The Hurt Locker
Simple and stunning, Kathryn Bigelow directs a character-based action thriller that's also a low-key, lived-in drama. The tension builds slowly and explodes at unexpected moments, which is fitting, since the story follows a three-man Army bomb squad in a war zone. Jeremy Renner is the new squad leader, whose heedless, devil-may-care attitude may be more lethal to his men than the explosives they're charged with disarming. Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty co-star. Buy it.
One of SciFi Squad's Best of the Decade, Duncan Jones' directorial debut is "old school science fiction," wrote Jennifer A. Brown, eschewing "gimmickry for a solid, provocative story of identity and memory that will make you wish you never gave up your old copies of Analog. ... Sam Rockwell is mesmerizing, no mean feet considering for most of the film he is alone." Buy it.
The Brothers Bloom
Finally! More than three months after it became available to rent, Rian Johnson's con man caper may be purchased legally in the U.S. "Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, and Rachel Weisz star in "a clever, funny and warm-hearted take on the con man genre," according to our own William Goss. (Will also detailed the features on the Blu-ray and ranted about the release strategy.) You've waited long enough. Buy it.
After the jump: a wealth of Indies on DVD, plus Classics (?!) on Blu-ray and Collector's Corner.