Leonardo DiCaprio plays a profoundly corrupt stock-market manipulator in The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the real-life story of convicted fraudster Jordan Belfort. Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures hide caption

itoggle caption Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures

Living in poverty and expelled from school, Arbor (Conner Chapman) turns to collecting scrap metal with a cart and horse in The Selfish Giant. Agatha A. Nitecka/Sundance Selects hide caption

itoggle caption Agatha A. Nitecka/Sundance Selects

After the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, the nearby town of Futaba was entirely evacuated. Nuclear Nation follows nine months in the lives of the displaced. First Run Features hide caption

itoggle caption First Run Features

When his younger brother disappears after getting entangled with a rough customer, Russell (Christian Bale) grabs a gun and heads out to hunt for him. Kerry Hayes/Relativity Media hide caption

itoggle caption Kerry Hayes/Relativity Media

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

itoggle caption Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company

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

itoggle caption Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight Pictures

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

itoggle caption Shaul Schwarz/Cinedigm

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

itoggle caption /Leisure Time Features

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

itoggle caption Nicola Dove/Magnolia Pictures

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

itoggle caption RADiUS-TWC

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

itoggle caption Frank Connor/DreamWorks II

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

itoggle caption Beau Giann/XLrator Media

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

itoggle caption Kino Lorber

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

itoggle caption Magnolia Pictures