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The Must List: Week of Jan. 4, 2009

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Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood
Anthony Michael Rivetti

MOVIES
1. CLINT EASTWOOD in Gran Torino
He’s back as a surly, foulmouthed, racist ex-autoworker, poised to pummel the punk who messes with his beloved 1972 Ford. Do we feel lucky? Actually, yes. We do.

MOVIES
2. JEFFREY WRIGHT in Cadillac Records
In case you thought there was something the man couldn’t do — he also sings a mean blues as Muddy Waters.

TV
3. THE BACHELOR premiere on ABC
Just when we felt like we couldn’t take another search for true love, the dating show throws us a curve — a single dude who’s a dad. Of a cute 3-year-old. Okay, we give up.

DIGITAL
4. CHILDRENS’ HOSPITAL Web series
The closest thing this medical-drama spoof has to a McDreamy is Rob Corddry in clown makeup. But it’s so hilarious, you’ll still want to get yourself to thewb.com. Stat!

MOVIES
5. THE WRESTLER
Mickey Rourke is a battered fighter looking for one more chance. After this heartbreaking performance, he can have as many as he wants.

BOOKS
6. VOLUNTARY MADNESS, by Norah Vincent
For some, a trip to the psych ward counts as a bad day. For Vincent, it meant great fodder for this true-life account.

MUSIC
7. ”I LIKE YOU SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU’RE NAKED” video, Ida Maria
In her colorful, infectious video, the Norwegian singer beckons, ”C’mon, take me home.” What are you gonna do — say no?

DVD
8. LOST, Season 4 on DVD
Season 5 premieres Jan. 21; in the meantime, catch up on anything you missed with this new set. You don’t want to be left in the dark about the Oceanic 6 or…wait, is Locke dead?

MUSIC
9. ”THE MOUNTAIN,” Heartless Bastards
The Ohio trio’s languid rock epic rises to a breathtaking peak on the strains of a pedal-steel guitar.

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES
10. TIMOTHY HUTTON in Leverage
We fall for his game every time. As a conniving con artist, Hutton’s the real deal on TNT’s new caper series. —Submitted by Kristen

READER’S CHOICE*: DVD
The Dark Knight on DVD
I saw this movie three times in theaters, and I knew I’d never get sick of it. It’s the darkest, most powerful film I’ve ever seen, and it grabs me every single time as if I’ve never seen it before. —Luisa

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
The Big Bang Theory
My vote is for the last five minutes of this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory — a.k.a., Sheldon gets the DNA of Leonard Nimoy. Absolutely hysterical! —Steph

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES
James Franco in Milk
Yes, Sean Penn is mesmerizing in the title role, but Franco also impresses as Harvey’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. Franco has serious chops, and it’s great to see them at last. —Clayton

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
”Womanizer,” Lily Allen
I’m stuck on Lily Allen’s cover of ”Womanizer.” It’s great, and it will be on play in my iPod for weeks to come. —FreeAgent

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer
I’ll take any excuse to see Taylor Kitsch as Gambit. And a shirtless Hugh Jackman is just icing on the cake. —Mary

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