British architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster and Partners designed the curved glass skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe, known informally as the Gherkin, that overlooks east London. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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After their last residents had left, the 33 buildings at Pruitt-Igoe were demolished in the mid-1970s. State Historical Society of Missouri/First Run Features hide caption

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Family Tradition: Richard Garriott, the first second-generation American astronaut, funded his $30 million trip to the International Space Station from the fortune he built designing computer games. First Run Features hide caption

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Suit Case: After taking refuge in a New York apartment building basement, Josh (Milo Ventimiglia) and other survivors of a massive attack combat threats from the outside — and their own spiraling paranoia. Anchor Bay Films hide caption

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Boy, Wonder: In a Hollywood that's increasingly in the business of telling kids' stories to adults, even an auteur as bloody-minded as Martin Scorsese gave in to the temptation of the childlike in this year's Hugo. Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount hide caption

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During the early-'90s war in what was then Yugoslavia, a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic, right) and a Bosnian painter (Zana Marjanovic) negotiate boundaries personal and political. Dean Semler/FilmDistrict hide caption

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Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, the dark heroine of the American movie adaption of the Swedish novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Merrick Morton/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Uncomfortably Numb: For Brandon (Michael Fassbender), the endless pursuit of sex doesn't involve any particular pleasure — only a driving obsession. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Dangerous' minds? Psychoanalyst Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) applies the talking cure to Sabina (Keira Knightley) a young woman diagnosed with what was then called hysteria. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Double Game: Barcelona-born Juan Pujol Garcia established himself as a German spy — then turned to the British, who called him "Garbo" and used him to feed disinformation to the Nazis. First Run Features hide caption

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