Orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield and his vivacious new friend Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) marvel at the magic of the motion picture in Hugo. Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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

A young orphan stumbles on a mystery while living in a Paris train station.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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