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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At an insurance-sales convention, a naive small-towner (Ed Helms, center) unexpectedly shares a hotel room with two decidedly more worldly colleagues (John C. Reilly, left, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) — who drag him far outside his rural comfort zone. Kim Simms/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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DIY Detective: A onetime forensic-science major and a serious Sherlock Holmes fan, college dropout Doug (Cris Lankenau, left) launches an amateur investigation when his recently resurfaced ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) suddenly disappears. Parks and Weather LLC hide caption

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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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