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.

Unlocked Baggage: In Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is writing an article about a historical atrocity as she and her husband move into one of the properties where it took place. The film's obvious script spells out the situational irony a bit too cleanly. Julien Bonet/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Dancing With Elephants: Svetlana Geier, a Ukranian fluent in German, survived the reigns of both Stalin and Hitler. She channeled her grim past into a career translating Feodor Dostoevsky's dense classics, like Crime and Punishment. Cinema Guild hide caption

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The Story Of Her Life: Joyce McKinney's scheme to deprogram Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson involved her tracking him to England, shackling him to a bed and burning his "magic underwear." In their race to keep up with her exploits, the gossip rags of the day rewrote the rules on tabloid journalism. Sundance Selects hide caption

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Stomp The Yards: Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein turned neighborhood rabble-rouser to take on Brooklyn's proposed Atlantic Yards project, which would have demolished his condo to make room for 16 skyscrapers and a new basketball arena. Tracy Collins/Rumur hide caption

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A Prodigal Girlfriend: Opportunistic beauty Peiru (Shu Qi) exploits Beijing policeman Zhendong (Liu Ye) financially and emotionally, only to discover — too late? — that she's in love with him. China Lion Films hide caption

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Honor among 'Assassins': A one-time student (Tsuyoshi Ihara, left) and a young warrior-in-training (Masataka Kubota) join the former's teacher, Shinzaemon, in a quest to rid 19th-century Japan of a sadistic warlord. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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Until proven guilty: Charged with treason and tried by a military tribunal in the Lincoln assassination plot, Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is defended in court by former Union soldier Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy). Claudette Barius/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Sugar and spice: Raised in a remote cabin in Finland, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is fluent in multiple languages — and fighting styles. But though she can dispatch spies and assassins with ease, there's a lot she doesn't know about the world. Alex Bailey/Focus Features hide caption

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The Old Block, Chipping: Three generations of the Ponce family — including Reyna, a young acrobat who grew up in the family business — make up the venerable but vulnerable Gran Circo de Mexico. First Run Features hide caption

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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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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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