Scott TobiasScott Tobias is the film editor of The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section of The Onion, where he's worked as a staff writer for over a decade.
To Russia With Kvetching: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal faced a bevy of cultural obstacles — including a live audience barred from laughing — when he tried to adapt his show's brand of middle-class humor for Russian television.
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Twilight, It's Not: Martin (Connor Paolo) struggles to survive after his family is massacred by vampires, but he soon learns that other predators — including a religious fundamentalist cult — may be more dangerous in the wild.
Birds In Paradise: A plan to mate Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, center) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) runs aground after the endangered macaws are snatched by smugglers. On the run in Rio, they team up with a local toucan (George Lopez).
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Brand Recognition: Real-life recovering addict Russell Brand tackles one of the most recognizable big-screen substance abusers of the '80s in a remake of Arthur.
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Fool Me Once: Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), a military helicopter pilot, finds himself plugged into another man's consciousness and sent back in time — to eight minutes before his host is killed in a terrorist attack.
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The Other Side: Like most of his films, director Tony Gatlif's Korkoro thrums with the music of the Roma people. Set in Nazi-occupied France, the movie follows 15 Gypsies, including Taloche (James Thierree), as old prejudices metastasize into systematic persecution.
Grappling for advantage: A flailing lawyer (Paul Giamatti) and a high-school wrestler both look for answers in Win Win, a drama that's full of both interestingly knotty problems and too-easy answers.
Performance, Art: William Shimell and Juliette Binoche play an author and a gallery owner in an Abbas Kiarostami romance that is as allusive as it is elusive.
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Ultimately big-hearted, Hall Pass nonetheless shortchanges its female leads — Jenna Fischer (left) and Christina Applegate — by giving them little room to flex their comedic muscles.
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'Go' On Now: Danny (Adam Sandler, right) falls for Palmer (Brooklyn Decker, center), enlisting his secretary (Jennifer Aniston, left) to pose as his ex in an attempt to woo her. Then two kids make a surprise entrance and ... oh, like it matters.
Snack Time: Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and his longtime friend Emma (Natalie Portman) look to each other for their recommended daily allowance of physical affection — but only one of them consciously hopes for more.
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The Struggling Chanteuse: Gwyneth Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a fallen country star who embarks on a career-reviving tour with James, her romantically aloof manager husband, and Beau, the musically talented lover she met in rehab.
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The aging magician Tatischeff prepares to take the stage with his tricks -- and a cranky rabbit. But it's almost 1960, and he finds that audiences would rather watch rock 'n' roll acts than his old-school card tricks.
Decisions, Decisions: When Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) gets cut from her Olympic softball team, she starts seeing Matty, a pitcher played by Owen Wilson, but finds herself torn between too many options.
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