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Now Playing: GIGANTIC, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, AN AMERICAN HAUNTING

Zooey Deschanel and Paul Dano in GIGANTIC

This week on Sundance Channel, we’ve got a true American horror story, a modern take on a literary classic… and Zooey Deschanel! In fact, there are great casts all around in our choices this week — watch these films for the performances, if for nothing else.

Indie homecoming king and queen Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel star in this unconventional comedy about a hapless mattress salesman who meets a quirky rich girl. Will she upend his plan to adopt a Chinese baby? Can you imagine a Zooey Deschanel movie without a happy ending? The surprisingly deep cast also includes John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander and Zach Galifianakis.

GIGANTIC, Saturday at 8P

This modern update to Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations features a who’s who of late ’90s cinema. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, Robert DeNiro… and of course, the voice of Moe Szyslak, Hank Azaria. With a new (and period set) Helena Bonham-Carter-led film adaptation set for release later this year, fans of the novel have a veritable embarrassment of riches to choose from.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Sunday at 10:15P

If you got hooked on American Horror Story last season (we did!), then you’ll definitely want to check out AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, based on the legend of the Bell Witch (supposedly the only “true story” of a ghost actually causing death). Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek get top billing among the otherwise youthful cast.

AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, Tuesday at 9P

Photo credit: First Independent Pictures