After 20 years in captivity, Joe (Josh Brolin) is released into the world with a hammer and an appetite for revenge in Oldboy, a Spike Lee remake of the 2003 South Korean film. Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/FilmDistrict hide caption

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A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover

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Dench Makes Resolution In 'Philomena' Worth Waiting For

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Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in a biographical film based on the former South African president's memoir. Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Musician and riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna — formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, now with The Julie Ruin — is the fascinating central figure in the biographical documentary The Punk Singer. Allison Michael Orenstein/Opening Band Films hide caption

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Jacob Latimore (from left), Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker power through the season in Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity, a Christmas movie musical based on Langston Hughes' gospel oratorio. Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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After her Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) traps the kingdom in an endless winter, Anna (Kristen Bell) gathers a gang of offbeat buddies to break the spell. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Solid 'Frozen' Puts A Fresh Sheen On An Old Story

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'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'

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Jennifer Lawrence makes her second appearance as the savvy, steel-spined Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian Hunger Games series. Murray Close/Lionsgate hide caption

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Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

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Effie Trinket taps Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) for the Hunger Games arena again — but this time the rules are different and the stakes are higher as rebellion brews in Panem. Murray Close/Lionsgate hide caption

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In Narco Cultura, director and photojournalist Shaul Schwarz interrogates the collision of pop culture and Mexico's drug cartels — as personified by bands like Los Bukanas de Culiacan (above), who perform narcocorridos, or songs glorifying the drug trade. Shaul Schwarz/Cinedigm hide caption

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Toni Servillo plays a jaded journalist and perpetual partier in The Great Beauty, Italy's submission for the best foreign language film Oscar. Guanni Fiorito/Janus Films hide caption

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'Great Beauty,' 'Narco Cultura': Excess, Succeeding Wildly

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David (Will Forte, left) and his father, Woody (Bruce Dern, center), take time out of their quixotic journey to stop in Woody's small Nebraska hometown — where Woody's old business partner, Ed (Stacy Keach), is still nursing a grudge. Merie W. Wallace/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Across 'Nebraska,' On A Journey That Goes Beyond The Trip

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The film respects Watterson's famous desire for privacy — he's not interviewed — but it does take viewers to the library where the original Calvin artwork is housed. Gravitas Ventures/Submarine Deluxe hide caption

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