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While it's definitely a very strong week for new entertainment releases, there is really only one entertainment release you need to be aware of, one thing that you'll be doing, and that thing is finally getting to catch up on the much-beloved story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's only for Netflix subscribers, but Netflix is doubtless expecting a few hop-ons. They will get hop-ons.

'Arrested Development' Season Four

Why We Like It

It would be hard to qualify any show as being "the funniest of all time," but if one were to make such a distinction, is there any doubt that they would choose this one? An ensemble cast with nary a weak link. Razor sharp writing with layers that continue to reveal just how funny they are after multiple repeat viewings. Winding, season-long set-ups for jokes whose punchlines fall with the patience and precision of a Chess Grandmaster. Its untimely death was a great injustice and now, one decade later, a great evil is being undone. It all starts midnight on Sunday. Let the great experiment begin.

And the Mountains Echoed

Why We Like It

Kahled Hosseini is famous for The Kite Runner, but his new novel is more ambitious, more layered and perhaps more stirring. And the Mountains Echoed follows a poor father who wrestles over the decision of whether or not to sell his daughter to rich family.

Fill the Void

Why We Like It

Written and directed by Rama Burshtein, this unhurried Israeli masterpiece follows one young woman's struggle between her own heart and the arranged marriage her family has set for her. While not a daisy-fresh premise, it's rare to see Orthodox Judaism dealt with this seriously and respectfully.

Before Midnight

Why We Like It

Once a decade, Richard Linklater releases yet another chapter in the ongoing romance of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celeste (Julie Deply.) Before Sunrise traced the pair's first meeting, while Before Sunset traced their reunion, nine years later. This third chapter, Before Midnight, finds them living in Paris, and if it's anything like its predecessors, it'll be a fascinating, brutally honest look into the joys—and hardships—of real love.

The National 'Trouble Will Find Me'

Why We Like It

At this point, you know what the National does: five middle-aged dudes who craft exquisite, somber rock that broods and swells in equal measure. They haven't changed their game with Trouble Will Find Me, but they have improved it. With every album, this band feels a little more assured, a little more adventurous and, yes, a little more sad. Let us hope it never stops.

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Esther Aspling

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Esther Aspling commented…

Fill the void looks awesome! And I'm not just saying that because one of the characters shares my name. :-)

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Phil Davis

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Phil Davis commented…

Love the National!

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