(R) ★★★☆☆

Although it’s a cancer film, the tender and funny 50/50 addresses its subject with a refreshing lack of melodrama, making it transcend the usual. Based on the true story of Will Reiser, a comedy writer and friend of Seth Rogen’s, the movie follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who gets diagnosed with the C-word. The film follows how Adam and his best friend, among others, get on with life. “Help me help you get laid!” Rogen’s character says. The grace notes make this film memorable.

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The members of Slow to Surface have been known to throw a cover or two into their live sets in the past. But there’s something special about their recent take on “Stars” by ’90s alt-rock one-hit-wonders Hum. (You may remember the song; it goes like this: She thinks she missed the train to Mars/she’s out back counting stars.) Slow to Surface have made the song distinctly their own and—dare we say—better than the original? You can decide for yourself by buying the song on iTunes, or perhaps they’ll play it during their First Friday performance on Oct. 7.