The Must List: What's Hot for the Week Ending Jan. 2, 2011
James Franco capped off a year of soap-opera appearances, literary pursuits, and PhD programs with a dazzling performance in Danny Boyle's drama about the real-life hiker who amputated his arm to escape from a remote canyon. (Rated R)
A modern-day gothic set in the backwoods of Missouri's Ozarks, this tough, unsettling indie drama is winning acclaim for its tale of a poor teenager (the revelatory Jennifer Lawrence) on the hunt for her bail-jumping father. (Rated R)
THE LONELY POLYGAMIST, by Brady Udall
The novel's title character — a Utah contractor named Golden Richards — has four wives, 28 kids, and a doozy of a midlife crisis. But Udall gracefully uses that very big family drama to create a new kind of American epic.
''NOTHIN' ON YOU,'' B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
The Grammy-nominated debut single by the Atlanta rapper was one of 2010's most addictive songs — and one of the most romantic, thanks to B.o.B's heartfelt lyrics and breakout star Mars' tuneful chorus.
THE SUBURBS, Arcade Fire
In a year ruled by frothy pop singles, Win Butler's Montreal rock collective delivered a majestic 64-minute album packed with arena-size despair, giddy nostalgia, and utterly unique multi-instrument melodies.
APOCALYPSE NOW: FULL DISCLOSURE Blu-ray set
Between the making-of doc Hearts of Darkness, the obsessively detailed featurettes, and the gorgeous new high-def transfers of both the original and Redux versions of Francis Ford Coppola's bizarre Vietnam War classic, this three-disc set is the stuff Blu-ray dreams are made of.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION
It could have just been Grand Theft Auto: The Western. Instead, Rockstar Games created a Wild West world that felt gorgeously expansive, equally influenced by John Ford, Sergio Leone, and Unforgiven-era Clint Eastwood. It's the rare videogame that just keeps getting better — right down to the heart-stopping ending. (Rated M)