The Top 10 Things We Love This Week
Let's admit it: We've been on-again, off-again with Lena Dunham's polarizing series, but now we're fully committed, thanks to a creative (and comic!) resurgence in the raucous third season. (HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.)
2 YOUTUBE NATION
This new daily series, a guided tour through the wilds of YouTube, highlights the best in viral videos. Affable host Jacob Soboroff will have you prepped for all your virtual watercooler conversations. (youtube.com/youtubenation)
3. RED RISING, by Pierce Brown
A debut novel about a teenage slave on Mars who infiltrates society's wealthiest echelons, Rising delivers spectacular adventure and a revenge tale that expertly melds ancient Rome and science fiction into one heart-pounding ride.
4 TIM'S VERMEER
Producer Penn and director Teller conjure an enthralling documentary about a singular obsession: A tech entrepreneur re-creates every detail of a Vermeer painting to reveal the trick of the master's trade. (Rated PG-13)
5 KROLL SHOW
Your DVR guilty pleasures had better run and hide. Nick Kroll's wickedly funny sketch show returns with guests like Katy Perry and Seth Rogen to eviscerate everything from a reality TV show about publicists to Degrassi. Sorry, Canada! (Comedy Central, Tuesdays, 10:30 p.m.)
6 31 DAYS OF OSCAR
Once you've finished your study of this year's nominees, get your graduate degree in Oscar-ology with TCM's annual 31-day festival of Academy Award-winning or-nominated films. Marathons are arranged by category like Best Costume Design or Best Supporting Actor, so kick things off right with a Best Picture cavalcade that includes The Wizard of Oz on Feb. 1. (Check 31days.tcm.com for schedule)
7 TROUBLE, Hospitality
The Brooklyn indie trio hit their stride on their stellar second album, mixing sweet pop pleasures with catchy rock goodness. Once you hear the jaunty standout "It's Not Serious," Trouble will be your middle name.
8. THE ARMSTRONG LIE on iTunes
Director Alex Gibney has a special reason to feel betrayed by Lance Armstrong: He was filming the cyclist's comeback when the PED admissions broke. The resulting documentary morphed into a fascinating study of misused power and mesmerizing lies. (Rated R)
9. SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE, by Ian Rankin
One of the best thriller writers alive serves up his 18th novel featuring Scottish inspector John Rebus, who partners with antagonist Malcolm Fox. This time the prickly duo are involved in a 30-year-old cold case that's quickly generating fresh heat.
10 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION
Is it even possible to make Lara Croft look better? Definitively yes. The badass heroine's graphics get a rich next-gen makeover in this updated rerelease of last year's blockbuster game, which also collects all the downloadable content, including multiplayer maps and an extra tomb to plunder. (Rated M; PS4, Xbox One)
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