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Lord Of The Dance: Michael Jackson may have been frail during the last few months of his life, but the rehearsal footage in This Is It shows he could still cut a rug with the best of them. Above, Jackson dons his classic fedora to show his crew what a "Smooth Criminal" really moves like. Kevin Mazur/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Rosemary's Baby Sitter: Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) agrees to baby-sit for a creepy couple on the night of a lunar eclipse — never mind that there's no baby in sight. In the best scare-flick tradition, it doesn't end well. Magnet Releasing 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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Thai Treasure? Born to a rural family, Tony Jaa herded elephants as a kid and apprenticed with stuntman and action-film director Panna Rittikrai when he was 15. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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'Ong Bak 2': In Ancient Thailand, A Bang-Up Fight

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Signal, Meet Noise: Adrian (Adam Goldberg, with Lucy Punch) is an avant-garde sound artist who creates abstract symphonies by breaking glass, popping bubble wrap and such. His audiences, alas, don't embrace his artistic visions. Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

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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Supermom: Eliza (Uma Thurman, center, with Anthony Edwards) is on a mission to succeed as a writer and still throw the best birthday party ever for her daughter — even if it means losing her mind in the process. Freestyle Releasing hide caption

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Freestyle Releasing

Not Your Average Bear: Max (Max Records) gets nose to nose with KW (Lauren Ambrose), a wild thing who's OK with a certain amount of recreational biting but who just can't stand eaters. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Warner Bros. Pictures

He's King Of His World: Max (Max Records) brandishes his scepter before his loyal — well, loyal as wild things can be — subjects. From left: The Bull (Michael Berry), Douglas (Chris Cooper), Alexander (Paul Dano), Judith (Catherine O'Hara), KW (Lauren Ambrose), Ira (Forest Whitaker) and Carol (James Gandolfini). Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Swept Away: In a short directed by Brett Ratner, Olivia Thirlby and Anton Yelchin are paired together for an eventful prom date. All 10 shorts in New York, I Love You revolve around the pursuits of love and lust in the city. Vivendi Entertainment hide caption

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Vivendi Entertainment

Not Just Black And White: Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) is the longtime maid for a prosperous clan in Chile, where live-ins often work for little more than room and board. She's practically one of the family — though she still wears a uniform. Elephant Eye Films hide caption

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Elephant Eye Films

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