Old Joe (Bruce Willis) and his younger self (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), two iterations of the same assassin, play a particularly personal game of cat and mouse in the time-travel thriller Looper. Alan Markfield/Sony Pictures hide caption

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'Looper': Time-Travel Nonsense, Winningly Played

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Charlie (Logan Lerman), Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) navigate the joys and pains of high school in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. John Bramley/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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The Art Of Preserving A High School 'Wallflower'

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Joaquin Phoenix stars as Navy veteran Freddie Quell in The Master. Phil Bray/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

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Party Animals: Lizzy Caplan (from left), Isla Fisher and Kirsten Dunst play the brazen bridesmaids who make trouble for bride-to-be Becky (Rebel Wilson) in Bachelorette. Radius-TWC hide caption

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'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths

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In Hope Springs, Kay (Meryl Streep) forces Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) into a week of couples therapy after she gets tired of — among other things — sleeping in separate bedrooms. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures hide caption

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60 And Sexless, But 'Hope Springs' Eternal

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A Dallas hard-luck case (Emile Hirsch, left) hires a corrupt cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his estranged mother when he hears about her rich insurance policy. Needless to say, the plot of Killer Joe doesn't quite work out as planned. Skip Bolen/LD Entertainment hide caption

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Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

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The Dark Knight Rises begins eight years after The Dark Knight, with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) living a reclusive life at his mansion alongside Alfred (Michael Caine). The movie is the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Ron Phillips/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Sarah Steele, Anna Paquin and Matthew Broderick in Margaret. The DVD release of Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed second film includes the theatrical version and an extended 186-minute cut. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Margaret': The Tortured Journey Of A Girl, On Screen

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In Savages, the love triangle among Chon (Taylor Kitsch), O (Blake Lively) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) is disrupted when O is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. Francois Duhamel/Universal Studios hide caption

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'Savages': A Violent, Drug-Induced High

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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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