Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins reviews movies for NPR.org, as well as for reeldc.com, which covers the Washington, D.C., film scene with an emphasis on art, foreign and repertory cinema.

Fiona Gordon (left) plays a woman who claims to be a fairy and promises three wishes to hotel night clerk Dom (Domininque Abel). Gordon and Abel are two of the three co-writer-directors of The Fairy. Laurent Thurin-Nal/Kino Lorber hide caption

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Insurance agent and bourgeois pedophile Michael (Michael Fuith) takes Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger), the 10-year-old boy he's holding captive, on a rare trip outside. Strand Releasing hide caption

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Strand Releasing

A rural farmer (Janos Derzsi) sits in the void-like darkness of his single-room farmhouse in The Turin Horse. Cinema Guild hide caption

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British architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster and Partners designed the curved glass skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe, known informally as the Gherkin, that overlooks east London. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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After their last residents had left, the 33 buildings at Pruitt-Igoe were demolished in the mid-1970s. State Historical Society of Missouri/First Run Features hide caption

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Family Tradition: Richard Garriott, the first second-generation American astronaut, funded his $30 million trip to the International Space Station from the fortune he built designing computer games. First Run Features hide caption

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Suit Case: After taking refuge in a New York apartment building basement, Josh (Milo Ventimiglia) and other survivors of a massive attack combat threats from the outside — and their own spiraling paranoia. Anchor Bay Films hide caption

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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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During the early-'90s war in what was then Yugoslavia, a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic, right) and a Bosnian painter (Zana Marjanovic) negotiate boundaries personal and political. Dean Semler/FilmDistrict hide caption

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Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, the dark heroine of the American movie adaption of the Swedish novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Merrick Morton/Sony Pictures hide caption

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'My Woman-Interpreter': Stephane (Gilles Lellouche) knows the markets, but turns to his lively housekeeper, France (Karin Viard), for perspective on dating — and raising his son. IFC Films hide caption

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