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VERA DRAKE (R) English director Mike Leigh's soft-spoken but morally eloquent "issues" drama stars Imelda Staunton as a saintly housekeeper and back-alley abortionist. The film's first half lays out social inequities by taking an "Upstairs, Downstairs" view of upper and lower class options for pregnancy termination. When authorities catch up to Vera, Staunton provides a devastating performance of a decent soul demolished by the sympathetic yet implacable forces of the state. -- CH

VIRGIN (NR) We've all been there: A church-going teenager (Elisabeth Moss) wakes up after having drinks with her high school crush, finds herself pregnant and jumps to the conclusion that she's carrying the child of God. Robin Wright Penn and Peter Gerety co-star in this drama. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema.

VOICES OF IRAQ (NR) In this unusual documentary, 150 digital video cameras were distributed in Iraq for the natives to record their own lives and thoughts about life after Saddam. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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