'Heat' Stroke: The genius of this buddy-cop comedy is in its pairing of Sandra Bullock (left, as a by-the-book process nerd of an FBI suit) with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a sloppy Boston detective with no patience for procedure. Gemma La Mana/Fox hide caption

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Sandra Bullock (left) plays an FBI special agent whose usual composure gets ruffled when she's paired with a Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) with little patience for procedure. Gemma La Mana/Fox hide caption

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As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test. Breaking Glass Pictures hide caption

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When their aircraft develops mechanical trouble, three flight attendants — Fajas (Carlos Areces), Ulloa (Raul Arevalo) and Joserra (Javier Camara) — set out to put passengers at ease ... using some unorthodox methods. Sony Classics hide caption

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Clara (Gemma Arterton) is the elder — but not necessarily the most responsible — of a mother-daughter pair of "sucreants," or blood-drinking immortals some call vampires, in Neil Jordan's Byzantium. Christopher Raphael/IFC Films hide caption

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Bobby Sommer is Johann, an "invisible" Vienna museum guard who becomes profoundly connected to a frequent visitor after she starts to take notice of him. Cinema Guild hide caption

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Saoirse Ronan plays Eleanor, an ancient (and uncharacteristically ethical) vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium. IFC Films hide caption

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In Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring, about the excesses of Los Angeles materialism, Emma Watson plays narcissistic party girl Nicki. Merrick Morton/A24 hide caption

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Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) puts his past as a U.N. investigator to work again when he and his family — not to mention the rest of the planet — are threatened by a zombie apocalypse. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Gemma Arterton plays Elizabeth, the director of a senior citizens' choir that provides an outlet for curmudgeon retiree Arthur (Terence Stamp) and his wife, Marion, who's battling cancer. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Ali Suliman, noted for his role in the Oscar-nominated film Paradise Now, plays Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli surgeon whose world is rocked in the wake of a Tel Aviv bombing. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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