Short On Guile, Long On Hair: Ned (Paul Rudd), a trusting, open, sweetly innocent farmer, annoys his comparatively guarded sisters, including Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), by always saying exactly what's on his mind. Nicole Rivelli/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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The Two Pinkies: Whether played by Richard Attenborough (left) in 1947 or Sam Riley (right) in 2011, the tough-talking psychopath rests at the depraved moral center of Brighton Rock. He's obsessed with Catholicism — not for heaven, but for hell. Warner Home Video/IFC Films hide caption

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Sibling Revelry: For Nannerl Mozart (Marie Feret), 18th-century Europe was unwelcoming to women with her (according to the film) considerable gifts. Therefore, Wolfgang (David Moreau), her younger brother, became the pride of the Mozart family. Sylvain Bonniol/Music Box Films hide caption

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Taking A Stand: Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a police officer who moves to Bosnia to work with the United Nations, makes the decision to speak out against the moral turpitude of her fellow peacekeepers. Director Larysa Kondracki commits wholesale to a straightforward heroes-and-villains approach. Andrei Alexandru/Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Love, Sick: Cal (Steve Carell) gets thrown into hapless bachelorhood when he discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. Even as he gradually eases back into the single life, he still pines for the stability (and woman) he once thought he had. Warner Brothers hide caption

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En Pointe: Nurse-trainee Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is on the run for much of Point Blank, which finds him outmaneuvering (and eventually succumbing to) bad guys as a consequence of saving a mysterious man's life. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Ice Cube's first-ever acting role was as troublemaker Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood. Bob Mondello says the film portrayed a side of L.A. that mainstream Hollywood was too afraid to show. Sony Pictures hide caption

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What's Next? Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, left) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) will soon discover that finding Horcruxes isn't half as demanding or soul-sucking as finding a job. Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

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Hollywood history is littered with cautionary tales about corporate takeovers of outer space, but in 2001: A Space Odyssey, things looked oddly familiar: Interstellar travelers flew Pan Am and stayed in Hilton hotels. MGM hide caption

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The X-Men franchise released its fifth film this year. X-Men: First Class stars Caleb Landry Jones (from left), James McAvoy, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till. Murray Close/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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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

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