Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), give the wounded and desperate Frank (Josh Brolin) a ride, only to realize that Frank is an escaped convict being hunted by local police. Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush hide caption

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Pierre Deladonchamps (right) and Christophe Paou anchor the dark thriller Stranger by the Lake, in which danger and desire become as tangled as in a Hitchcock classic. Strand Releasing hide caption

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Lea Seydoux plays Emma in the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. AP hide caption

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Screen Time: Bob Mondello's Favorite Films Of 2013

TV may have been great this year, but don't roll the credits on 2013 films just yet. The film critic lists his annual best of the best for your pleasure.

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Asghar Farhadi's The Past focuses on the complex family dynamics between Marie (Berenice Bejo), her soon-to-be ex-husband, her new love (Tahar Rahim, above) and her children. Carole Bethuel/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, died Saturday. He was 81. AP hide caption

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To test a theory that the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer used lenses, mirrors and other tools to create his masterpieces, inventor Tim Jenison sets out to re-create the method — and the paintings — in the dazzling documentary Tim's Vermeer. Shane F. Kelly/High Delft Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Tom Hanks plays the man himself, Walt Disney, alongside Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, in Saving Mr. Banks. Francois Duhamel/Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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After her Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) traps the kingdom in an endless winter, Anna (Kristen Bell) gathers a gang of offbeat buddies to break the spell. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Jennifer Lawrence makes her second appearance as the savvy, steel-spined Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian Hunger Games series. Murray Close/Lionsgate hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Philomena -- radically different films whose heroines have surprisingly similar qualities.

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After receiving a dubious letter, the aging Woody (Bruce Dern) heads off on a quest to collect $1 million, dragging his son David (Will Forte) along with him. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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