RD Rec­om­mends

Our top picks in books, movies and TV

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY DANIELLE GROEN

Our top picks in books, movies and TV. DANIELLE GROEN

1 FIRST MAN

Make no mis­take: Damien Chazelle’s daz­zling drama about the Apollo 11 space flight is truly out of this world. But the di­rec­tor’s first film since Os­car dar­ling La La Land is equally fo­cused on ter­res­trial af­fairs, ex­plor­ing the im­pact of Neil Arm­strong’s mis­sion on his mar­riage, his fam­ily and his sense of self. Given the sparky chem­istry be­tween Ryan Gosling (as the first man) and Claire Foy (as his first wife), it’s easy to see why Chazelle keeps the flick close to home. Oct. 12.

2 UNSHELTERED Bar­bara King­solver

In her lat­est work, the Amer­i­can nov­el­ist bounces be­tween cen­turies to dra­ma­tize our re­sis­tance to new ideas. In one nar­ra­tive, an 1880s sci­ence teacher finds his ad­mi­ra­tion for Dar­win to be a threat to his mar­riage and his po­si­tion; in the other, a cou­ple watches help­lessly as their jobs van­ish, their chil­dren move back home and Trump ca­reens toward the White House. Oct. 16.

3 MUR­PHY BROWN

Un­apolo­getic fem­i­nist, med­i­cal­mar­i­juana ex­per­i­men­tal­ist and fortysome­thing sin­gle mom: for a ’90s TV char­ac­ter, Mur­phy Brown was ahead of her time. So it’s un­sur­pris­ing that cre­ator Diane English and star Candice Ber­gen be­lieve the show’s tit­u­lar jour­nal­ist might still res­onate in our cur­rent era. For the re­boot, Brown is back to host the ca­ble show Mur­phy in the Morn­ing, putting her in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with Avery, her con­ser­va­tive mil­len­nial son. Sept. 27.

4 SPLIT TOOTH

Tanya Ta­gaq In an Arc­tic town in the 1970s, a young woman must con­tend with high­school bul­lies, sex­ual vi­o­lence and an un­ex­pected preg­nancy. The Po­laris Music Prize–win­ning throat singer Tanya Ta­gaq mines north­ern myths and child­hood mem­o­ries for her de­but book. Not quite mem­oir, not quite poetry and not quite fa­ble, it’s sin­gu­lar and al­to­gether un­for­get­table. Sept. 25.

5 A STAR IS BORN

This par­tic­u­lar star has been re­born three times since the 1937 film fea­tur­ing Janet Gaynor: with Judy Gar­land in the ’50s, Bar­bra Streisand in the ’70s and now Lady Gaga. The pop singer plays a ris­ing mu­si­cian who falls in love with an es­tab­lished coun­try star (Bradley Cooper, in his di­rec­to­rial de­but). Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel al­ready snagged Gaga a Golden Globe, so the sur­prise isn’t her act­ing chops but Cooper’s pipes. The lead­ing man can ac­tu­ally sing. Oct. 5.

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