Getting To Know You: In real life, we usually don't learn about the people who live through (and die in) natural disasters until after the disaster has unfolded. In movies like 2012, that chronology runs in reverse: Filmmakers introduce their characters (divorced dad John Cusack and daughter Morgan Lily, above), then put them through airborne escapes (below) and many other kinds of CGI hell. Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Disasters In Reel Life: It's About Time (And Suspense)

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The Lost Art Of Credit Sequences

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Gay Marriage A Human Rights Issue In Argentina

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Mother Knows Best: Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as beleaguered parents in the best-reviewed family film of the summer, The Kids Are All Right. Suzanne Tenner/Focus Features hide caption

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We Are Family: Two Moms, A Baster And A Baddie

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Burn Notice: Noomi Rapace returns as Lisbeth Salander, a gifted hacker on the run from the law. Rapace won numerous awards for her portrayal of Salander in the first installment of the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Music Box Films hide caption

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That Girl, Still Playing With Fire (And Getting Burned)

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Pick Me, Pick Me! Much of the humor in Despicable Me is derived from these little corn puff-shaped creatures, and their ill-fated attempts at mischief. hide caption

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'Despicable Me': Oddly Adorable

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Want Your Bad Romance: Tortured lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart), still human for the moment, and Edward (Robert Pattinson), still a vampire, are at it again in the latest installment of the Twilight mega-franchise. Kimberley French/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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'Eclipse': Love In The Time Of Lycanthropy

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The Odd Couple: Filmmaker Oliver Stone (left) caused quite a stir at the Venice Film Festival when he invited Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — and an attendant posse of security guards — to the premiere of his documentary South Of The Border. Jose Ibanez hide caption

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Mommy In The Middle: Sparks fly between Molly (Marisa Tomei) and John (John C. Reilly, right) in Cyrus. But before John can win Molly's heart, he'll have to win over her jealous son (Jonah Hill). Chuck Zlotnick/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Cyrus': A Loose, Low-Key Kind Of Crazy

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Ben Kingsley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Richard Coyle in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. Andrew Cooper, SMPSP/Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Swords And Sandals: The New Sons Of Hercules

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Peeling Away The Plastic: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work goes beneath the plastic surgery, vulgar jokes and red carpet gossip while following the comedian for a year. Seth Keal/IFC Films hide caption

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'Joan Rivers': Uncut And Unvarnished

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Here Comes The Boogeyman? The documentary Cropsey looks into the mysterious case of five missing Staten Island children — and asks whether Andre Rand, the man convicted of one girl's murder, was really behind them. Tony Carranante/Staten Island Advance hide caption

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Finding The Summer Movies That Are (Well) Off The Beaten Path

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Love On The Run: Natasha (Barbara Mori) and J. (Hrithik Roshan) spend much of Kites on the run from her gangster fiance — and fall for each other in the process. Reliance BIG Entertainment hide caption

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With 'Kites,' Bollywood Looks To Vegas For A Lift

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