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'Hurt Locker' hits the Stuart St. Playhouse

Posted by Ty Burr  March 10, 2010 01:14 PM

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One of the sadder ironies surrounding the success of "The Hurt Locker" on the awards circuit -- culminating in its Oscar for best picture Sunday night -- is that the movie can't be seen as it was meant to be seen, on a big screen. This is one little war film that demands to be writ large; it's the myriad details of the world director Kathryn Bigelow builds, and the craft with which she builds them, that make "Hurt Locker" matter. Sure, you can rent it on DVD, but it's a diminished experience in the home environment, and I bet the many times I've recently heard from people who saw it on TV that the movie "wasn't all that great" is due as much to the setting as to awards-season overhype.

So it's good news that the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston will be screening "Hurt Locker" in glorious 35mm starting this Friday, March 12; it'll run for at least a week, more if the ticket sales warrant. This is a way to support both the city's only non-multiplex movie theater and the little movie that could. Get thee hence.

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