Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: If you’ve gone this far with “The Hunger Games,” you may as well see the final installment, even though my spies tell me it’s the bleakest one yet. Todd Haynes’s “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett, is a must-see. Television: On Friday, PBS explores the music of Kander & Ebb. On Sunday, “The Walking Dead” and “The Good Wife” air their penultimate episodes before the December holiday junk takes over the airwaves. Music: Yes, Adele’s new album, “25,” is inevitable. New releases by One Direction and Justin Bieber are not. Books: Adam Johnson’s story collection, “Fortune Smiles,” just won the National Book Award. If you’re still torturing yourself by watching all the Paris news, then Patrick Cockburn‘s “The Rise of the Islamic State” may provide helpful context. Sports: To all those commentators who are saying that the Giants almost beating the Patriots last week means the Giants are headed for the playoffs, I say: Hah! Finally: Any holiday that celebrates pie and turkey instead of shopping and religious carols gets my enthusiastic approval!

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