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The Must List: September 30, 2005

POP CULTURE
1. ‘MADDEN NFL 06’
Too scrawny to play football in school, the ML must settle for the next best thing: opening giant cans of whupass with this great videogame.

TV
2. ‘BODIES’
Professional jealousies, cold-hearted cynicism, and incompetence: These are just a few of the themes explored in this dark and intense medical drama on BBC America.

MOVIE
3. TOM WILKINSON IN ‘SEPARATE LIES’
Who better, really, to play the emotionally disengaged lawyer whose comfortable life is blown apart in this exceptional film drama? Review >

TV
4. ‘EXTRAS’
Take the geniuses behind The Office, give them a killer concept (a brutally fickle film industry), and voila! — you have HBO’s next hit show.

MOVIE
5. ‘EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED’
A young man explores his family’s dark past in this spry film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel. Review >

BOOKS
6. ‘ON BEAUTY’, BY ZADIE SMITH
The author of White Teeth uses the E.M. Forster classic Howards End as a mold into which she pours her own splendid novel: a present-day meditation on race, class, and aging relationships. Review >

MUSIC
7. FRANZ FERDINAND’S ”DO YOU WANT TO” VIDEO
In which the great Scots — and their marvelously rousing single — deflate the stuffy pretensions of a snooty art gallery.

TV
8. ‘LOST’ AND ‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’
To ABC: Yes, we’re grateful for Dancing With the Stars, but summer is over — and we’re ready for new seasons of desert-island mystery and sleepy-suburb intrigue. TV Preview >

BOOKS
9. ‘ONE RED DOT’, BY DAVID A. CARTER
A gorgeous pop-up book that’s playful enough to tap your inner child and smart enough to tap your child’s inner adult.

DVD
10. ‘BEN HUR’
The winner of 11 Academy Awards, this 1959 biblical epic (starring Charlton Heston) actually deserves this lavish four-DVD treatment. Review >

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