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'Hugo:' A Dazzling 3-D Display Of Movie Magic

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Island Son: George Clooney (left, with Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) navigates tricky territory as a Hawaii man whose wife is on life support. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'The Descendants': In Paradise, A Stranger To Himself

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Kirsten Dunst's well-planned wedding takes place as a planet called Melancholia heads directly towards Earth. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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As The World Ends, A Certain 'Melancholia' Sets In

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In Drake Doremus' drama Like Crazy, the love-struck Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones) are forced to separate when Anna violates the terms of her student visa. Fred Hayes/Paramount Vantage hide caption

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'Crazy' In Love, And Feeling Every Moment Of It

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Rhys Ifans plays the Elizabethan aristocrat Edward de Vere in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. The movie speculates that de Vere, not Shakespeare, was the real author of the bard's works.

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Shakespeare, Thompson: Stick To The Print Versions

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Kevin Spacey gives "a major performance, his best in a decade," as a Wall Street executive trying to do the right thing in the middle of a financial panic.

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'Margin Call': A Movie Occupied With Wall Street

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Vera (Elena Anaya) is both patient and obsession for plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), who is bent on creating a synthetic skin that can resist any kind of damage.

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Almodovar Gets Under The 'Skin,' But How Deeply?

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Ryan Gosling plays a cheeky campaign press secretary facing a scandal that could destroy his candidate.

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'Ides Of March': These Days, All Politics Is Lowball

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Dark Skies: Jeff Nichols' haunting Take Shelter centers on an Ohio man (Michael Shannon, with Tova Stewart) plagued with nightmares about a coming apocalypse. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

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Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, in the movie Moneyball. Sony Pictures hide caption

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'Moneyball': A 'Bad News Bears' For MBAs

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The Fast Lane: A Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) earns a little extra by driving getaway cars by night. Richard Foreman/FilmDistrict hide caption

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A Twisty, Brutal 'Drive' For A Level-Headed Hero

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Vera Farmiga plays Corinne Walker, a woman who decides to join and then flee a fundamentalist religious group. The film, directed by Farmiga, is based on Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World. Molly Hawkey/Sony Picture Classics hide caption

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A Graceful Search For 'Higher Ground'

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Pedro da Silva, an orphaned boy trying to uncover his family history, appears in two different incarnations in Mysteries Of Lisbon (including Afonso Pimentel as his older self). He stages all of the events of the film on his own puppet stage, forcing viewers to question what's real and what isn't. Music Box Films hide caption

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Four Hours In 'Lisbon': A Rich And Dreamy Voyage

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Bryce Dallas Howard (from left), Sissy Spacek and Octavia Spencer star in The Help, based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett. Dale Robinette/Dreamworks Pictures hide caption

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Heavy-Handed 'Help' Saved By Great Acting

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Olivia Wilde stars as an elusive traveler, and Daniel Craig plays a stranger with no memory of his past in the sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens. Zade Rosenthal/Universal Studios hide caption

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When Aliens 'Attack' And Fight 'Cowboys'

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