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‘Hurt Locker’ is a riveting Iraq war film

Philadelphia Inquirer

Available this week on DVD:

“The Hurt Locker”: Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting and profoundly tense war movie, set in 2004 Baghdad, follows the members of a bomb squad as they search for IEDs, looking to stay alive. Far and away one of the strongest of the films to come out of the Iraq conflict – a white-knuckle war movie. (2:10; R for violence, profanity and adult themes) •••

“Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself”: A boozing nightclub singer realizes, with help from Madea, that love and family are what’s important in life. With Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian White. (2:33; PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking) •••

“Fame”: An update of the ’80s musical that followed students at the New York City High School of Performing Arts. With Kay Panabaker, Naturi Naughton, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Kherington Payne. (1:50; PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and profanity) ••

“Moon”: An astronaut near the completion of his three-year, solo mining contract on the moon questions his sanity when he begins to hear voices and to see a younger version of himself. With Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw. (1:37; R for profanity) •••

“Big Fan”: The “world’s biggest Giants fan” – a 35-year-old who lives at home with his mom – reconsiders his allegiances when he gets beat up by the team’s star linebacker. With Patton Oswalt, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Michael Rapaport, Matt Servitto. (1:26; R for profanity and some sexuality) •••

Also available: “Halloween II,” “In the Loop,” “Departures,” “Amreeka,” “Post Grad,” “The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season,” “ER: The Complete Twelfth Season”

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