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Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 4:54 pm | Updated: 3:42 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

NEW ON DVD - “The Hurt Locker”: When a new sergeant takes over a bomb disposal team amid violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.

DVDs

“The Hurt Locker”: When a new sergeant takes over a bomb disposal team amid violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.

“Departures”: Freshly unemployed, a young cellist (Masahiro Motoki) has an epiphany in which he realizes he’s been heading down the wrong career path in this Oscar-winning drama.

“The Brothers Bloom”: Two brothers make a name for themselves as the world’s best con men. But when the younger (Adrien Brody) is ready to retire, his brother (Mark Ruffalo) lures him into one last job.

“Post Grad”: An eternal optimist (Alexis Bledel) has the most brutal of wake-up calls when she graduates from college and can’t find a job, forcing her back home to live with her oddball family.

“In the Loop”: When the U.S. and Great Britain decide to invade a Middle Eastern country, skeptical operatives do their best to stop the runaway train to war in this comedy.

“Halloween II”: Picks up at the exact moment the first movie stopped and follows the aftermath of Michael Myers’ murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode.

“Moon”: As he nears the end of a lonely three-year stint on the moon base Sarang, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) begins to hear and see strange things.

Next week: “Gamer,” “The Invention of Lying”

CDs

“Contra,” Vampire Weekend: The name of the American indie rock band’s second album is an homage/contrast to “Sandinista!” –  the influential 1980 album by English punk rockers The Clash.

“Of the Blue Coloir of the Sky,” OK Go: California-based rock band describes its third studio album as funky, dancy and melancholy, drawing influence from Prince.

Next week: “End Times,” Eels

BOOKS

“The Swan Thieves,” Elizabeth Kostova: Author follows up her blockbuster 2005 debut “The Historian” with a romance about a contemporary painter’s obsession with an undiscovered 19th-century Impressionist.

“Where the God of Love Hangs Out,” Amy Bloom: Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by the New York Times bestselling author of “Away.”

Next week: “Kisser,” Stuart Woods

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