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Originally published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:30 AM

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‘Runner Runner,’ ‘Birth of the Living Dead,’ ‘The Act of Killing’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 7, include documentaries (“The Act of Killing,” “Birth of the Living Dead,” “Inequality for All,” “Linsanity”), thrillers (“Closed Circuit,” “Runner Runner”) and a tale of sex addiction (&ldquo


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Thrillers and some real chillers come out on DVD Tuesday. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.

4 stars“The Act of Killing” (not rated, for mature audiences; in English and Indonesian, with subtitles): Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary takes a look at Indonesia’s historical genocide through the eyes of some self-justifying killers who, excited to be part of a movie, stage scenes for Oppenheimer of torture, rape and the burning of villages.

3 stars“Birth of the Living Dead” (not rated; for mature audiences): This documentary covers the rise of George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead” and its enduring social, political and pop-cultural influence.

3 stars“Inequality for All” (PG): Animated charts and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” accompany dire income-gap predictions. In the spotlight: Robert Reich, a secretary of labor in the Clinton administration who fears that we’re headed for another financial debacle if we don’t take a more serious approach to taxes and education.

2 stars“Closed Circuit” (R): Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana are on the case in this British thriller about a man (Denis Moschitto) arrested in connection with a London terrorism attack.

2 stars“Linsanity” (PG): On and off the court with Jeremy Lin, the Bay Area prep star turned NBA sensation.

2 stars“Thanks for Sharing” (R): Stuart Blumberg’s tale of sex addiction stars Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and Pink, aka Alecia Moore.

1.5 stars“Runner Runner” (R): A good-guy grad student (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to confront a bad-guy tycoon (Ben Affleck) with a network of online-gambling sites. A beautiful woman (Gemma Arterton) enters the fold, as well as an FBI guy (Anthony Mackie) — and crocodiles.

TV on DVD

“Archer: The Complete Fourth Season”

“Being Human: The Complete Third Season”

“Duck Dynasty: Season 4”

“The Following: The Complete First Season”

“House of Lies: The Second Season”

Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: luno@seattletimes.com



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