In the Lord of the Rings films, director Peter Jackson fused computer-generated images with motion-capture footage of actor Andy Serkis to create the decidedly nonhuman Gollum. New Line Cinema hide caption

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Actress Anika Noni Rose provides the voice for Princess Tiana, Disney's first black princess, in the movie The Princess and the Frog. Despite the film, many critics question how far the studio has progressed in how it handles race on the big screen. Benkey/JPegFoto/PictureGroup/AP hide caption

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Free All That You Can Be: George Clooney and Kevin Spacey starred in The Men Who Stare at Goats. The film's tone, as Ronson told NPR's Guy Raz in November, is much more humanistic and warm-hearted than his book — "like Little Miss Sunshine Goes to War." Laura Macgruder hide caption

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Summer Hours: With the spotlight on holiday blockbusters, you may have forgotten this late-spring gem. Last May, David Edelstein called Olivier Assayas' film "the most elegant movie imaginable about the changes wrought by globalization." Now he's calling it No 1. Jeannick Gravelines/IFC Films hide caption

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Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. hide caption

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Fierce Creatures: A Na'vi warrior races into battle on a thanator — one of dozens of plants and animals created, and painstakingly cataloged, by the creators of the new sci-fi epic Avatar. WETA hide caption

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Day-Lewis has won two leading-actor Oscars, for 1989's My Left Foot and for 2007's There Will Be Blood. Munawar Hosain/Getty hide caption

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In Crazy Heart, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a washed-up, alcoholic country singer who has been reduced to playing in bowling alleys and dive bars — but he can still put on a great show. When he's on stage, "that's his throne," Bridges says. Lorey Sebastian/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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