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Originally published Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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New DVDs | '50/50,' 'Real Steel,' 'Paranormal Activity 3'

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 24, include the cancer comedy "50/50," the robot-boxing film "Real Steel," the documentary "Shut Up Little Man!," Gus Van Sant's Portland-based youth drama "Restless" and "Paranormal Activity 3."

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Tuesday's new DVD releases pack some emotional and "Real Steel" punches. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com.

3.5 stars "50/50" (R): Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a nice guy with a great job at a Seattle NPR station, a promising relationship with an artist (Bryce Dallas Howard), a best-friend-since-high-school (Seth Rogen) and, as he learns to his horror, cancer. The film, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, "takes on a bold subject and makes us laugh and cry."

3.5 stars "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" (not rated): The bees are telling us they're in trouble, according to this documentary.

3 stars "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" (not rated): A viral phenomenon begins when Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey surreptitiously record the rants of their drunken neighbors.

3 stars "The Whistleblower" (R): Sexual slavery in postwar Bosnia, through the eyes of American-cop-turned-U.N.-peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz).

2.5 stars "Restless" (PG-13): Gus Van Sant's Portland-based youth drama stars Henry Hopper as a death-obsessed orphan who becomes attached to a terminally ill girl (Mia Wasikowska).

2 stars "Paranormal Activity 3" (R): We're taken back to two sisters' childhood and their first brush with ghosts.

2 stars "Real Steel" (PG-13): A scrappy 11-year-old (Dakota Goyo) pressures his estranged father (Hugh Jackman) to convert a dinged-up bag of bolts into a robot-boxing contender.

"Happy, Happy" (R, subtitled): A Norwegian comedy about optimism and infidelity. No star rating provided.

"Revenge of the Electric Car" (PG-13): The follow-up to "Who Killed the Electric Car?" tracks a major industrial shift as several automakers help fuel a resurgence. No star rating provided.

Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: luno@seattletimes.com

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