The Must List: Apr 1, 2005
1. THE BAND WAGON
The dazzling DVD of the swell 1953 musical — with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse at their sure-foot-ed best — has the ML ”Dancing in the Dark.” Review >
2. WALK ON WATER
Lior Ashkenazi exudes Clive Owen-like magnetism as a tightly wound Israeli spy who confronts his prejudices in this taut and probing film. Review >
3. Teenage Detectives
Get a clue! Chuckle at the DVD of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Season One — and gasp at Nancy Drew’s dishy ”memoir” Confessions of a Teen Sleuth.
4. WORLD PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS 3: Various Artists
Out of Africa: David Byrne’s third global compilation is a funk fiend’s delight.
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6. A CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose
At dinner parties and fund-raising galas, it’s a bunch of social activists bent on doing good — but sometimes behaving badly — who are examined under the lens of this knowing, acutely observed novel of manners. Review >
7. PLAY WITHOUT WORDS
On stage in Brooklyn: Matthew Bourne’s jazz-infused dance spectacular evokes the class tensions and erotic undercurrents of swinging-’60s London.
8. THE OFFICE
NBC’s Stateside remake of the BBC workplace mockumentary is surprisingly smart and trenchant, with a manic Steve Carell as the loutish boss.
9. JOAN ALLEN
Does she have range, or what? We love her bitter booziness in The Upside of Anger and her laid-back beneficence in Off the Map. More >
10. The Challenges on ‘Survivor: Palau’
Mark Burnett turns it up a notch this season, goading the players to feats of smarts and brawn — like the wearying wetness of sea salvage. More >