Ella Taylor Ella Taylor is a free-lance film critic, book reviewer and feature writer living in Los Angeles.

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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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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Good Boy, Bad Boy: Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus and his son Jack are part of one family profiled in The Other F Word. Hoppus' experience with divorced parents both triggered his punk-rock passion and made him want to be a good father. Oscilloscope Pictures hide caption

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Former CIA agent Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) and FBI rookie Ben Geary (Topher Grace) team up to uncover the investigate the murder of a U.S. senator.

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Elizabeth Olsen (left) plays Martha — or is she Marcy? May or Marlene? — a strained and strange young woman who has fled a cult's rural commune to take refuge with her sister (Sarah Paulson).

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Constant 'Garden'-er: A diligent mom (Julia Roberts, with Cayden Boyd) struggles to hold together a family dominated by an overbearing father and rocked over the years by conflict and tragedy.

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Broomfield, who moved to Palin's hometown of Wasilla, AK, while making the film, was ultimately unable to secure an interview with the former Republican vice-presidential candidate — so he appears with a cardboard stand-up of her in his documentary. Freestyle Releasing hide caption

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A criminally underused Christina Hendricks (right) plays Kate's best mate. Craig Blankenhorn/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Art's Sake: Dominic "Dom" Fredianelli is the linchpin of a group of young Michigan men who go off to war — and return home bearing its scars — in Where Soldiers Come From. An art student at Finlandia University, Fredianelli channeled his experiences into a massive mural in his hometown. Justin Hennard/Quincy Hill Films hide caption

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