Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Mission Force go to great heights to combat the threat of a nuclear confrontation in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) goes undercover in Hungary to find out more about a possible Russian spy within the U.K.'s secret intelligence agency. Focus Features hide caption

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Fassbender's Carl Jung — Sigmund Freud's protege — struggles to reconcile theory and practice in A Dangerous Method. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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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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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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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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