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Sneak Preview: 'Life As We Know It,' 'Secretariat' and other movies opening this week

Al Alexander

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

Here’s something new: Katherine Heigl in a romantic comedy, playing opposite a middling co-star who will go from hating her character to loving her. This time it’s Josh Duhamel, with whom Heigl tumultuously shares a godchild. When the parents kick, guess who must come together for the good of the kid?

SECRETARIAT

It will be hard to say neigh to this tale about the beloved Triple Crown winner that electrified a nation in the spring of 1973. Diane Lane leads an all-star cast, playing Secretariat’s severely tested owner, who had more trouble with sexist pigs than thoroughbred horses.

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

Anna Boden and her writing and directing partner Ryan Fleck once again prove to be among the most eclectic indie filmmakers around with this tale about a disgruntled teenager (Keir Gilchrist of “United States of Tara”) finding happiness after checking himself into a mental institution. The fine supporting cast includes Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan as the boy’s clueless parents, and Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts as fellow mental patients eager to teach him all about love and life.

WHITE WEDDING

From South Africa comes this quirky comedy about a groom and his best man trying to get home from Johannesburg to Cape Town in time for the wedding. Think “Hangover” with accents. But this time the animals are more likely in the wild than in the hotel bathroom. Kenneth Nkosi stars.

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY

If this documentary about the resuscitation of Disney’s long slumbering animation department in the 1980s and ’90s seems a little self-serving, it probably is. But it’s fascinating just the same, as tight budgets and infighting give way to one of the Mouse’s most creative periods, beginning with “The Little Mermaid.”