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RELEVANT Recommends: Dec. 14-20

With all the books, shows, movies and albums that come out every week, it can be hard to choose what's worth checking out and what's, well, not. At least, it used to be hard. But with RELEVANT Recommends, things are much easier. We give you a list of five things you should be watching, reading or listening to this week.

'Dexter' and 'Homeland' Season Finales

Why We Like It

Both Dexter and Homeland wrap up their seasons on Sunday, and both have an uphill climb ahead of them. Although Dexter is a big hit with fans and Homeland with critics, adherents have noticed things getting a little wobbly on both shows lately. The season finale is a chance for each of these shows to give viewers a reason to come back in 2013, so stakes are high. That's reason enough to watch as it is.

'The Loving Story'

Why We Like It

A bracing, intimate documentary about the court case that legalized interracial marriage in the United States has a limited release this week and, if it's anywhere near you, you will not want to miss it.

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Soundtrack

Why We Like It

If you haven't seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, that's on you. It's one of 2012's best and you've never seen a movie like it, so get a move on. But one particularly great part of the movie was the music, which director Benh Zeitlin helped write. And now, Thirty3 and a 3rd is releasing that soundtrack on vinyl, for all you record heads out there. And, please, go see the movie too.

'Who Could That Be At This Hour?'

Why We Like It

Lemony Snicket, the supposed author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, returns with a prequel of sorts, detailing his many misadventures as a young apprentice at the V.F.D—something readers of his famous young adult series ought to be familiar with. The tone is noticeably more noir-ish than Unfortunate Events, but the dangers are equally thrilling and the insights just as poignant.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Why We Like It

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is like going home for the holidays, seeing friends you haven't caught up with in years and picking up right where you left off. The game of riddles with Gollum is worth the price of admission.

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Erika Guzman


Erika Guzman commented…

The Hobbit!!! I Can't wait :D

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