Enchanted Journey: Orphaned in a Viking raid, Brendan (left) now lives in the fortified Abbey of Kells. But his talents and his natural curiosity drive him outdoors, to an enchanted forest where he meets the changeling girl Aisling. GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon hide caption

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The Not So Dynamic Duo: Phyllis and Harold draws on 12 years of interviews between director Cindy Kleine and her parents. Cindy Kleine hide caption

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Who's Your Daddy? Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic) redefines paternal protection as her father (Mel Gibson) seeks justice for her murder in Edge of Darkness. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Descent Of A Man: After the loss of his daughter Annie (Martha West), the naturalist Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) found the strength to order his ideas about nature into the landmark treatise On the Origin of Species. Liam Daniel/Newmarket Films hide caption

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In the Lord of the Rings films, director Peter Jackson fused computer-generated images with motion-capture footage of actor Andy Serkis to create the decidedly nonhuman Gollum. New Line Cinema hide caption

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Serious impact: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, with Jeremy Renner, was one of three 2009 films in which moviemakers finally came convincingly to grips with the Iraq War. Jonathan Olley/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Hard Target: Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes update (with Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams) looks to put a bullet in the idea of the deerstalker-wearing detective — though who Ritchie's hero is, exactly, remains something of a mystery. hide caption

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When Walls Come Down: Daniel Day Lewis plays Guido Contini, a famous film director struggling with writer's block — and looking for inspiration in the assortment of women who have shaped his life. David James/Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Love's Loss: Colin Firth (with Julianne Moore) plays George Falconer, a closeted British professor in 1960s Los Angeles grieving over the sudden death of his partner. Unable to cope with the despair of his solitude, Falconer plans to end his life. Eduard Grau/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Madiba Unconquered: Winning the South African presidency was one thing for Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman). Bringing the racially divided country together was a bigger battle — and one in which Mandela deployed some unexpected troops. Keith Bernstein hide caption

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