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The Final Season of Schitt’s Creek Premieres Jan. 7—Here’s What We Can Expect

...And more new releases in books, film and TV worth looking forward to this winter!

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The final season of Schitt's Creek - Catherine O'HaraPhoto: CBC

What You Can Expect in the Final Season of Schitt’s Creek

A family of Kardashian-level fame and fortune finds itself stranded and penniless in the middle of nowhere. CBC’s Schitt’s Creek could have stalled as a one-joke wonder, but in the hands of co-creator, executive producer and star Dan Levy, the show became something rich and sweet: a nuanced portrait of the Rose family’s capacity to grow into kinder, more tolerant people, anchored by son David’s loving relationship with his fiancé, Patrick. The sixth and final season is poised to end in rom-com style, with a wedding, and gives viewers the chance to say their goodbyes to the exquisitely reunited Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara (above). Premieres Jan. 7.

Don’t miss Reader’s Digest‘s interview with Dan Levy.

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1917 - Sam Mendes filmPhoto: Universal Pictures

1917

Some directors would be content to film a high-stakes, sweeping epic of the First World War. But with 1917, Sam Mendes set himself an even greater challenge: his tale of two young soldiers speeding to deliver a life-saving message appears as one continuous shot. With an assist from notable talents such as Colin Firth and Mark Strong, the result is an intimate, mesmerizing study of trench warfare like you’ve never seen before. Premieres Dec. 25.

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Africville by Jeffrey Colvin bookPhoto: Amazon

Africville

Located on the outskirts of Halifax, Africville was an African-Canadian village settled largely by former slaves in the mid-1700s and unceremoniously bulldozed by the government, under the banner of “urban renewal,” two centuries later. That setting is also the spine of this multigenerational family saga from Jeffrey Colvin, who starts his debut novel in 1918, then scatters the descendants of protagonist Kath Ella across the United States and the 20th century. Through them, Colvin explores racial identity, resilience and the magnetic pull of home, while illuminating this lesser-known part of Canada’s heritage. Releases Dec. 10.

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Just Mercy

Jamie Foxx stars as Walter McMillian, a real-life inmate sent to Alabama’s death row in 1987 for the murder of a white woman—despite no physical evidence and an ironclad alibi. Michael B. Jordan plays legal crusader Bryan Stevenson, who worked feverishly to overturn this appalling miscarriage of justice. Both men bring powerful intensity to their performances, which will leave audiences galvanized and award shows doling out prizes. Premieres Dec. 25.

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Successful AgingPhoto: Amazon

Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives

As a neuroscientist, former McGill University professor Daniel Levitin often wondered why some people age better than others. And now that he’s getting older himself, the question feels personal. Happily for him—and for us—this cheerful book rustles up all sorts of persuasive studies that explain the best ways to live both longer and well. (Meditation is key, but feel free to lay off the Sudoku.) It also serves as a terrific primer on how our brains actually work. Releases Jan. 7.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada