Despite its dark themes (slavery and the Civil War are hardly feel-good topics), Lincoln, like other Oscar nominees, has done very well at the box office. Disney has spent about $10 million campaigning for the best-picture prize, hoping for a payoff down the line. DreamWorks hide caption

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Despite Dark Themes, A Big Oscar Bounce
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As dockworker Terry Malloy in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, a young Marlon Brando firmly established himself as a leading Hollywood icon. Criterion Collection hide caption

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Home Video Review: 'On The Waterfront'
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Brash ad man Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) brings a youthful, positive energy to a campaign aimed at ousting a dictator in the political drama No. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Say Yes To 'No': Retro Political Thriller Packs A Timely Punch
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An overextended Sandy (Jason Bateman) must prevent the raunchy Diana (Melissa McCarthy) from continuing to use his identity as a financial crutch in Identity Thief. Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Identity Thief': Nearly Two Hours, Stolen
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In the Romeo and Juliet-inspired Warm Bodies, a zombie known only as R (Nicholas Hoult) falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer), who's still human. Jan Thijs/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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In Prison And Among Zombies, Shakespeare's Reflection Shines
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Buster Keaton, aka "The Great Stone Face," brought side-splitting comedy to the silent-screen era. Here, he's pictured in 1924's The Navigator. Kino Lorber hide caption

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Home Video Review: 'Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection'
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Richard (Mark McKinney) and Sanjay (Colm Feore) get up close and personal in the zany backstage comedy Slings and Arrows. Ken Woroner/Acorn Media hide caption

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Home Video Review: 'Slings And Arrows'
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'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' Lead Oscar Nominations
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Joe (Bruce Willis) fights a younger version of himself in Looper. Alan Markfield/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Home Video Review: 'Looper'
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Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman), Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) show that nothing can stand in the way of young love in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Niko Tavernise/Focus Features hide caption

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Bob Mondello's Best Movies Of 2012
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CIA operative Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler) discusses a sensitive operation with Dan (Jason Clarke). Jonathan Olley/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Shedding Grim Light On A 'Dark' Story
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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) takes a fantastic adventure across Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's prequel to his Lord of the Rings trilogy. James Fisher/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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A 'Hobbit,' Off On His Unhurried Journey
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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the Writer's Guild Awards in Beverly Hills in 1998. Ron Wolfson/Landov hide caption

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Hollywood Heights: The Ups, Downs And In-Betweens
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Peter O'Toole was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the titular Lawrence of Arabia. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment hide caption

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Home Video Review: 'Lawrence Of Arabia' On Blu-Ray
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For The Holiday Movie Season, Seriousness And Songs
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