Ella Taylor Ella Taylor is a free-lance film critic, book reviewer and feature writer living in Los Angeles.

Filmmaker Jafar Panahi, banned from making films and placed under house arrest by the Iranian government, invites friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb to follow him and shoot something that's not a film. Palisades Tartan hide caption

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Palisades Tartan

Dryn (Konstantin Balakirev, left), Fred (Maksim Matveev), and Bob (Igor Voynarovsky) rebel against the cultural norms in the Soviet Union of the '50s, adopting colorful clothing, hairstyles and a mode of living that earned them the derogatory moniker stilyagi, or "stylish people." Leisure Time Features hide caption

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Leisure Time Features

In isolated Barrow, Alaska, a fight between three boys over a girl turns violent, leaving Aivaaq (Frank Qutuq Irelan, left) and Qalli (Josiah Patkotak) with a secret that tests the bonds of their friendship. Silverwood Films hide caption

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Silverwood Films

Sewage worker Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz, right) and Krystyna Chiger (Milla Bankowicz) peek from their underground hideaway in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. Jasmin Marla Dichant/Sony Classics hide caption

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Arctic Heart-Warmer: Environmental activist Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) reaches out to one of the whales blocked from migrating south in Big Miracle. Darren Michaels/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Star-Crossed: Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim play Romeo and Juliette, new parents facing daily adversity when their son shows troubling health symptoms. IFC Films hide caption

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IFC Films

In From The Cold: George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is a career spy who's been forced out at Britain's MI6 — only to be called in to investigate when there's news of a traitor in the ranks. Jack English/Focus Features hide caption

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Petro-baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky — once reckoned the wealthiest man in Russia — saw his empire collapse after Vladimir Putin's government alleged tax fraud. Lala Films hide caption

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Lala Films

Is This Thing On? Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get far trying to make sense of the FBI's founding director in J. Edgar. Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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