Penguins of Madagascar follows a spy team of penguins, who first appeared in the film series Madagascar, as they work to stymie an evil octopus' plan to take over the world. DreamWorks Animation hide caption

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"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers. Dawn Jones/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays British mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. "You're not asked to like the character," Cumberbatch says. "You're introduced to him, warts and all." Black Bear Pictures hide caption

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"My hope has always been to make movies with people of color in them but tell stories that are universal," says Gina Prince-Bythewood. Suzanne Tenner/Blackbird Productions hide caption

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Rosewater is Jon Stewart's directorial debut. He filmed much of the movie in Jordan, and he says he grew a beard because after wearing a suit and shaving for most of his career, he wanted to let his "freak flag fly." Laith Majali /Courtesy of Open Road Films hide caption

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Over a span of six decades, Doris Payne has stolen some $2 million in jewels. She is the subject of a new documentary called The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne: A Tale of Carats, Cons and Creating Your Own American Dream. Courtesy of Treehouse Moving Images hide caption

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In Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are part of a team of explorers who have identified several potentially habitable planets accessible via wormhole. Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Adam Driver starred in Tracks, This Is Where I Leave You and What If — all out this year. He says there are surprising similarities between two of his other biggest roles, on HBO's Girls and in the new Star Wars film. "If you think about breaking it down into moments ... and making them make sense as much as possible, it's actually not that far off," he says. Terry Richardson. hide caption

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When Nightcrawler begins, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stealing scrap metal and struggling to get by. He lands a job as a stringer — a freelance cameraman for a local news station. Chuck Zlotnick/Open Road Films hide caption

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Jean-Luc Godard's dog, Roxy, is prominently featured in Goodbye to Language, wandering through the countryside, conversing with the lake and the river. Kino Lorber Inc. hide caption

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James Ellroy's novels include The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere and, most recently, Perfidia. He lives in Los Angeles, the setting for much of his work. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

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Paul Wong (Harry Shum, Jr.) leads the Green Dragons, a young, Asian-American gang that trafficked Chinese immigrants into the U.S. with help from the so-called "Snakehead Mama" (Eugenia Yuan). Courtesy of A24 Films hide caption

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In Birdman, Ed Norton (right) plays a talented but pretentious actor in a Broadway play being directed by an actor he disrespects (Michael Keaton, left) for having starred in a series of Birdman superhero films. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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