Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) become the targets of a drug cartel in End of Watch. Scott Garfield/Open Road Films hide caption

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Bullets And Buddies On The Streets Of South Central
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Actors Bradley Cooper (left), Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Tucker speak onstage at Silver Linings Playbook press conference Sept. 9 during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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'Playbook' Beats Out Heavy Hitters For Toronto Award
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Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and Paul (Zachary Booth) meet through a phone hookup service, but end up moving in together and pursuing a passionate, long-term relationship. Music Box Films hide caption

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'Keep The Lights On': Nuanced Take On Doomed Love
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Ben Affleck directed and stars in Argo. Claire Folger/Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

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Fall Movie Preview: Bob Mondello Looks Ahead
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Bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself carrying a package that leads to a perilous chase. Sarah Shatz/Sony Pictures hide caption

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'Rush' Job: A Wily Courier Navigates New York's Maze
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Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, arrives to announce his choice of running mate aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 11. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything
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Justin Bieber was raised in Stratford, Ontario. When he returned to the town and played at his old busking spot outside the Avon Theatre, NPR's Bob Mondello was sitting six blocks away, oblivious. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images hide caption

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Henry Hall prays to the heavens in 1934's Our Daily Bread. King Vidor's film about a farmers collective living through a drought was made during one of the country's most catastrophic dry spells. United Artists/Photofest hide caption

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In Times Of Drought, Movies Show Tenacity Of Life
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The Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is the main venue for the town's annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The town lies on the Avon River — just like Shakespeare's British birthplace — and had schools named after Romeo and Juliet before the festival started in 1953. Richard Bain/Stratford Shakespeare Festival hide caption

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Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb
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Jeremy Renner stars in The Bourne Legacy, the latest in a franchise previously fronted by Matt Damon. But when an actor departs a Hollywood cash cow, it can be less a death knell than a chance for rejuvenation. Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Franchises Age, But Their Stars Stay Forever Young
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Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. The final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which began with Batman Begins in 2005, deals explicitly with our contemporary political times. Ron Phillips/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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In Troubled Times, A 'Dark Knight' Returns
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Ice Age: Continental Drift, which comes out July 13, is the fourth film in the animated franchise. Since Toy Story marked the beginning of the era of entirely computer-animated films, they've been a studio's safest bet for big earnings at the box office and beyond. Blue Sky Studios & 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Looking For The Megabucks? Think Megapixels
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Andrew Garfield stars in The Amazing Spider-Man, in which the nerdy, web-slinging superhero gets an overhauled origin story. Jaimie Trueblood/Sony Pictures hide caption

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A Lanky Teenager On The Path To (Super) Power
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Ted (voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) and Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) share a laugh in Ted. The talking teddy bear got his powers when 8-year-old Johnny wished upon a falling star for Ted to speak. Universal Pictures/Tippett Studio hide caption

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A Boy And His Bear, At Large In A Man's World
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