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‘Young at Heart’ is a Can’t Miss film

The joyful and funny documentary follows a group of seniors who like to belt out rock hits. Plus, season four of “The Office” premieres this week, and “There Will Be Blood” is out on DVD.
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I often wonder how guys like Mick Jagger and Keith Richard do it at the ripe old age of 64. With their pasts, they should be on ventilators. Instead, they’re still flying around the world, ripping up stages and exciting audiences. But they’re tykes compared to the rockers in “Young at Heart,” a new documentary about a group of seniors who like to get together and belt out classic hits such as the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” and the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” It’s a joyful and funny glimpse at how the spirit of popular music can remain strong even if the body is showing a few signs of wear. I’m sure Mick and Keith understand all too well. (Fox Searchlight, opens Friday in limited release)


In this undated publicity photo released by NBC, actor Steve Carell appears in this scene from the television series "The Office." Carell was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series, Thursday, July 6, 2006, when the nominations for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/NBC, Justin Lubin)Justin Lubin

There is a fair amount of chatter in and around the world of TV about how it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an original idea in Hollywood when it comes to new shows. Many that are currently on air or that are being developed are American versions of foreign hits, like “Ugly Betty” for instance. But the other side of that coin is this: What’s the difference if the remake is good? NBC’s “The Office” is one of the prime examples. ( is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.) The post-strike premiere of the fourth season involves a dinner party at the home of Jan (Melora Hardin) and Michael (Steve Carell), where there is a little tension along with the food and drink. It’s a fine series, as long as it stops here. If, say, the Venezuelans do a version of the American version of the British version, then I might have to draw the line. (NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m.)


Fans of the Decemberists know Colin Meloy as a unique presence who admires Morrissey as much as he does Sam Cooke. As the lead singer and songwriter, he has helped the lads from Portland, Ore., carve a formidable niche in the indie rock world. In 2006, he got out of the studio, as he occasionally does, and took an acoustic guitar on the road for a series of solo gigs, which are captured in the new CD, “Colin Meloy Sings Live!” It’s a sparkling collection featuring 13 original compositions that shows off his varied influences, including two previously unreleased tracks, “Dracula’s Daughter” and “Wonder,” as well as pieces of covers of songs by the Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. Rarely does a solo artist bring along so many personalities on the road with him. (Kill Rock Stars)


The working title of “There Will Be Blood” probably should have been “There Will Be an Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis” because that was really the message that gushed out of that well. Paul Thomas Anderson’s study of a greedy oil baron was, more than anything else, a reminder for audiences of just how powerful a presence Day-Lewis provides as a lead actor. “There Will Be Blood,” which did indeed bring the actor an Oscar (his second), is out on DVD this week in a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition that includes an interesting silent film from 1923 called “The Story of Petroleum,” which takes a look at the oil business at that time, as well as a making-of featurette and other side views of the film. But most of all, it has Daniel Day-Lewis, which is the mother lode. (Paramount Home Entertainment)


You might think a book with a whimsical sounding title like “McMafia” would be a comedy about a certain burger chain taken over by organized crime, with laughs aplenty. Wrong. Misha Glenny is a former BBC correspondent who has compiled a frightening study of how organized crime has gone global and has become an important force socially and economically. The full title is “McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld.” Because he knows his way around the Balkans, the story is centered there, but it soon spreads out into a complex web that involves sex, drugs, arms, contraband and just about anything else on the dark side of the world economy that crooks can make money off of because a demand exists. Who knows? At this rate, I guess even burgers might qualify. (Knopf)