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DVD: Inception (12)

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DVD: Whip It, For retail & rental (Lions Gate)

A Texan schoolgirl (Ellen Page) finds fulfilment by taking up the underground, all-female sport of roller derby, without telling her strict mother (Marcia Gay Harden).

DVD: Whip It (12)

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