Your Weekend: LemonWade Recommends

Movies: A whole lotta low-rent thugs in Brad Pitt’s latest, “Killing Them Softly.” I’d gladly watch this on cable, but for twelve bucks at the multiplex? Hmm. Television: I’m not a fan of Anthony Bourdain, who narrates a new 16-episode series kicking off on PBS on Friday: “The Mind of a Chef.” But I may watch the first installment. I wish PBS hadn’t turned into the Downton Network: They’re re-running season 2 of that country-house show, in the run-up to the new season in January. Music: Take a break from the Christmas ubiquity with Phillip Phillips’ “The World from the Side of the Moon” and Joyce DiDonato’s “Drama Queens.” Books: Am tempted by “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.” It’s the final volume of the biography begun by the late William Manchester and finished heroically by Paul Reid. Sports: Maybe my Knicks will regain sole possession of first place this weekend: they play the woeful Wizards while crosstown rivals the Nets play the majestic Heat. Finally: World AIDS Day is on Saturday. To commemorate, see “How To Survive a Plague,” which has a rare 100 percent rating on rottentomatoes.

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