Hot For Teacher: Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks, right) woos his public speaking professor (Julia Roberts) in the midst of restarting his life after being laid off. Despite Roberts' lively performance, the film lacks enough emotional honesty to feel like an open reflection of current economic times. Bruce Talamon/Universal Studios hide caption

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Bridal Partiers: Lillian (Maya Rudolph, second from right) recruits best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig, right) as maid of honor, forcing Annie to herd an unruly bunch of attendants including a nuclear engineer (Melissa McCarthy, left), a naive newlywed (Ellie Kemper), an upper-class snob (Rose Byrne) and a bored housewife (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Gnawing problems: Mel Gibson (right, with Jodie Foster) plays a man who deals with crushing depression from behind the psychological shield of a hand puppet. Ken Regan/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Forever Young: Although he wears a smirk borrowed from notable screen punks, Jesse (Thomas McDonell) shows his romantic colors after warming up to resident perfectionist Nova (Aimee Teegarden). Richard Foreman Jr./Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Trainer Wreck: A bereaved circus veterinarian (Robert Pattinson) and a performer (Reese Witherspoon) with an abusive husband are brought closer by their shared affection for an animal colleague in Water for Elephants. David James/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Life was 'Beautiful': A carefree mother (Micaela Ramazzotti, center), an angry father and the string of men who succeed him make for a chaotic childhood for Bruno (Giacomo Bibbiani, right) and his sister Valeria (Aurora Frasca). Palisades Tartan hide caption

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The Good, The Bad, And The Women: Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain) goes West again as Emily Tetherow, a bold settler with doubts about the guide hired to lead her party over the Cascade Mountains. Oscilloscope Pictures hide caption

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Filmmaker Robin Hessman (right), who spent eight years living in Russia in the 1990s, returned in 2004 to film her documentary about the country's turbulent shift toward democracy. Red Square Productions hide caption

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Knight Rider: Matthew McConaughey's Mick Haller is a smooth criminal-defense attorney who begins to wonder if a former client belongs in jail — and if a current one should be imprisoned. Saeed Adyani/Lionsgate hide caption

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Babe In The Woods: Amanda Seyfried's young Red — her name turns out to be Valerie, who knew? — is a sloe-eyed young vixen with appetites every bit as carnal as that notorious wolf's. Kimberly French/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Till Death Do Us Part? On his deathbed, Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is visited by his long-dead wife Huay (Natthakarn Aphaiwonk), who aids him in his journey through past lives and the end of his latest. Strand Releasing hide caption

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A Prodigal Daughter: Sky Ferreira plays a pop singer who returns to town for a funeral and clashes with her ex-con father — moving among stratified social circles and illuminating an eclectic community. Jeremy Saulnier/The Cinema Guild hide caption

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