The Checklist

RENT "Little Children." Kate Winslet plays an unhappy suburban housewife who hooks up with a hapless stay-at-home dad. Not everything works, but this haunting film is hard to shake off.

READ "Prisoner of Tehran" by Marina Nemat ($26; Free Press). This powerful memoir examines Nemat's struggle to forgive those who beat her and sentenced her to death at 16 for speaking out against her government.

HEAR "American Doll Posse," by Tori Amos. Her ninth album gets political at turns, but she's at her best in burners like "Big Wheel," with its bouncy piano chords and sharp-tongued lyrics.

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SEE Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather (Sat.; HBO pay-per-view). This junior-middleweight title bout is the most anticipated in years.

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