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PUBLISHED: 14:01 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:58 11 August 2010

THE SOLOIST (12A) THIS film brings the true story of an unlikely friendship to life. Award-winning columnist with the Los Angeles Times, Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) becomes an advocate for LA s homeless when he meets Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a

THE SOLOIST (12A)

THIS film brings the true story of an unlikely friendship to life.

Award-winning columnist with the Los Angeles Times, Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) becomes an advocate for LA's homeless when he meets Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a talented musician who's been playing a two-stringed violin while living on the streets and battling mental illness.

Struck by Ayers' passion for music, Lopez begins to write a series of columns about his new acquaintance while attempting to get him off the streets and playing music again.

Through Lopez the film relates the problems daily newspapers face as the world increasingly goes electronic and popular news becomes more sensationalistic.

While Ayers, whose undiagnosed schizophrenia drove him away from Juilliard as a young man, shows us how brutal life is on the streets.

Lending authenticity to the story, a number of L.A.'s homeless population were cast as extras in the film.

CREATION (PG)

CREATION is the powerful and true-life tale of Charles Darwin and the most explosive idea in history.

A world-renowned scientist, and a dedicated family man struggling to accept his daughter's death, Darwin is torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place.

This is the extraordinary story of Charles Darwin and how his master-work "The Origin of Species" came to light.

Darwin is played by acclaimed British actor Paul Bettany and his wife Emma is played by his real-life wife, Jennifer Connelly.

The film is based on Randal Keynes' book, 'Annie's Box', about the life of his great great grandfather.

SURROGATES (15)

FBI AGENTS (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student in this futuristic sci-fi thriller.

The mysterious case seems to be linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves.

The surrogates are fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume peoples' life roles - enabling them to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

But this murder opens up questions that are difficult to answer - just how safe are surrogates and in a world of masks, who's real and who can you trust?

FAME (PG)

A REMAKE of the original Oscar winning film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.

In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student's passion will be put to the test.

As well as their artistic goals, the pupils have to deal with schoolwork, friendships, romance and self-discovery.

As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they'll soon discover who among them has the talent and discipline to succeed.


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