Lost In The World: The humongous shadow of a just-emerged planet exactly like our own engulfs the life of Rhoda (Brit Marling), for whom another earth represents redemption. The film is most effective when it discards its own space junk and focuses on the simple story of a girl and her planet. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Lifeblood: In her acting debut, Khomotso Manyaka plays Chanda, a girl from a remote South African village who witnesses the exile of her disease-riddled mother from the community. Chanda's journey to find her will take the girl through the worst of a country that's been through considerable turmoil. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Sign Of The Times: Nim Chimpsky (left) was taught sign language by Columbia University researchers, including student Laura-Ann Petitto, as part of an experiment to prove that nonhumans could learn language. Ultimately, though, the study served to exhibit the failings of his "teachers." Susan Kuklin/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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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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