In the 1960s, protest singer Rodriguez didn't find an audience in the United States. Unbeknownst to him, though, one of his albums became a massive success in South Africa. Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul tracks him down in Searching for Sugar Man. Hal WIlson/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Ruby (Zoe Kazan) comes to life when Calvin (Paul Dano) begins writing her into existence on his typewriter in Ruby Sparks. Kazan also wrote the new romantic comedy from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine. Merrick Morton/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Pascale (Daniel Auteuil) with his sister Nathalie (Marie-Anne Chazel, right) and daughter Patricia (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), who, to his dismay, becomes pregnant in The Well-Digger's Daughter. The film is a remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 movie. Kino Lorber hide caption

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In People Like Us, Sam (Chris Pine) connects with Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) and her son, Josh (Michael D'Addario), without telling them that he is their long-lost brother and uncle, respectively. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Quvenzhane Wallis, who was 6 at the time of production, plays Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a fantastical tale about self-reliance and community after a storm in Louisiana. Jess Pinkham/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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In Woody Allen's latest, John (Alec Baldwin, left) begins to live vicariously through complications in Jack's (Jesse Eisenberg) love life. Philippe Antonello /Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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In The Woman in the Fifth, novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke), already suffering from writer's block, falls into increasing states of paranoia as he wanders the streets of Paris. ATO Pictures hide caption

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Elena (Nadezhda Markina), a dutiful wife to her wealthy husband and a burdened mother to her layabout son, manages to balance the needs of the two, until she learns her husband plans to leave her family nothing in his will. Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Turning depression and anger at his spiraling personal life outward, Frank (Joel Murray) — with sidekick Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) — takes literal aim at the crasser forms of American pop culture. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy play British retirees in residence at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While advertisements promised a life of leisure in a newly refurbished facility, the Brits arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Beth (Diane Keaton) and her adopted dog, Freeway, are parted when her distracted, workaholic husband, Joseph, loses Freeway in the woods. Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Michelle Yeoh (Memoirs of a Geisha) plays Myanmar pro-democracy dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. The film focuses on her relationship with her late husband, an Oxford academic, and the strain placed on their relationship by government pressure. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Whit Stillman, the whimsical director of Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, returns after 13 years with Damsels in Distress -- which he calls "a comedy of ideas, even if they're lame ones." Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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Oh, Captain: Adrien Brody plays selfless substitute teacher Henry Barthes, who is less a convincing human than a synthesis of well-worn cinematic tropes about the inspiring educator. Tribeca Film hide caption

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