Man's Best Frenemy: J.R. Ackerley, voiced by Christopher Plummer, was a misfit loner who -- after getting fed up with his German shepherd's improper attachment to his trouser leg -- set out to find a species-appropriate mate for his pet. New Yorker Films hide caption

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It's A Boy: Goran (Gustaf Skarsgard, younger brother of True Blood's Alexander and son of veteran actor Stellan) and Sven (Torkel Petersson) learn they've been approved to adopt a young son. But the adoption doesn't go exactly as planned. Anders Jorgensen/Regent Releasing hide caption

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Pyramid Scheme: Cairo Time stars Patricia Clarkson as a New York fashion editor who comes to Egypt with her husband. But when circumstances throw them together, Juliette finds herself drawn to a lanky Cairo native (Alexander Siddig). Colm Hogan/IFC Films hide caption

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Going Under: Bill Murray continues his streak of tragicomic roles in Get Low, playing an undertaker who gets involved in the life -- and approaching death -- of a mysterious hermit played by Robert Duvall. Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Mom's The Word: Annette Bening (left) and Julianne Moore play a comically yin-yang couple in The Kids Are All Right. Bening's Nic is a high-strung gynecologist with a sharp tongue, while Moore's Jules is a mellower, flightier stay-at-home mom. Suzanne Tenner/Focus Features hide caption

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Unchained Melody: In his documentary The Agony And Ecstasy Of Phil Spector, director Vikram Jayanti casts the eccentric music producer in a decidedly kindly light. Vixpix Films hide caption

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Amateur Auteur: Michel (Jean-Pierre Bacri, left) is a reporter who asks Agathe (Agnes Jaoui) to be a subject in his documentary about "successful women" in Let It Rain. IFC Films hide caption

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On A Mission: In a breakthrough role, Jennifer Lawrence plays an Ozarks teenager who navigates ravaged terrain in search of her father. Sebastian Mlynarski hide caption

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Beyond The Sea: A broody fisherman (Colin Farrell) finds his interest piqued by the mysterious, aquatically inclined Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) after accidentally snaring her in his nets. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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The Unflappable Surgeon: Thomas Krueger (second from right) closed his Tennessee private practice in 2005 to join Doctors Without Borders. He spent two months in Liberia treating patients and training local doctors. Michael Coles/Red Floor Pictures hide caption

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Ogre Ennui: Family life with Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and kids has effectively tamed Shrek (Mike Myers) -- so he decides to make a dangerous deal to recapture his ogre-hood. DreamWorks Animation hide caption

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Star-Crossed: Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and Charlie (Christopher Egan) meet in Verona, after Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter written to Shakespeare's tragic heroine — and decides to write back. John P. Johnson/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Parent Trapped: Annette Bening plays Karen, a middle-aged woman who lives with her mother and can't help obsessing over the baby she was forced to give up for adoption at 14. Ralph Nelson/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Cheap Shills: Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt play Kate and Alex, two New York antiques dealers with a knack for estate-sale finds that turn a pretty penny — and a marriage that's lost some of its shine. Piotr Redlinski/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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