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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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