mom in Pedro Almodóvar’s stunning dramedy, now on DVD. Review >

MUSIC
2. ”THE TRAFFIC JAM,” Stephen Marley
We be jammin’ to this track — a confident blend of hip-hop and reggae — off Mind Control, the first solo album from Marley (yep, son of Bob). Review >

BOOK
3. DARK AT THE ROOTS, by Sarah Thyre
Thyre writes about trying to transcend a lower-middle-class upbringing in her smart, spunky memoir. Review >

MOVIE
4. KILLER OF SHEEP
Finally in (select) theaters: a newly restored version of director Charles Burnett’s groundbreaking 1977 drama, about an African-American slaughterhouse worker living in an L.A. ghetto. Review >

MUSIC
5. BECAUSE OF THE TIMES, Kings of Leon
A risk-taking third CD from these Southern alt-rockers is the band’s crowning achievement. Review >

MOVIE
6. BLADES OF GLORY
Real-life spouses Amy Poehler and Will Arnett steal the movie as conniving (and rather creepy) skating siblings. Review >

STAGE
7. SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL
Celebs like Josh Lucas and Rachel Dratch guest-star in an in-his-own-words, Off Broadway salute to the late monologuist’s life and work.

BOOK
8. THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD, by Lionel Shriver
The author explores two possible destinies for a woman torn between her stable relationship and a wild romance in this candid novel. Review >

INTERNET
9. JIBJAB.COM
Known for its parodies of the Bush administration and a musical send-up of the nightly news, this jokey website is always good for a laugh.

TV
10. THE SHIELD
Brash detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) is armed and ready to avenge a murdered fellow officer, in the sixth gritty season of FX’s searing cop drama. Review >

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