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A Mirror, Two Faces: Paprika Steen's performance as Thea, an actress trying to sober up and regain custody of her children, carries Martin Zandvliet's Applause beyond a genre plot and standard-issue dialogue. World Wide Motion Pictures hide caption

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Jason Statham (right) plays Arthur Bishop, a hit man who must teach his former mentor's son Steve (Ben Foster) how to kill. Patti Perret/CBS Films hide caption

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'The Mechanic': A Crisp Thriller From Mr. Man-Crush

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Combustible: Thomas Dekker (right) plays Smith, a sexually ambiguous freshman who lusts after London (Juno Temple) — as well as his surfer roommate, a hot-tub designer and two mysterious women in his dreams. Marianne Williams/IFC Films hide caption

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Insufficiently Compelling: Even Anthony Hopkins — as a veteran exorcist with personal demons — can't get The Rite in gear. Egon Endrenyi/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a corporate hit man who kills with downright mechanical precision and detachment — until an assignment involving his longtime mentor makes things personal. CBS Films hide caption

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Emma (Natalie Portman) just wants to sleep with Adam (Ashton Kutcher) — she doesn't expect him to fall in love with her. Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'No Strings Attached': Corny, Contrived, Conservative

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The Long Route Home: Colin Farrell (left) and Ed Harris star in director Peter Weir's survival epic, about a group of prisoners banished to a Siberian gulag — and their astonishing march across thousands of miles to India. Newmarket Films hide caption

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'The Way Back': An Epic Escape, Short On Drama

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Workplace Hazard: Jeon Do-yeon plays Eun-yi, a cheery maid hired to pamper the heavily pregnant wife of a Seoul businessman. Her life gets more complicated, though, when the husband makes the move you'd expect. IFC Films hide caption

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New Horizons: Bollywood star Aamir Khan plays Arun, a celebrated painter who moves into Mumbai's gentrifying inner city to escape his rarefied world. Aamir Khan Productions hide caption

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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. Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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It Ain't Noise Pollution: Love of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister (pictured here with Loveline host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood) led Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski to create a documentary about the life and legend of the heavy-metal pioneer. Secret Weapon Films hide caption

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A Superheroic Friendship: After his media-mogul father dies, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) uses the family's fortune -- and chauffeur, Kato (Jay Chou), -- to become The Green Hornet, a masked crime fighter. Jaimie Trueblood/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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'Green Hornet', 'Dilemma' Prove Bromance Is Dead

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Gentle Persuasion: Stellan Skarsgard plays Ulrik, just released after a 12-year prison stint for murder. Once outside, Ulrik pretty much plays along with friends, family and his old criminal boss -- even if it means intimate encounters of an excessively awkward kind. Philip Oegaard/Strand Releasing hide caption

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Thicker Than What? Ned (Liev Schreiber, left) and his family (Ezra Miller, Skyler Fortgang and Helen Hunt) run into an ocean of issues in Richard Levine's Every Day. Image Entertainment hide caption

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Dark Materials: In Plastic Planet, director Werner Boote interviews scientists (including Austrian environmental analyst Kurt Scheidl, right) to better understand the cultural, environmental and biological effects of plastic production. Thomas Kirschner/First Run Features hide caption

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