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That's A Wrap: Screenwriter-turned-director Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar) clings to his actress muse — played by Penelope Cruz, the real-life muse of Broken Embraces director Pedro Almodovar. Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Mother Knows Best: Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) points adopted son Michael Oher in a brand new direction in a formulaic based-on-a-true-story heartwarmer called The Blind Side. hide caption

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The hardest words: Woody Harrelson, left, and Ben Foster play two soldiers charged with bringing war's human costs home to military families in Oren Moverman's accomplished debut film. Oscilloscope Laboratories hide caption

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

Jackson Strive: The movie might be shorter if he were just a little slower, but John Cusack's bookish Jackson Curtis always manages to stay a step ahead of the advancing abyss. Columbia Tristar Marketing Group hide caption

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Columbia Tristar Marketing Group

Gabourey Sidibe plays Precious Jones, a Harlem teenager struggling to rise above the physical and mental abuse that has defined her life. It's a seeming curse that leads to new chances and new friends, including a nurse played by Lenny Kravitz. Ann Marie Fox/Lionsgate hide caption

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The King Rules: Rehearsals for a London concert series found Michael Jackson and his dancers working on a huge set. Spliced together in a concert movie, scenes from those rehearsals are a reminder of just how good Jackson was performing live. Kevin Mazur/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Lovely, But Earthbound: The story of Amelia Earhart — the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, for starters — has wings. But Mira Nair's affectionate biographical drama doesn't take nearly as many risks as its heroine did. Ken Woroner/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Ken Woroner/Fox Searchlight

Children Of The (Organic) Corn: The children of the French town of Barjac become the ultimate judges of the local organic movement after their school starts serving 100 percent locally grown, organic food. (The kids love it.) First Run Features hide caption

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First Run Features

Setting Things Straight: Comedian Chris Rock explores the world of black hair care, talking to men and women about the lengths they go to as they manage their locks. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Roadside Attractions

Going Down: Mark, played by Ricky Gervais, lives in a world where everyone tells the truth — and the truth is, no one likes him. Sam Urdank/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Ricky Gervais Discovers The Truth About 'Lying'

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