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Zachry and Meronym are only two of the combined 12 characters Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play in Cloud Atlas. It is a challenge that bests both actors, according to David Edelstein. Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. hide caption

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'Cloud Atlas': You're Better Off Reading The Book

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Cesar's (Luis Toscar) twisted obsession with ruining his tenants' lives is the stuff of urban legend. Dark Sky Films hide caption

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Dark Sky Films

In Pusher, a drug dealer's (Richard Coyle) life is on the line when a botched deal lands him in the clutches of a ruthless crime lord (Zlatko Buric). Radius-TWC hide caption

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Bethany runs away to live with her father after growing tired of living under her mother June's (Anna Gunn) thumb. Phase 4 Films hide caption

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Phase 4 Films

An engaged couple (Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) backpacks through the Caucasus Mountains with their guide (Bidzina Gujabidze), but their bond is soon tested by fate. IFC Films hide caption

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IFC Films

Jews Alon and Orith Silberg (Pascal Elbe and Emmanuelle Devos) and Palestinians Leila and Yacine Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari and Mehdi Dehbi) find out that their sons have been switched at birth. Cohen Media hide caption

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Cohen Media

When she loses her little brother in a sea of trick-or-treaters, Wren (Victoria Justice) finds him with help from her friend April (Jane Levy). Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount hide caption

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Halle Berry's characters in Cloud Atlas crisscross time and space. The actress plays six roles, including German intellectual Jocasta Ayrs (above) and an Asian man. Reiner Bajo/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Reiner Bajo/Warner Bros.

Living most of his life in an iron lung forces Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to see the world from a different point of view. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Fox Searchlight

Cote's placid pacing invites consideration of the monotony and simplicity that marks the lives of both the animals and the humans in the park. KimStim Inc. hide caption

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KimStim Inc.

Sammo Hung, the film's fight choreographer, has worked with kung fu artists like Jackie Chan and John Woo. Okazaki Hirotake/Variance Films hide caption

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A married Hollywood sound man (John Krasinski) falls for his collaborator and house guest (Olivia Thirlby) in Nobody Walks, a messily mortifying study of emotional impulse. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Magnolia Pictures