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Bob Odenkirk stars in 'Better Call Saul.' Photo by AMC

WATCH LIST: February 2015

Better Call Saul
CREATED BY VINCE GILLIGAN AND PETER GOULD, STARRING BOB ODENKIRK, RHEA SEEHORN AND PATRICK FABIAN (AMC)


You won’t see Bryan Cranston’s meth-cooking high school teacher, but some familiar faces from AMC’s acclaimed morality play Breaking Bad return for this spin-off prequel. Set in 2002 before the events of the original series, the show features Bob Odenkirk as small-time lawyer Saul Goodman, cleaning up the messes of local crooks in Albuquerque, N.M. Feb. 8-9

Women in My Rose Garden: The History, Romance and Adventure of Old Roses
BY ANN CHAPMAN, WITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL STAROSTA (Palazzo Editions)

The rose is the perfect flower for the romantic month of February. Learn more about these symbols of love in your garden with this beautifully illustrated book. Ann Chapman traces the stories of over 30 notable women and their namesake heritage roses, from Mary Queen of Scots to Jeanne d’Arc. Feb. 1

The Last Five Years
DIRECTED BY RICHARD LAGRAVENESE, STARRING ANNA KENDRICK AND JEREMY JORDAN (Lucky Monkey Pictures/Sh-K-Boom Entertainment)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a new musical about love’s fragility. Based on the popular off-Broadway production, the film examines a failed marriage from both sides. Though you know it won’t end happily-ever-after, the tale still has its share of romance as Anna Kendrick’s storyline works its way backwards from divorce to hopeful beginnings. Feb. 13

A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design of Our Life Together
BY SCOT MCKNIGHT (Zondervan)


Though he grew up in a church of “sames and likes,” Scot McKnight writes that a congregation of people who differ socially and culturally is most rewarding. “When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be.” Different is good and what God intended. Feb. 24



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