Moses, mobsters, and 8 other things we love this week
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The Must List: March 24, 2006

MOVIE
1. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. IN ‘THE SHAGGY DOG’
We loved Tim Allen in the lead role, but as a canine-hating evil genius, Downey was more…fetching. Review >

DVD
2. ‘DOG DAY AFTERNOON’
Al Pacino earned his fourth straight Oscar nomination as a hapless bank robber in Sidney Lumet’s marvelous 1975 caper, on deluxe DVD. Review >

MUSIC
3. ‘IS A REAL BOY,’ SAY ANYTHING
The hot L.A. emo album may be manic and edgy, but there’s really no need to blast it through your girlfriend’s window, Dobler. Review >

TV
4. ‘LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD’
TLC’s new reality show about an Oregon family of mixed height is tall on love, strength, and understanding.

TV
5. NATALIE PORTMAN/’SNL’ RAP
In a hilarious SNL clip, the short-haired waif finds her dark side, rapping as a Nice Girl With Attitude. (Watch it here)

BOOKS
6. ‘THE ART OF JUSTICE,’ BY MARILYN CHURCH AND LOU YOUNG
Capturing the likes of Woody Allen, John Gotti, and the Son of Sam, New York Times sketch artist Church revisits more than 30 years of high-profile courtroom dramas.

MOVIE
7. JOHN FANTE
Skip the film version of his Ask the Dust and read the surly scribe’s other Bandini stories (like Wait Until Spring, Bandini).

MUSIC
8. ‘THIS OLD ROAD,’ KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Eleven songs of world-weary introspection from country music’s own Rhodes scholar. Review >

DVD
9. ‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS’
Go forth and buy this timeless Charlton Heston-as-Moses classic, now on a special-edition DVD. So let it be written, so let it be done!

TV
10. ‘THE SOPRANOS’
It’s about &%$#!@* time! After disappearing for almost two years(!), the HBO Mob drama once again turns Sunday evening into family night. Review >

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