Checkmate: In addition to achieving fluency in French, Kline also had to brush up on his chess skills. "I can now predict four or five moves ahead; I can see that I'm going to lose much sooner," he jokes. Patrick Glaize/Studio Canal/Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Filmmaker Robin Hessman (right), who spent eight years living in Russia in the 1990s, returned in 2004 to film her documentary about the country's turbulent shift toward democracy. Red Square Productions hide caption

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Comic book nerd Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) encounters an alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) after traveling to America for Comic-Con. Double Negative/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Win Win questions just how far small-town lawyer and high school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti, left) will go to ensure a winning team. He has taken in a client's grandson (Alex Shaffer) — a talented but troubled teen. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan star in Tom McCarthy's new film Win Win. Kimberly Wright/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Mikael Persbrandt stars in Susanne Bier's In A Better World as a doctor struggling both with his work in a strife-plagued refugee camp and with his relationships (Trine Dyrholm plays his wife) at home in Denmark. Per Arnesen/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Lambert Wilson as Brother Christian in Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men. Marie-Julie Maille /Why Not Productions/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Sam Chwat worked for three months with Robert De Niro (pictured) before filming started on the 1991 Martin Scorsese film Cape Fear. Universal/Photofest hide caption

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A still from Kick-In, a 1922 melodrama about a thief trying to go straight despite police harassment. Kick-In is one of 10 silent films digitally restored and returned by Russia's Gosfilmofond archive. Library of Congress hide caption

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