During World War II, Louis Zamperini spent 47 days stranded in shark-infested waters before he was rescued by Japanese soldiers and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Timothy Spall says he had to use a lot of empathy to play a character like Mr. Turner, who wasn't always "very pleasant" and was a "man of massive contradictions." Simon Mein/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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A still from the art film #Blackmendream. The film features nine men, turned away from the camera and talking about their hopes and fears. Courtesy artist hide caption

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Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private investigator with a pot-smoking habit, in Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Michael Muller/Warner Brother Pictures hide caption

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Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello — a private investigator with a pot smoking habit — in Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Wilson Webb/Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

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Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, plays little orphan Annie in the new film adaptation of the 1977 musical. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures Entertainment hide caption

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Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, a film about a standup comedian who is trying to reshape his career. Ali Paige Goldstein/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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In Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix (left) plays a burned-out hippie private eye, while Josh Brolin is a Los Angeles Police Department detective --€” Lt. Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen --€” who is investigating a murder and kidnapping case. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment hide caption

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; Charles Dance plays Commander Denniston. Director Morten Tyldum says the movie is set up like a mystery — "like a puzzle you're piecing together." Jack English/Black Bear Pictures hide caption

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In an independent, Australian film, a single mother (Essie Davis) and her troubled young son (Noah Wiseman) are terrorized by a mysterious character from a children's book called Mister Babdook. Matt Nettheim/Causeway Films hide caption

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Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech in The Imitation Game. Jack English/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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