10 Best Entertainment Picks for January and February

Your guide to winter's best TV, movies and music

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Rita Moreno: 20th Annual SAG Awards

Watch Rita Moreno (unforgettable as Anita in West Side Story) ­receive SAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her nearly 70-year career and her work for racial equality and education. Airs January 18th.

Mike Lamonica

Jennifer Holliday: The Song Is You

Grammy- and Tony-winning belter Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) releases her first pop album in 23 years, featuring R&B, jazz and a composition of her own, an emotional farewell to Whitney Houston. Album comes out January 21st.

Lou Freeman

Tim’s Vermeer

How did Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer achieve a photo-realistic effect some 150 years before photography was invented? Penn Jillette and silent partner Teller are the magic behind this mind-boggling documentary film, in which inventor Tim Jenison (pictured) tries to solve the mystery. In theaters January 31st.

Shane F. Kelly, © 2013 High Delft Pictures Llc, Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Classics.

Nicole Atkins: Slow Phaser

Sultry torch singer Nicole Atkins shows off a range of styles and makes each her own—from ’60s pop (“It’s Only Chemistry”) to synth rock and balladry (“Cool People”). Album comes out February 4th.

Nicole Atkins: Jennifer Tzar.

American Masters Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Hear Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker speak candidly about how being the daughter of sharecroppers and, later, a political activist has inspired her writing. Airs February 7th.

Shaheen Haq.

The Pretty One

Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) plays vastly different twins in this quirky comedy about the bond between sisters. Her costar is the charming Jake Johnson (pictured with Kazan) of TV’s New Girl. Airs February 7th.

Polly Morgan

The German Doctor

An Argentinean girl (Florencia Bado) befriends a mysterious foreigner (Alex Brendemühl, pictured with Bado) in this gripping historical thriller, which weaves in chilling facts about Nazi Josef Mengele. (Subtitled.) In theaters February 14th.

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Jonatha Brooke: My Mother Has Four Noses

On her first album in five years, Jonatha Brooke (who co-wrote Katy Perry’s “Choose Your Battles”) traces her mother’s descent into dementia with haunting and tender (“Mom’s Song”) tunes. Album comes out February 18th.

Pierre Baudet.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

This documentary film on the actress and singer Elaine Stritch portrays her as one irrepressible dame: Though aging, she’s still alive, kicking and singing show tunes. In theaters February 21st.

: Courtesy Of Sundance Selects

The Lunchbox

A secret relationship blossoms between a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a depressed widower (Irrfan Khan, pictured) when a hand-delivered lunch box goes astray. Mumbai serves as a vibrant backdrop to this touching romance. In theaters February 28th.

Michael Simmonds, Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Classics

First Published Thu, 2014-01-16 14:25

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