Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in a biographical film based on the former South African president's memoir. Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Jacob Latimore (from left), Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker power through the season in Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity, a Christmas movie musical based on Langston Hughes' gospel oratorio. Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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In Narco Cultura, director and photojournalist Shaul Schwarz interrogates the collision of pop culture and Mexico's drug cartels — as personified by bands like Los Bukanas de Culiacan (above), who perform narcocorridos, or songs glorifying the drug trade. Shaul Schwarz/Cinedigm hide caption

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The man who makes the deal with the devil, played by Johannes Zeiler, is back onscreen in a new interpretation of the Faust story from director Alexander Sokurov. /Leisure Time Features hide caption

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Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is just a typical teen struggling with boys, family and growing up — and also what might be the apocalypse. Nicola Dove/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Making his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves also appears as the film's rich, ruthless villain. RADiUS-TWC hide caption

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Benedict Cumberbatch (left), sporting the white-blond mop of the real Julian Assange, and Daniel Bruhl, who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, take on the story of WikiLeaks in The Fifth Estate. Frank Connor/DreamWorks II hide caption

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Malin Akerman, who plays Blondie singer Debbie Harry, is just one of many actors and musicians lip-syncing to the tracks of '70s punk legends in the loose but lively CBGB. Beau Giann/XLrator Media hide caption

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Dahai (Jiang Wu), the protagonist of the first of four vignettes in A Touch of Sin, brings a shotgun when he returns to his hometown to seek revenge against corrupt businessmen. Kino Lorber hide caption

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Roger Hawkins, a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers), is just one among the many musicians captured in this documentary about the famous town. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, takes a look at growing income disparity in Inequality for All. Radius/TWC hide caption

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Zaytoun follows Yoni (Stephen Dorff), an Israeli fighter pilot, and Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), a young Palestinian boy, as they travel together and form an unlikely bond. Eitan Riklis/Strand Releasing hide caption

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All Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants is her own bicycle — but as Haifaa Al Mansour's film illustrates, that's a tricky proposition for a young girl living in Saudi Arabia. Tobias Kownatzki /Razor Film/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Ses Doigts, Sont Adroits: Deborah Francois proves adept with the titular typewriter in Populaire. Jair Sfez/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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