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The Projector: Movies opening Friday, March 11

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Mars Needs Moms 3D and IMAX 3D (PG)

Disney's latest installment, produced by the same team that gave us Polar Express, showcases Joan Cusack as the voice of the kidnapped mom, taken to Mars by Martians. Her 9-year-old son Milo realizes all too late that he misses and really needs his mother, prompting his attempts to rescue her back. (Edwards 9, Edwards 22)

Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

Not the age-old story of little Red going to Grandma's, only to be tricked by a wolf. This updated tale stars Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) who is torn between two men. Gary Oldman portrays Soloman, a werewolf hunter, brought in by the town to help solve the monster dilemma. (Edwards 9, Edwards 22)

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

From the previews alone this action packed movie plays on many of our fears towards unfriendly E.T.'s. Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez head up this quick paced film about the marines versus the ominous aliens in L.A. (Edwards 9, Edwards 22)

The Illusionist (PG)

Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee for Best Animated Feature, this film was hand-drawn by Triplets of Bellville creator Sylvain Chomet. Without ever coming to celluloid fruition, this film was originally written in the 1950's by famed French film icon Jacques Tati. (The Flicks)

Cedar Rapids (R)

This well-known cast including John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Sigourney Weaver, all help to inspire and confuse insurance agent Helms as he attends a convention in the rural Iowa town of Cedar Rapids. (The Flicks)

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Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, Jeffrey Chernov and David Greenblatt

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Peña, Lucas Till, Cory Hardrict, Adetokumboh M'Cormack, Jim Parrack, Will Rothhaar, Neil Brown Jr., Noel Fisher, Taylor Handley, James Liao, Gino Anthony Pesi, Joey King, Bryce Cass and Jadin Gould

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Official Site: redridinghood.warnerbros.com

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Producer: Jennifer Killoran, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julie Yorn, Jim Rowe, Michael Ireland and Catherine Hardwicke

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Shauna Kain, Michael Hogan, Adrian Holmes, Cole Heppell, Christine Willes, Michael Shanks, Kacey Rohl, Carmen Lavigne, Don Thompson, Matt Ward, Megan Charpentier and DJ Greenburg

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theillusionist

Director: Sylvain Chomet

Writer: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Producer: Sally Chomet and Bob Last

Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin, Jil Aigrot, Didier Gustin, Frédéric Lebon and Tom Urie

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Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/marsneedsmoms

Director: Simon Wells

Producer: Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Steven Boyd

Cast: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Joan Cusack, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon, Tom Everett Scott and Seth Dusky

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/cedarrapids

Director: Miguel Arteta

Writer: Phil Johnston

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Thomas Lennon, Kurtwood Smith and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

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