A Mirror, Two Faces: Paprika Steen's performance as Thea, an actress trying to sober up and regain custody of her children, carries Martin Zandvliet's Applause beyond a genre plot and standard-issue dialogue. World Wide Motion Pictures hide caption

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New Horizons: Bollywood star Aamir Khan plays Arun, a celebrated painter who moves into Mumbai's gentrifying inner city to escape his rarefied world. Aamir Khan Productions hide caption

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Gentle Persuasion: Stellan Skarsgard plays Ulrik, just released after a 12-year prison stint for murder. Once outside, Ulrik pretty much plays along with friends, family and his old criminal boss -- even if it means intimate encounters of an excessively awkward kind. Philip Oegaard/Strand Releasing hide caption

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Gerri and Tom, played by Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent, have a wonderfully happy middle-class life and marriage but spend their time entertaining miserable friends -- and worrying about a grown son's failure to settle down. Simon Mein/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Family Time: Aimless Hollywood celeb Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff, left) gets a surprise when his seldom-seen daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), shows up for an extended visit; it gives them time to hang out with Johnny's friend Sammy (Chris Pontius), and perhaps to jump-start the star's stalled life. Merrick Morton/Focus Features hide caption

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Falling Apart: Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star as Becca and Howie, whose opposing reactions to their son's death lead to a crumbling marriage -- and a difficult but touching journey toward recovery. David Geisbrecht/Lionsgate hide caption

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Average Joe Meets Femme Fatale: Angelina Jolie, left, plays the mysterious Elise, who gets Johnny Depp's American tourist, Frank, into hot water when she leads her enemies to believe he is someone else. Peter Mountain/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Benazir Bhutto, here attending a 1993 campaign rally, was the first woman to lead a Muslim nation. In her struggle to reform and modernize Pakistan, she met with imprisonment, exile, charges of corruption and finally assassination. Robert Nickelsberg/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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In Made in Dagenham, Miranda Richardson plays Barbara Castle, a Cabinet member who backs working-class women in their struggle for equal pay. Susie Allnutt/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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God As Her Witness: Isabelle Huppert plays Maria Vial, a French expatriate who refuses to leave her coffee plantation despite a spiraling civil war. Stubbornly focused on her own interests, she turns a blind eye to the escalating chaos -- and the very real dangers approaching. IFC Films hide caption

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Life or Death: James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a hiker who spends days trapped by a fallen rock in Utah — having told no one where he was going. Chuck Zlotnick/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Busman's Honeymoon: Police detective Paul Bellamy (Gerard Depardieu) has been convinced by his wife, Francoise (Marie Bunel), to take his first vacation in years. But an unruly half-brother and a spiraling local mystery lure Bellamy away from his R&R and into a web of betrayal and murder. Moune Jamet/IFC Films hide caption

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A Father's Fight: Cesar Ramos plays Ines and Dermot Mulroney stars as Paul, an American lawyer who crosses the border to Mexico, intent on saving his daughter through the illegal organ trade. Lewis Jacobs/IFC Films hide caption

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Barbara Sukowa (left) plays 12th-centruy abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who teaches Sister Clara (Paula Kalenberg) and her other nuns about medicine and philosophy. Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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New And Improved? When journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to her hometown in the English countryside, her uninhibited new attitude — and her new nose, too — rattle the locals who remember her as an ugly duckling. Peter Mountain/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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