Boy, Wonder: In a Hollywood that's increasingly in the business of telling kids' stories to adults, even an auteur as bloody-minded as Martin Scorsese gave in to the temptation of the childlike in this year's Hugo. Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount hide caption

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'Pina': German filmmaker Wim Wenders' 3-D dance documentary is a homage to influential German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Donata Wenders/Neue Road Movies hide caption

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A Complex 'Separation' In Iran

The writer/director of a widely acclaimed Iranian drama talks about the broader social conflicts that shed light on a family story taking place largely in a small apartment.

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The Great Divides: Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) are at odds first about whether to leave Iran for life abroad — and then about more urgent issues yet. Habib Madjidi /Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'A Separation': In Tehran, Houses And Hearts Divided

Asghar Farhadi's film is a beautifully crafted, fascinating thing, both as a portrait of modern Iranian society and as a twisty family drama. (Recommended)

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An international police force (of puppets) is tasked with saving the world in Team America, the 2004 movie from the creators of South Park. Melinda Sue Gordon/AP/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Adepero Oduye planned to be a doctor, but after her father died suddenly, she decided to change course and pursue an acting career. Focus Features hide caption

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Alike (Adepero Oduye) navigates her complex relationships at school and at home in the new film Pariah. Focus Features hide caption

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