Fox Searchlight

Paper Tigers? Employees of The New York Times occupy a prominent perch in the journalism world — but in the year chronicled in Andrew Rossi's Page One, they and the Gray Lady both face how precarious the heights can be. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

itoggle caption Magnolia Pictures

Alec Guinness, center, is shown in a scene from the film "Bridge on the River Kwai." AP hide caption

itoggle caption AP

Friendly Fire: Steve Coogan (right) takes his friend Rob Brydon along on a newspaper assignment to sample fine food at Britain's country inns — though in the end the two spend more time acting the fool than they do appreciating the culinary arts. Phil Fisk/IFC Films hide caption

itoggle caption Phil Fisk/IFC Films

A Mother's Love: Jessica Chastain plays Mrs. O'Brien, mother of R.L.(Laramie Eppler, left), Jack (Hunter McCracken, right) and Steve (not pictured), and a character who filmmaker Terrence Malick portrays as the very embodiment of grace. Merie Wallace/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

itoggle caption Merie Wallace/Twentieth Century Fox

Princess Of 'Tides': Penelope Cruz (right, wearing less eyeliner) joins Johnny Depp for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure. Peter Mountain/Buena Vista Pictures hide caption

itoggle caption Peter Mountain/Buena Vista Pictures

Kristen Wiig (left) breaks the tired mold of summer wedding comedies with Bridesmaids, where her character grapples with a rival (Rose Bryne) without the genre's typically inconceivable levels of earnestness. Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures hide caption

itoggle caption Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures

He Did In Fact Start The Fire: Hesher doesn't give him much of a springboard, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt still draws an intriguing portrait of a sociopathic headbanger who bonds with a grieving middle-schooler. Merrick Morton/Wrekin Hill hide caption

itoggle caption Merrick Morton/Wrekin Hill

Comic relief: Chris Hemsworth fits the strapping, swaggering, hammer-toting bill as a god who's a little clueless when it comes to fitting in on Earth. Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios hide caption

itoggle caption Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios

The Secret Lives Of Mothers: After the death of the widowed Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), her adult children slowly discover the bitterness of her childhood in a country plagued by endless cycles of violence. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

itoggle caption Sony Pictures Classics

Dream Weaver: In Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (center) plays a point man in an elaborate and illicit scheme to plant an idea in the mind of a businessman while he sleeps. Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros. hide caption

itoggle caption Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros.