Hushpuppy, the 6-year-old at the center of Beasts of the Southern Wild, is played by Quvenzhane Wallis, who was found by director Benh Zeitlin in a Louisiana elementary school. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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'Beasts': Taking Southern Folklore To The Next Level

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In Brave, Merida goes in search of a spell to get back at her mother, who wants to force her to marry a suitor. Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Pixar's Fast And 'Brave' Female Comedy: 'Delightful'

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In Dark Horse, Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair) meet at a wedding and start a relationship soon after, though not for the most romantic reasons. Jojo Whilden/ hide caption

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In 'Dark Horse,' A Wasted Life Plays Out On Screen

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Charlize Theron plays Queen Ravenna, who literally sucks the life out of female prisoners to keep herself looking young and vibrant. Universal Pictures hide caption

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A 'Snow White' As Bleak As It Is Grimm

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Edward Norton plays a scoutmaster in search of his lost charge in Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom. Focus Features hide caption

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A Wes Anderson 'Kingdom' Full Of Beautiful Imagery

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Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian, anti-Semitic and unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist of The Dictator. Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

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After Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) rises from the grave in the 1970s, 200 years after he was imprisoned, he returns to his ancestral home and befriends his descendants, including David Collins (Gully McGrath). Peter Mountain/Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

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'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Captain America (Chris Evans) join up with Iron Man and the Hulk to save the Earth in The Avengers. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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'The Avengers': A Marvel-Ous Whedonesque Ride

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Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) celebrate their impending nuptials with their families before Violet drops a bomb: She's been accepted at a program at the University of Michigan, and wants to move there and postpone their wedding day. Universal Pictures hide caption

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A 'Five-Year Engagement' Leaves A Bitter Taste

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Fellag, an Algerian comedian, plays the title character in the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, who steps in to teach a class of middle school students after tragedy has struck their classroom. Music Box Films hide caption

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In 'Monsieur Lazhar,' Grief Lingers In The Classroom

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Rachel Weisz plays the adulterous Lady Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea, turning in a performance as luminous as a Pre-Raphaelite portrait. /Music Box Films hide caption

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A Sublime, Impressionistic 'Deep Blue Sea'

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In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her little sister's place in a killing ritual televised to the masses. Lionsgate hide caption

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Acting Trumps Action In A 'Games' Without Horror

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David Edelstein Reviews 'Casa De Mi Padre'

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In Friends With Kids, Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) play two best friends who decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic — so that the baby doesn't interfere with their own romantic relationships. JoJo Whilden/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Friends With' Benefits From Its Complications

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The Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) and the Lorax (Danny DeVito) are surrounded by bar-ba-loots in Truffula Valley in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Universal Pictures hide caption

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'The Lorax': A Campy And Whimsical Seussical

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