1 Sutter Keely, an easygoing high school senior, is a slightly sad jester with a growing drinking habit. Aimee Finicky is a good-hearted A student who gets no recognition from her peers. One morning on her paper route, she retrieves the passed-out Sutter from a stranger’s lawn. As their flirtation turns into a relationship, “The Spectacular Now” becomes a race-against-time thriller: Can she save his life before he ruins hers? The film, which stars Miles Teller (“Footloose”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), has a depth of feeling, emotional subtlety and intelligence that transforms your notions about high school romances. It is as poignant as a first kiss and as painful as a first hangover.
2 We always thought Lisa Kudrow was the funniest “Friend.” Even if you don’t, you have to tip your hat to her ability to keep the shticky premise of Showtime’s “Web Therapy” hilarious well into its third season. As self-deluded, status-seeking therapist Fiona, who conducts all her sessions online, she passive-aggressively spars with boldface names including Megan Mullally and Steve Carell. The bonus outtake crack-ups that run with the credit roll haven’t gotten old, either.
3 “Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution” went to print before James Gandolfini’s death, but author Brett Martin eerily foretells the actor’s fate with a prologue that explores how his frequent disappearances from the “Sopranos” set raised concern among his castmates that he was headed down a dark road. There’s a lot of angst and anger in this collection of keen observations about how men on both sides of the cameras have explored rage like never before on TV. It’s a quick read — and a perfect companion for the final, frightfully good episodes of “Breaking Bad.”
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