'Heat' Stroke: The genius of this buddy-cop comedy is in its pairing of Sandra Bullock (left, as a by-the-book process nerd of an FBI suit) with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a sloppy Boston detective with no patience for procedure. Gemma La Mana/Fox hide caption

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Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) puts his past as a U.N. investigator to work again when he and his family — not to mention the rest of the planet — are threatened by a zombie apocalypse. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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James Franco (left), Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel are all playing themselves in Rogen's apocalypse comedy This Is the End. Sony Pictures hide caption

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The 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz was rated G. The 2013 film Oz the Great and Powerful was rated PG. The difference? Maybe a little violence and a womanizing leading man. AP/Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Elsa Guillet-Chapuis/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Still Talking: After 18 years, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) apparently have plenty left to hash out. Despina Spyrou/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Zachary Quinto as Spock, with Chris Pine as Kirk, in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Zade Rosenthal/Courtesy Paramount Pictures hide caption

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A young Sarah Polley and her actor father, Michael Polley, on a long-ago day; the photo is one of many family memories that surface in Stories We Tell, a superb meditation on dramatizing memory from the director of Away from Her. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Light It Up: Director Baz Luhrmann (right, with stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan on the set of The Great Gatsby) brought a lush visual sensibility to a tale whose tone not everyone thinks of as epic. Matt Hart/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Window Dressing: Tony Stark's ongoing Iron Man research involves more than one suit of self-assembling armor. Marvel hide caption

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The Broadway musical Matilda put NPR's Bob Mondello in mind of two other big-budget tuners with plucky kids at the center of the action — and got him thinking about what these shows say about their eras. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story. Kino Lorber hide caption

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