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February 16. 2013 6:44PM
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Three new DVD releases this week deal with people and power.

"The Hunger Games," Grade A: A teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) must participate in a fight to the death.

The film features high-tension action that eclipses the "Twilight" films and has more magical character development than the "Harry Potter" series, making it a prime contender for the next great film series. The DVD hit stores Saturday.

"The Dictator," Grade B: A dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen) tries to keep democracy from coming to his oppressed country. Cohen's latest unabashed leap into the world of political incorrectness is so off-color, vulgar and frat-boy funny that there is a tendency to want to apologize for laughing.

"The Closer: The Complete Seventh and Final Season," Grade B: A show's final season is often weighed by how well it ends. In the case of this Kyra Sedgwick cable detective series, the end is quite satisfying.

It wraps up a long-running story line and leaves just enough wiggle room in case Sedgwick wants to make a return appearance.

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