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Colin Firth stars as the shy, stammer-prone Albert, Duke of York — the future King George VI — with Helena Bonham Carter as his determinedly optimistic duchess, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and future Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
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Extracurricular Activities: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) skip school to find and destroy a string of magical objects that hold the key to the villainous Lord Voldemort's immortality.
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Post-Grad Slump: Director Lena Dunham stars as Aura, a newly single college grad who returns home and finds work at a local restaurant, where the chef (David Call) becomes the object of her affections.
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Evil Deed: Roxanne Ritchi (left), given voice and sarcasm by Tina Fey, is frequently kidnapped by the self-declared genius villain Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) in his efforts to take over Metro City and antagonize its resident hero.
Untranslatable: Crystal (Kimberly Elise) is trapped in an abusive relationship with Beau Willie (Michael Ealy). In Shange's play, she describes his abuse in a shattering soliloquy. In Perry's film, the soliloquy is cut.
A Plan Problematic: Scoot McNairy stars as Andrew Kaulder, a photographer who must find his way through a quarantined zone inhabited by squidlike extraterrestrials to get out of Mexico and home to the U.S.
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Reluctant Reader: Matt Damon stars as George Lonegan, a psychic who wants to stop doing readings but finds himself intrigued by Hereafter, a book written by Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) after a near-death experience.
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Henry Paulson (former U.S. secretary of the Treasury; from left), Ben Bernanke (chairman of the Federal Reserve)and Timothy Geithner (current Treasury secretary and former president of the Federal Bank of New York) are among the financial-industry veterans featured in Inside Job.
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Geeky Genius: Andrew Garfield, Joseph Mazzello, Jesse Eisenberg and Patrick Mapel play computer nerds who create an incredibly successful social networking site.
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Veteran director Arthur Penn (pictured at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007) died Sept. 28. He was the guiding hand on classic movies including The Miracle Worker and Bonnie and Clyde.
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