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Best bets: Go ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

Maurice Sendak's beloved picture book comes to the big screen. Also: "30 Rock" returns; "New Moon" soundtrack comes out.
/ Source: msnbc.com

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Who would have thought that Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” would become one of the most anticipated films of the year, already generating Oscar buzz? Spike Jonze (“Adaptation”) and writer Dave Eggers team up to bring viewers the story of a magical world that a disobedient boy creates when he’s sent to bed without supper. (Opens Oct. 16)

Need another Gerard Butler fix? He’s back; this time with “Law Abiding Citizen,” in which he plays a man who decides to take matters into his own hands after the murderer of his family makes a plea deal. Jamie Foxx plays the DA who orchestrates the deal and has some consequences of his own to face. (Opens Oct. 16)

TV"30 Rock" continues to pile up the honors. The NBC comedy picked up both the best comedy Emmy and the best actor in a comedy honor for Alec Baldwin's charmingly doltish Jack Donaghy. But when you look at the ratings, it's easy to wonder if critics are the only ones watching the show. Whether you're a longtime fan or just want to see what the fuss is all about, you can tune in to a whole new season starting this week.  (Season premiere Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m., NBC.)

When PBS devotes its resources to a documentary project, the network does it right. "Latin Music USA" is a big juicy four-hour plum of a series, taking a look at the artists, dances and sounds that have made the Latin music scene so thrilling. (Check local listings, but should premiere around Oct. 12, 8 p.m., PBS.)

DVDRoger Ebert says he "started out hating ('The Proposal') and ended up liking it." Canadian Ryan Reynolds plays an American, and American Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian, and she needs to marry him to get her green card. Although the plot is obvious, Ebert wrote that the film is "so cheerfully done" it doesn't matter. (Out on DVD Oct. 13.)

"A Chorus Line" was "one singular sensation" indeed. The documentary "Every Little Step" examines the musical's history and success, and Entertainment Weekly gave it an "A," saying it's "a movie as layered and enthralling as its subject." (Out on DVD Oct. 13.)

Music Is there a more original band than The Flaming Lips? Each album offers not just a collection of tracks, but an experience. The Oklahoma band isn’t afraid to take chances, and with their latest, “Embryonic,” they expect the listener to do a little work. The BBC wrote, “It’s another wonderful album — a veritable trove of speaker-pummeling delights — from the most consistently inventive and thrilling American band, R.E.M. included, of the last 25 years.” (On sale Oct. 13)

You don’t have to be on Team Edward or Team Jacob to appreciate the “New Moon” soundtrack. The film may not come out until Nov. 20, but fans can get an early listen to tracks from Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear and much more. It’s an impressive mix of indie favorites, which should surpass the “(500) Days of Summer” soundtrack in popularity and indie cred. (On sale Oct. 13)