'Life During Wartime': Squirm-Worthy Storytelling

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'Get Low' With Robert Duvall

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Spot The Schmuck: Paul Rudd (right) stars as Tim, an ambitious executive tasked with finding a weirdo to bring to his boss's dinner -- for the high-flying hedge-fund types to mock. Steve Carell plays the oddball in question, a bizarre IRS agent who moonlights as a taxidermist. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount hide caption

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A 'Dinner' Invitation You Can Safely Decline

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War Buddy: James reconnects with Raymond (Wilmer Valderrama), an old Army pal, after coming back from Iraq. Maya Entertainment hide caption

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Come Sail Away: Regatta champion Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron, right) loves boating and his little brother, Sam (Charlie Tahan) more than anything. But when tragedy strikes, Charlie's world is turned topsy-turvy. Diyah Pera/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Going Under: Bill Murray continues his streak of tragicomic roles in Get Low, playing an undertaker who gets involved in the life -- and approaching death -- of a mysterious hermit played by Robert Duvall. Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Revolutionary In A Robe: According to Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, the publisher is as much social reformer as he is porn mogul, having championed everything from civil rights to gay rights over the course of a long career. Metaphor Films hide caption

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If You Give A Mouse A Diorama: Steve Carell (right) stars as Barry, an amateur taxidermist who's invited to a strange dinner party by Tim (Paul Rudd), a hedge fund manager on the make. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount hide caption

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Jay Roach, Steve Carell Pair Up For 'Schmucks'

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Getting To Know You: In real life, we usually don't learn about the people who live through (and die in) natural disasters until after the disaster has unfolded. In movies like 2012, that chronology runs in reverse: Filmmakers introduce their characters (divorced dad John Cusack and daughter Morgan Lily, above), then put them through airborne escapes (below) and many other kinds of CGI hell. Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Disasters In Reel Life: It's About Time (And Suspense)

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Boost: Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim may be a touch more tentative than he is in the comics — but when he's called on to combat his new girlfriend's Seven Evil Exes, Cera proves he's got the right kick-ass stuff. Double Negative/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Jonah Hill Crosses Creepy Characters With Comedy

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Imprisoned In Mexico And 'Presumed Guilty'

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Kevin Kline, who has played everyone from Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway to an animated hero in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, takes on the quirky -- and mustached -- role of playwright Henry Harrison in The Extra Man. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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For Kevin Kline, The Beard's (Sometimes) The Thing

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Originality In Dream Sequences A Challenge For Films

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