Aaron Eckhart and Ashley Judd as the president and first lady in Olympus Has Fallen. Phil Caruso/Millennium Films hide caption

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Ginger & Rosa (starring Alice Englert and Elle Fanning) was directed by Sally Potter, who is perhaps best known for her 1992 film Orlando. Sally Potter hide caption

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James Franco stars as the Wizard of Oz before the Wizard meets Dorothy in Oz the Great and Powerful. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Nicole Kidman (left) and Mia Wasikowska star as Evelyn and India Stoker in Park Chan-wook's new thriller. Macall Polay/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Brutus (Salvatore Striano) fixes a wild stare at the witnesses and conspirators after Julius Caesar's murder, in a scene from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die. Adopt Films hide caption

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The documentary The Gatekeepers examines Israeli security policy in interviews with six former heads of the secretive Shin Bet agency. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and her sister, Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse), are near-feral orphans in the horror thriller Mama. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Stationed in a covert base overseas, Maya (Jessica Chastain) is a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives who secretly devote themselves to finding Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. Jonathan Olley/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) begins a journey of personal growth and spiritual discovery after being lost at sea. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker also help round out a team of actors who score a touchdown with the critics. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Daniel Craig stars as the quintessential MI6 agent, James Bond, in Skyfall. The Bond franchise is 50 years old this year. Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Zachry and Meronym are only two of the combined 12 characters Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play in Cloud Atlas. It is a challenge that bests both actors, according to David Edelstein. Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Living most of his life in an iron lung forces Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to see the world from a different point of view. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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CIA agents Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) and Jack O'Donnell (Bryan Cranston) plan a risky mission to save six Americans trapped in Iran. Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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