The Must List

The Must List

Spy games, Love songs, and 8 other things we love this week

TV
1. ALIAS
Hell hath no fury like a CIA agent who's just uncovered the evil plot that cost her two years of her life. How much do we love ABC's Sunday-night spy series?

MUSIC
2. VIDEO FOR R. KELLY'S ''STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE''
There's nary a thong in sight in this surprisingly elegant and tasteful ode to the two-step.

MOVIE
3. MELISSA LEO IN '21 GRAMS'
As Benicio Del Toro's suffering wife in one of 2003's most muscularly acted movies, Leo more than holds her own against stars Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Naomi Watts.

MUSIC
4. ''SLOW JAMZ,'' TWISTA
Its bedroom lyrics (''I'm play this Vandross/You gone take yo pants off'') and smoky groove have us obeying the speed limit.

MOVIE
5. CHARLIZE THERON IN 'MONSTER'
Just as remarkable as her physical transformation is Theron's less visible psychological portrayal of a real-life serial killer.

BOOKS
6. THE TRUE AND OUTSTANDING ADVENTURES OF THE HUNT SISTERS, BY ELISABETH ROBINSON
In epistolary form, a film producer deals with Hollywood and a sick sister. A letter-perfect novel.

MUSIC
7. ''MONO,'' COURTNEY LOVE
''Did you miss me?'' she sings. Turns out we did. On a bracing, garage-bred anthem, her talent finally outshines her persona.

MOVIE
8. CALENDAR GIRLS
Who needs a caper about near-naked nubiles when you have a comedy featuring the finely aged talents of Helen Mirren and Julie Walters?

TV
9. THE APPRENTICE
In NBC's reality show, 16 capitalists vie for a job with Donald Trump. Call it Who Wants to Be a Billionaire. Or, Survivor: Manhattan Island. Or I'm an M.B.A., Get Me Out of Here! Or...

DVD
10. WISEGUY: Season 1, Part 2 DVD
The depravities of crime boss Mel Profitt (a scenery-chomping Kevin Spacey) are the stuff of small-screen legend.

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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