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An orphaned Palestinian girl (Freida Pinto) is one of four women whose lives are a lens on the Middle East in Miral. Jose Haro/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Subito Accelerando: After taking an experimental "smart drug," Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) becomes a bona-fide genius, able to finish a long-stalled novel, learn new languages — even compose music. John Baer/Relativity Media hide caption

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A Long, Winding Road: Waris Dirie (played in the biographical drama Desert Flower by Liya Kebede) was discovered by a fashion photographer in London after fleeing her native Somalia to avoid an arranged marriage. Dirie later abandoned a lucrative modeling career to campaign against female genital mutilation. Walter Wehner/National Geographic Entertainment hide caption

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Men Of The Cloth: As Christian and Paul, Lambert Wilson (left) and Jean-Marie Frin play monks who live in the midst of the Algerian civil war. Their lives and relationships are poignantly captured by director Xavier Beauvois. Marie-Julie Maille /Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Mohamad Emran Tapa, the cousin of director Tariq Tapa, plays Dilawar, an aspiring pickpocket. Dilawar, like just about every other young character in Zero Bridge, dreams of leaving Kashmir. The Film Desk hide caption

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Happy Pills? Director Liz Canner's documentary Orgasm Inc., originally intended as a look at the science of pleasure, became an inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry's pursuit of a cause — and a cure — for female sexual dysfunction. First Run Features hide caption

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Dark Matters: Filmmaker Michael Madsen considers the functional and conceptual challenges of Onkalo, a permanent nuclear waste store in Finland — chiefly, how to prevent future civilizations from breaking in before the waste decays. International Film Circuit hide caption

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Vienna-born, Berlin-based filmmaker Feo Aladag spent two years researching cases of domestic abuse before writing When We Leave, her directorial debut. Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a corporate hit man who kills with downright mechanical precision and detachment — until an assignment involving his longtime mentor makes things personal. CBS Films hide caption

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Dark Materials: In Plastic Planet, director Werner Boote interviews scientists (including Austrian environmental analyst Kurt Scheidl, right) to better understand the cultural, environmental and biological effects of plastic production. Thomas Kirschner/First Run Features hide caption

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Extremities: Frantic to prevent his little brother from having to suffer the same traumas he faced as a child himself, Silviu seizes on a visitor (Ada Condeescu) as an escape route. Film Movement hide caption

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When he realizes he's dangerously ill, Uxbal (Javier Bardem) spends some precious time with his daughter Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) -- and reluctantly lets his kids get to know their estranged mother, who's anything but a good influence. Jose Haro/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Shown in April 2001, Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews attend the 10th Annual ELLA Award presentation in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alexander Sibaja/Newsmakers hide caption

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Blake Edwards, Master Of Sophisticated Slapstick

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Still A Player: Jeff Bridges returns to the role of Kevin Flynn, who in an expensive new sequel to 1982's Tron has spent decades trapped in a video game-inspired digital world. Disney Enterprises, Inc. hide caption

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