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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An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding
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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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'Moneyball': A 'Bad News Bears' For MBAs
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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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A Twisty, Brutal 'Drive' For A Level-Headed Hero
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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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A Graceful Search For 'Higher Ground'
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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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Four Hours In 'Lisbon': A Rich And Dreamy Voyage
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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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Heavy-Handed 'Help' Saved By Great Acting
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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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When Aliens 'Attack' And Fight 'Cowboys'
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Captain America (Chris Evans, center) was actually the first Marvel avenger, conceived in 1940 to do battle with Hitler. Jay Maidment/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Captain America': Nostalgic Fun, With Muscles
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Hallowed Ground: Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint) prepare to meet their destinies at Hogwarts. After eight films, billions of dollars and appearances from seemingly every British thespian, the Harry Potter series has rarely felt so resonant as in its final chapter. Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Brothers hide caption

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'Hallows' Part 2 Works Like A Patronus Charm
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In the early 1970s, a chimpanzee named Nim was plucked from his mother's arms and transported into human homes in the hopes that he would learn sign language and open a window into ape thoughts. Harry Benson/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Project Nim': Monkeying Around With A Chimp
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Need A Lift?: In the humble but happy Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks is a middle-aged salesman who goes back to college, where he enrolls in a class taught by Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). Bruce Talamon/Universal Studios hide caption

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'Crowne' And 'Transformers': Fitting For The Fourth
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Middle-school "educator" Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) favors short skirts and stilettos — and enlists her students to hold a car wash raising funds for her breast implants. Gemma LaMana/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Class Is Dismissed: 'Bad Teacher' Is Crude, But Fun
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As a child, Buck Brannaman was badly abused by his father. Cindy Meehl's documentary, Buck, tells the story of how Brannaman overcame his troubled childhood and become the inspiration for the book and movie The Horse Whisperer. Emily Knight/IFC Films hide caption

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'Buck': A Horse Whisperer Wrangles His Dark Past
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'Super' 4: Gabriel Basso (left), Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths play teenagers shooting a homemade movie when a spectacular crash draws them into a world they weren't supposed to know about. Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Super 8': Close Encounters Of The 'E.T.' Kind
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Melanie Laurent plays Ewan McGregor's whimsical partner, Anna, in Beginners. Focus Features hide caption

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'Beginners': A Marvelously Inventive Comedy
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