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DVDs: Dec. 9, 2011

Reviews of the latest movies to hit stores, including ”The Debt,” ”Kung Fu Panda 2,” and more

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The Debt (2011, R)
Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain A group of Mossad agents capture a former Nazi doctor in this diverting thriller that toggles between 1965 and 1997. (Also on iTunes) B+

Cowboys & Aliens (2011, PG-13)
Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig The aliens-on-the-frontier incongruity never comes to much in this mash-up that has a few nifty scenes, but no solid story at its center. (Also on iTunes) C+

Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (2010, R)
Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist The extended versions of all three Swedish films (based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels) are now available on Blu-ray and DVD. B+

The Lady Vanishes (1938, Not Rated)
Margaret Lockwood The search for a missing spinster unlocks a far deeper mystery in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s snappiest pre-Hollywood gems, now on Criterion Blu-ray. A-

Edward Scissorhands (1990, PG-13)
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder Depp and Tim Burton joined forces for the first time in this whimsical, haunting modern fairy tale about a lonely boy who just wants to fit in. Still every bit as heartbreaking today as it was 21 years ago. (On Netflix instant viewing) A

Coming Soon
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, pg)
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie Roly-poly Po (Black) is back, this time fighting a seething white peacock who’s a menace to all of kung fu. B+ 12/13

Fright Night (2011, R)
Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin This remake of the 1985 original stars Farrell as the sexy-scary vampire next door. B 12/13

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