Ella Taylor Ella Taylor is a free-lance film critic, book reviewer and feature writer living in Los Angeles.
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Filmmaker Jafar Panahi, banned from making films and placed under house arrest by the Iranian government, invites friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb to follow him and shoot something that's not a film. Palisades Tartan hide caption

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Palisades Tartan

Dryn (Konstantin Balakirev, left), Fred (Maksim Matveev), and Bob (Igor Voynarovsky) rebel against the cultural norms in the Soviet Union of the '50s, adopting colorful clothing, hairstyles and a mode of living that earned them the derogatory moniker stilyagi, or "stylish people." Leisure Time Features hide caption

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Leisure Time Features

In isolated Barrow, Alaska, a fight between three boys over a girl turns violent, leaving Aivaaq (Frank Qutuq Irelan, left) and Qalli (Josiah Patkotak) with a secret that tests the bonds of their friendship. Silverwood Films hide caption

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Silverwood Films

Sewage worker Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz, right) and Krystyna Chiger (Milla Bankowicz) peek from their underground hideaway in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. Jasmin Marla Dichant/Sony Classics hide caption

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Arctic Heart-Warmer: Environmental activist Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) reaches out to one of the whales blocked from migrating south in Big Miracle. Darren Michaels/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Star-Crossed: Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim play Romeo and Juliette, new parents facing daily adversity when their son shows troubling health symptoms. IFC Films hide caption

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IFC Films

In From The Cold: George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is a career spy who's been forced out at Britain's MI6 — only to be called in to investigate when there's news of a traitor in the ranks. Jack English/Focus Features hide caption

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Petro-baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky — once reckoned the wealthiest man in Russia — saw his empire collapse after Vladimir Putin's government alleged tax fraud. Lala Films hide caption

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Lala Films

Is This Thing On? Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get far trying to make sense of the FBI's founding director in J. Edgar. Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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