When Walls Come Down: In Nine, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Guido Contini, a famous film director struggling with writer's block — and looking for inspiration in the assortment of women who have shaped his life. David James/Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Meryl Streep plays Julia Child in writer-director Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia. Though Streep shines as Child, the film's rendering of blogger Julie Powell ultimately distracts. Jonathan Wenk hide caption

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