'Nurse' is the best medicine

It's not too late to talk up: "Nurse Jackie"

It's true. We can't get enough "True Blood" or "Mad Men" these days, but let's not forget about Edie Falco's comedy, which is every bit as good as its more heavily hyped cable competition. In the season finale, Jackie's got a full plate: a new ring from the hubby, a brewing confrontation with the boyfriend and an important patient en route. Hmm, what's a hopped-up nurse to do? (Monday)


You should be talking about: Arctic Monkeys

But you aren't, according to the sales of the British indie rock band's last two albums, which are among the U.K.'s fastest selling. Is it the cockneyed accents? The British slang? I don't get it, so I encourage you to check out their latest "Humbug," which is louder -- Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme worked on a number of tracks -- and yet more atmospheric than the band's previous discs. ("Humbug" was not, by the way, named for Scrooge but for a British candy that's hard on the outside and soft in the middle. Aww.) (Tuesday)


Many have talked about: R.J. Cutler's documentary "The September Issue"

Like "The Devil Wears Prada," only better. Why? Because while that movie boasted Meryl Streep as the fierce and fictionalized version of Anna Wintour, it didn't have anyone playing her real-life creative director Grace Coddington. As revealed in the Sundance documentary, Coddington is the only person bold enough to butt heads with the Vogue editrix. Her snarky asides are frequently hilarious. (Friday)


No one is talking about: "Bandslam"

But - surprise! - you should be. Yes, I know that's Vanessa Hudgens front and center on the poster, but don't hold that against the film, which also boasts a David Bowie cameo and scored an 89% fresh rating among top critics, as reported by Rotten Tomatoes. That's better than the majority of films currently in theaters. "Bandslam" is also written and directed by Todd Graff, who gave us the offbeat Sundance gem "Camp" in 2003.


Speaking of song-and-dance kids, you may also want to try: "Guys 'n Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals"

The Showtime documentary follows the theater kids at a trio of Indiana high schools as they mount lavish musical productions in competition at the International Thespian Festival. Hey, "Glee" is still weeks away, and this sounds like a perfect way to help pass the time. (Thursday)

-- Denise Martin

For The Record Los Angeles Times Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction 'The September Issue': A Smart List item in Sunday's Calendar said that the documentary "The September Issue" would open Friday. It will open Sept. 11. For The Record Los Angeles Times Sunday, August 30, 2009 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part D Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction "The September Issue": A Smart List item last Sunday said that the documentary "The September Issue" would open Friday. It will open Sept. 11.
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