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'What's Your Number?,' '50/50,' 'Dream House,' 'Courageous' Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- What's Your Number?: Based on the book of the same name, Anna Faris' Ally digs through her romantic past to find out which of her ex-boyfriends was her best partner.  Chris Evans, Joel McHale, Chris Pratt and Blythe Danner also star.  Rated R.

-- 50/50: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a man who deals with a cancer diagnosis with the help of a friend, played by Seth Rogen.  The comedy also stars Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Dream House: Daniel Craig and his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, play a married couple who move with their kids into a New England home haunted by a person who once murdered a mother and her children there.  Naomi Watts also stars.  Rated PG-13.

-- Courageous: The faith-based drama revolves around four law enforcement officers struggling with fatherhood.  Rated PG-13.

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Movie Review: '50-50'

Summit Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Movies about cancer are a dangerous proposition. You risk being too depressing, too realistic, or not depressing enough and unrealistic.

50-50 falls into a category all its own. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old working for NPR in Seattle. He’s dating Bryce Dallas Howard’s Rachael, a gorgeous and somewhat pretentious artist who comes across as out of Adam’s league.

Adam’s life is rather normal, really -- until he’s diagnosed with stage 4 spinal cancer.

Seth Rogen plays…Seth Rogen, though his character is named Kyle, Adam’s dutiful best friend who uses Adam’s cancer to score medicinal marijuana and girls.  He may sound like a jerk but he’s not, and in classic Seth Rogen fashion, Kyle delivers big laughs.

Also helping Adam deal with his cancer is his 24-year-old therapist, Katherine, played by the endearing Anna Kendrick. Katherine is a rookie when it comes to helping cancer patients but Adam proves to be just the challenge she needs.  In turn, she may be the voice of reason Adam must have.

Anjelica Houston is perfect as Adam’s overprotective mother, while Phillip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer add extra heart as Adam’s older chemo buddies.

50-50 is that rare cancer movie that is both realistic and hilarious, with moments that are depressing, but never too depressing.  Anybody who has ever been close to cancer will recognize many true moments throughout the film.

Four out of five stars.

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