Dangerous Duo: Tahar Rahim (left) plays an illiterate Arab who is coaxed into killing a fellow inmate by a Corsican gang leader. Niels Arestrup (right) plays his dangerous and violent "mentor." Roger Arpajou/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Behind Bars, Lessons In Life, Death And Freedom

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In The Ghost Writer, Pierce Brosnan plays a former British prime minister under siege from his wife, the press, and the courts. Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Two Movie Islands, One Worth Visiting

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In From Paris With Love, John Travolta plays a CIA agent sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (right) plays his diplomat partner. Rico Torres hide caption

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'Love' American Style: In Paris, Travolta Takes Names

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The Fury Of Revelation: Mel Gibson plays a police detective out to solve the murder of his only daughter — and unearthing corporate cover-ups and government conspiracies in the process. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Mad Mel, Approaching The 'Edge Of Darkness' Again

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Heart Of The Matter: Actor Brendan Fraser (with Diego Velazquez) plays John Crowley, whose American dream shatters when his children are diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. CBS Films hide caption

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'Extraordinary Measures': The Least A Father Can Do

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First-time actress Katie Jarvis plays 15-year-old Mia, a confused and troubled teen. Critic David Edelstein says casting a nonactor can sometimes be just a stunt — but director Andrea Arnold hit the jackpot with Jarvis. IFC/IFC hide caption

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'Fish Tank': A Teen Adrift In A Tough London Suburb

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French Twist: As Nick Twisp, Michael Cera (with Portia Doubleday, right) confronts the usual teen sexual insecurities. He just has a Gallic alter-ego to help. Chuy Chavez/Dimension Films hide caption

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A Revolting 'Youth,' With A Surprising Charm

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Summer Hours: With the spotlight on holiday blockbusters, you may have forgotten this late-spring gem. Last May, David Edelstein called Olivier Assayas' film "the most elegant movie imaginable about the changes wrought by globalization." Now he's calling it No 1. Jeannick Gravelines/IFC Films hide caption

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When 10 Won't Do: David Edelstein's Top 13 Films

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Just Look At Yourself: Adventurer Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) meets the avatar he'll be inhabiting on the moon Pandora. Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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'Avatar': Cameron's Dizzying, Immersive Parable

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Jackson's 'Bones': The Furthest Thing From Lovely

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"Talk To Me": Communication doesn't come easy when a traumatized Marine (Tobey Maguire) returns home to the wife (Natalie Portman) and family who'd given him up for dead. Lorey Sebastian/Lionsgate hide caption

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'Brothers': Family Ties, Unraveling In Wartime

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The Will To Survive: In a post-apocalyptic landscape where starving humans resort to cannibalism, a father (Viggo Mortensen) has one goal: to keep his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) alive — both fed and uneaten. Macall Polay/Dimension Films hide caption

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At The End Of The World, Another 'Road' To Trudge

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A 'New Moon' Destined For A Quick Eclipse

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The (Surprisingly) Real Feel of 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

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