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The Ugly Truth (18)

Romantic Comedy / 95 / English

Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl), a TV show producer in Sacramento, California, is watching a segment of a local television show called “The Ugly Truth,” hosted by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler). Abby becomes annoyed with Mike’s cynicism about relationships and immediately calls into the show, where she begins arguing with him on the air. The next day, Abby goes to work only to find out her own show has actually hired Mike for a segment to help boost its sagging ratings. The two don’t get along well at first. But when Abby meets her next-door neighbor Colin (Eric Winter), she can’t help but ask Mike for some advice. The two agree that if Mike’s ideas and advice are helpful, Abby will work with him on the show. But if his advice backfires, Mike will have to step aside.

Spread (18)

Drama, Romance / 97 / English

Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) is a sexual drifter. He knows that his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of Los Angeles’s richest women and enjoy their luxurious lifestyle. It’s a good life: Nikki always has a free place to stay, and he gets fantastic gifts, access to A-list stars and events, and plenty of sex.

When Nikki meets Samantha (Anne Heche) - a stunning, middle-aged lawyer - he gets more than he’s ever had before. But when he falls for a gorgeous waitress his own age named Heather (Margarita Levieva), Nikki can’t resist taking his new acquaintance to Samantha’s place - where he tries to pass it off as his own.

Tokyo Girl (G)

Drama / 98 / Japanese

Miho (Kaho) is a college student hoping to one day become a science fiction writer. When an earthquake hits, she accidentally drops her cell phone, and it vanishes into thin air.

The phone, it so happens, fell through a worm hole and went back in time, landing in the hands of Tokijiro (Kazuma Sano), a young man living in 1912 in the Meiji Period.

Miho tries calling her phone but gets no answer, until she discovers that the rising of the moon activates the signal.

9 (12)

Animation, Adventure / 79 / English

In the post-apocalyptic world where “9” takes place, the only things moving are small, mechanical rag dolls and the robotic beasts that pursue them. One of these rag dolls, identified only with a number nine on his back, awakens in a laboratory, not really sure who he is or what’s going on. But it’s not long before No. 9 (Elijah Wood), as he’s called, finds others just like him, hiding out in an old church where they are safe from the destructive forces around them. They are led by No. 1 (Christopher Plummer), who is strict and fearful of the outside. When one of their numbers is kidnapped, No. 9 wants to strike out on a rescue mission, to which No. 1 fiercely objects. No. 9 disobeys, only to accidentally awaken a terrible, mechanical monster.

My Sister’s Keeper (12)

Drama / 109 / English

Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was born to be a genetic match to her older sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2. Anna knows that she came into the world for Kate, but she also knows that donating her organs for her sister means she won’t be able to play soccer or be a cheerleader.

So when Kate goes into renal failure and Anna has to donate one of her kidneys, she sues her parents, Brian and Sara Fitzgerald (Jason Patric and Cameron Diaz), for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. With the help of Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) as her guardian, Anna tries to find a true life for herself.

Habana Blues (18)

Drama / 110 / Spanish

Two musicians in Cuba, Ruy and Tito (Alberto Yoel and Roberto Sanmartin), get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to storm onto the international scene through a deal with a Spanish record company. But there’s one condition: they have to change their Cuba-themed lyrics to cater to an international audience. Ruy considers this a betrayal of his country and his art, whereas Tito recognizes the financial necessity of it. At the same time, Ruy is dealing with the fact that his children and their mother are leaving for the United States.

Chef’s Special (15)

Romantic Comedy / 108 / Spanish

Maxi (Javier Camara) is a headstrong chef with stress management issues. Intent on earning his restaurant a Michelin star, he runs his kitchen with panic-stricken fervor.

Maxi is certain he’s about to get one this time, but his world is turned upside down when his two estranged kids appear at his doorstep. The kids have trouble understanding Maxi’s openly gay lifestyle, and things get worse when a hunk moves in next door.
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