Cop And A Laugh: Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, right) finds his routine indulgences challenged by the presence of straight-laced FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) in his small Irish patrol. The pair must work together to track down a trio of dope smugglers. Jonathan Hession/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Unlocked Baggage: In Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is writing an article about a historical atrocity as she and her husband move into one of the properties where it took place. The film's obvious script spells out the situational irony a bit too cleanly. Julien Bonet/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Dancing With Elephants: Svetlana Geier, a Ukranian fluent in German, survived the reigns of both Stalin and Hitler. She channeled her grim past into a career translating Feodor Dostoevsky's dense classics, like Crime and Punishment. Cinema Guild hide caption

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The Story Of Her Life: Joyce McKinney's scheme to deprogram Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson involved her tracking him to England, shackling him to a bed and burning his "magic underwear." In their race to keep up with her exploits, the gossip rags of the day rewrote the rules on tabloid journalism. Sundance Selects hide caption

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Midnight Marauders: Phife Dawg (from left), Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad ruminate on their success in the hip-hop world. The film, named after A Tribe Called Quest's best-selling 1996 album, lavishes attention on the group's history of conflict and dysfunction. Robert Benavides/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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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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