An Otis Redding concert inspired a Texas high school teacher to turn the Kashmere High School Stage Band into a soul powerhouse. In Mark Landsman's film, one former student — a keyboardist, not the unidentified trombonist pictured — says he'd be a felon today if the band hadn't given him a constructive focus. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Hostile Work Environment: Kristin Scott Thomas plays an executive with a mean streak in Alain Corneau's Love Crime, a tale of corporate intrigue and personal revenge. Pascal Chantier/Sundance Selects/IFC Films hide caption

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Man Of Iron: A ship-breaking worker in Chittagong, Bangladesh, makes his living tearing down old, decrepit water vessels — while struggling every day to avoid the ships' fate in a dangerous working environment. Saiful Huq Omi/Film Forum hide caption

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Conan O'Barbarian: Conan (Jason Momoa) is charged with using his wooden stoicism to prevent ancient warmongers from unleashing their supernatural hammy acting on an unsuspecting public. Though the film's lore tells us he was born on a battlefield, in truth this Conan was born out of Hollywood's current joint lust for remakes and sword-and-sandals mythos. Simon Varsano/Lionsgate Films hide caption

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The Ruins: German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer has spent over a decade converting an abandoned silk factory in Barjac, France into his own massive installation, complete with paintings, sculptures and surrealist landscapes. The film, so entrenched in the process of creation, rarely pauses to explain what his work signifies. Kino Lorber hide caption

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Lost In The Stream: Children play in a New York fountain on July 24, 2010. Beyond being filmed on the same date on the same planet, the film's amateur footage lacks unifying vision. National Geographic Films hide caption

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Broken Family Tree: Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) witnesses her husband suffer a fatal heart attack on the front lawn of their Outback home and becomes paralyzed with grief, unable to provide proper care for her children. Her feelings, and everyone else's, are visualized by the omnipresent tree. Baruch Rafic/Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Warding Off Spirits: Kristen (Amber Heard) is committed to a women's asylum after setting fire to an abandoned farmhouse. The true nature of her past and of the demons that follow her through the ward are eventually revealed through shockingly silly twists. Arc Entertainment hide caption

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Pajama Party: Terri (Jacob Wysocki) drifts through empty school days in his sleepwear until Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) decides to take him under his wing. The film adeptly mines humor from a protagonist who wanders around the fringes of a dissatisfying life. ATO Pictures hide caption

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Another Run: Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) flees from evil killer space robots yet again in the "stupendous piece of blockbusting" that is the latest installment of the Transformers franchise. Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Missed A Spot: Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, an acid-tongued middle school teacher trying to raise $10,000 for rich-male-baiting breast implants. Without any redeeming qualities beneath her sneering exterior, Elizabeth remains a surface-level offender. Gemma LaMana/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Class Of '62: Michael Fassbender proves his blockbuster mettle as Magneto in X-Men: First Class, a swift and stylish relaunch that lays out the Cold War-era origins for Marvel's superheroes. Murray Close/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Paul and Raluca's affair tears apart his seemingly happy marriage with Adriana, but director Radu Muntean designates no villains — opting instead to paint his characters in an unflinchingly objective light. Lorber Films hide caption

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The hobo code: A nameless vagabond (Rutger Hauer) rides the rails into Hope Town, where he introduces criminals to the business end of his boom stick. Don't expect any themes or allegories — just a whole lot of bloody gore. Karim Hussain/Magnet Releasing hide caption

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