In The Hurt Locker, Staff Sergeant William James (played by Jeremy Renner) fears nothing as the leader of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit stationed in Iraq. Translation? He keeps bombs from blowing up. Constantly seeking the thrill of the dismantlement, James is a renegade who puts his unit in danger just as often as he saves lives.
FUN IN THE LOCKER ROOM: Director Kathryn Bigelow already made a name for herself with 1987’s vampire-romance thriller “Near Dark” and 1995’s cyperpunk mystery “Strange Days,” but this year’s “The Hurt Locker” has elevated Bigelow to Oscar-buzzworthy status. Stop by the Gene Siskel Film Center and check out this film about bomb-defusing experts in the Iraq War. 164 N. State St.; Loop. 6:30 p.m. $10 general admission, $7 for students and faculty members of SAIC, and $5 for film center members.
HOW CAN SOMETHING SO BAD BE SO GOOD?: Recover from that weekend-long hangover at The Burlington’s Bad Meaning Good movie night. On tap this time around is the cult-movie classic “Basket Case,” which follows a deformed and formerly conjoined twin who seeks revenge on the surgeons who separated him from his telepathically linked brother. Chicago-based DJs Popstatic and Intel spin afterward. 3425 W. Fullerton Ave.; Logan Square. 8 p.m. Free. 21 and older.
WHAT’S UP, BRAH?: Today’s expected high of 52 degrees probably won’t be enough to keep away the cargo shorts and gladiator sandals that will descend on the Vic, where the bro-tastic Uncle Kracker and Train will perform. The later currently tours in support of its new album, “Save Me, San Francisco.” 3145 N. Sheffield Ave.; Lakeview. $36. 7:30 p.m. 21 and older.