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DVDs: March 16, 2012

Reviews of recent releases to hit stores, including ”The Descendants,” ”The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and more

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Melancholia (2011, R)
Kirsten Dunst, Alexander SkarsgÄrd Dunst gives the performance of her career as a newlywed grappling with crippling depression and the end of the planet as we know it. (Also on iTunes) A

The Descendants (2011, R)
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley If you missed Alexander Payne’s poignant Best Picture nominee in the long run-up to the Oscars, well, better late than never. It’s terrific. (Also on iTunes) A

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, R)
Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey Martin Scorsese’s haunting and humane interpretation of the last days of Jesus makes its Blu-ray debut in a deluxe Criterion edition. Spellbinding. A

La Terra Trema (1948, Not Rated)
Luchino Visconti’s neglected neorealist classic taps a cast of nonprofessional actors to tell the tragic tale of a poor Sicilian fisherman who stands up to corruption. Newly remastered. A

She’s Gotta Have It (1986, R)
Spike Lee, Tracy Camilla Johns Lee’s indie debut, shot in black and white on a shoestring budget, is a feminist comedy about a gorgeous woman juggling three helpless men. (On Netflix instant viewing) B+

Coming Soon
Carnage (2011, R)
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet Roman Polanski’s adaptation of a play about two warring couples loses steam on the screen. C+ 3/20

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011, R)
Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig Rest easy, Stieg Larsson fans: David Fincher’s opening salvo in the Swedish saga is a kinky kick. A 3/20