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BIG BUDGET FILMS

"G-Force" (PG for mild action and crude humor) Disney mixes live action with animated characters in this kiddie-oriented adventure about a crack squad of specially-trained animals sent on a mission by the FBI to put a stop to a diabolical billionaire (Bill Nighy) bent on world domination. Cast includes Penelope Cruz, Will Arnett, Tracy Morgan, Sam Rockwell, Niecy Nash, Jon Favreau and Steve Buscemi.

"Orphan" (R for sexuality, profanity and disturbing violence) Horror flick about a married couple (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard) who discover that the 9 year-old girl (Isabelle Fuhrman) they adopted after they suffered a miscarriage might not be as innocent as she appears. Supporting cast includes CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett and Margo Martindale.

"The Ugly Truth" (R for profanity and sexuality) Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler co-star in this romantic comedy about a love-starved, morning show producer who finds herself teamed with a chauvinistic TV personality determined to prove his theories about relationships while helping her find a man. With Bree Turner, Eric Winter and Nick Searcy.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

"The Answer Man" (R for profanity) Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham co-star in this romantic comedy about a reclusive, best-selling author of spiritual books who grudgingly starts dating the chiropractor treating his injured back, an overprotective single-mom with a seven year-old son (Max Antisell). Cast includes Lou Taylor Pucci, Kat Dennings and Richard Barlow.

"California Company Town" (Unrated) Haunting documentary, directed by Lee Anne Schmitt, examines the desolation visited upon California's once-booming ghost towns which lay abandoned since the disappearance of the natural resources upon which the mining, lumber, manufacturing, oil and other industries located there had depended.

"The English Surgeon" (Unrated) Bio-pic heralding the heroic efforts of British brain surgeon Dr. Henry Marsh as he travels from England to the Ukraine to help his Russian counterparts perform operations on makeshift equipment in a second-rate hospital full of desperate patients.

"Loren Cass" (Unrated) Revenge drama, set in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1997, chronicling the ethnic tensions which erupt around town after a skinhead (Travis Maynard) and his buddy (Chris Fuller) sabotage the car of a black driver in their high school parking lot. With Kayla Tabish, Jacob Reynolds and Din Thomas.

"Shrink" (R for sexual references and for pervasive profanity and drug use)
Cross-cultural drama about a celebrated L.A. psychiatrist (Kevin Spacey) to the stars who starts smoking pot and neglecting his practice after his wife commits suicide only to get a new lease on life when he begins counseling a troubled teenager (Keke Palmer) from the other side of the tracks. Ensemble includes Saffron Burrows, Gore Vidal, Robin Williams, Griffin Dunne and Dallas Roberts.

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