The Must List: October 7, 2005
1. ?OLIVER TWIST?
Roman Polanski’s gritty vision of the Dickens classic — with Ben Kingsley as a dazzlingly decrepit Fagin — will have audiences asking for…more. Review >
Now in a deluxe two-DVD set: David Thewlis howls at the moon in Mike Leigh’s searing 1993 study of a bitter man stumbling through London’s dark underbelly. Review >
3. ?BATTLESTAR GALACTICA?
We watched the first season of the Sci Fi Channel show on DVD to see if it was as good as we remember. It is. Feature >
4. BACKSTREET BOYS’ ”JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW”
The Boys sport mullets and offer an unexpectedly clever take on the cult vid classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Quiz >
5. ?KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL?
Read Anthony Bourdain’s deliciously candid restaurant-biz memoir, then check out Fox’s deliciously dishy new series. Review >
6. ?THE MARCH?, BY E.L. DOCTOROW
Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman and his famous (or infamous) March to the Sea are the subjects of Doctorow’s latest fictionalized foray into the psyche of our country’s wounded past. Review >
7. ?WELCOME TO JAMROCK?, DAMIAN ”JR. GONG” MARLEY
The son of Bob does his late dad proud with this album of pulsing jams, including the stunning title track. Review >
The best of this fall’s crypto-dramas is ABC’s show about things that go bump in the Florida night. Preview >
9. ?BORN INTO BROTHELS?
Two filmmakers use their love of photography to document — and inspire — the poor children of Calcutta prostitutes in this Oscar-winning film, now on DVD. Review >
10. ?ROLL BOUNCE?
Lil’ no longer, Bow Wow plays a skate-dance hero in this funky flashback film that celebrates that cultural pinnacle of the ’70s: roller disco! Review >