Viorel (Cristi Puiu), a divorced, bitter malcontent, is plotting to turn his simmering rage into action. The film depicts his arduous preparations in a stately, unhurried manner, using long takes and shots framed at a distance. Cinema Guild hide caption

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Enter Sandmen: Musical performances make up the bulk of Passione, and director John Turturro often can't resist getting in on the action. Max Casella (from left), Fiorello, an unnamed dancer and Turturro search for Neapolitan oil in the song "Caravan Petrol." Beta Cinema hide caption

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Stomp The Yards: Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein turned neighborhood rabble-rouser to take on Brooklyn's proposed Atlantic Yards project, which would have demolished his condo to make room for 16 skyscrapers and a new basketball arena. Tracy Collins/Rumur hide caption

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Trunk Show: Circus ringmaster David Balding treated his teenage elephant, Flora, like a surrogate daughter. Lisa Leeman followed their saga for 10 years as Balding traveled from Tennessee to Botswana to find Flora an acceptable retirement home. OWN Documentaries hide caption

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Liner notes: A cruise ship provides the principal setting for Jean-Luc Godard's mostly plotless meditation on imperialism and historical revisionism. Jean-Marc Stehlé plays one of the passengers on Godard's wild ride. Lorber Films hide caption

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Natural Born Puzzler: Bored housewife Maria (Maria Onetto) discovers a knack for jigsaw-solving and befriends an enthusiast (Arturo Goetz) who helps her hone her craft — and rediscover herself in the process. Sundance Selects hide caption

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A Prodigal Girlfriend: Opportunistic beauty Peiru (Shu Qi) exploits Beijing policeman Zhendong (Liu Ye) financially and emotionally, only to discover — too late? — that she's in love with him. China Lion Films hide caption

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Honor among 'Assassins': A one-time student (Tsuyoshi Ihara, left) and a young warrior-in-training (Masataka Kubota) join the former's teacher, Shinzaemon, in a quest to rid 19th-century Japan of a sadistic warlord. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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Until proven guilty: Charged with treason and tried by a military tribunal in the Lincoln assassination plot, Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is defended in court by former Union soldier Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy). Claudette Barius/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Sugar and spice: Raised in a remote cabin in Finland, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is fluent in multiple languages — and fighting styles. But though she can dispatch spies and assassins with ease, there's a lot she doesn't know about the world. Alex Bailey/Focus Features hide caption

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An orphaned Palestinian girl (Freida Pinto) is one of four women whose lives are a lens on the Middle East in Miral. Jose Haro/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Subito Accelerando: After taking an experimental "smart drug," Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) becomes a bona-fide genius, able to finish a long-stalled novel, learn new languages — even compose music. John Baer/Relativity Media hide caption

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