He made our list of scary-good actors yesterday, but Jeremy Renner is also on my Must List this week for his spectacular performance in Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker, which opens wide on Friday. As Staff Sergeant William James, head of a bomb disposal squad charged with tracking down and defusing explosives, Renner nails his character’s cocky bravado while subtly revealing a kind, caring side. His risk-taking maverick complements the squad’s other two members, straight-arrow Sgt. Sanborne (Anthony Mackie) and scared-but-resigned Spc. Eldridge (Brian Geraghty). EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum praised the film as ”an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.” While Mackie and Geraghty also turn in skilled performances, the film belongs to Renner.
Hulu is streaming the first eight minutes of the film, and although Renner isn’t in the scene, I’ve embedded it below anyway. What’s on your Must List this week, PopWatchers? List up to three items from current TV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is Thursday, July 9 at noon ET.