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Rhys Ifans plays the Elizabethan aristocrat Edward de Vere in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. The movie speculates that de Vere, not Shakespeare, was the real author of the bard's works.

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Former CIA agent Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) and FBI rookie Ben Geary (Topher Grace) team up to uncover the investigate the murder of a U.S. senator.

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A Good Ride: Journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp, left) is looking for more than a story in The Rum Diary, based on a semi-autobiographical story by Hunter S. Thompson.

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Suddenly, A Duet: Rocker Ethan (Alessandro Nivola, left) discovers he has a teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin), when her ex-groupie mother dumps her with him on the way to rehab.

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Against the clock: Will and Sylvia (Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried) live in a world where time literally is money — and it's running rapidly out for most.

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Beard of Avon? Rhys Ifans plays the 17th Earl of Oxford, who in the preposterous calculus of Anonymous is the "real" author of Shakespeare's plays.

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'Anonymous': Stylish Claptrap, By Any Other Name

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Here Bums The Bride: Lars von Trier's Melancholia centers on a newlywed (Kirsten Dunst) whose chronic depression leaves her singularly well-equipped to confront the end of the world.

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High Anxieties Make For A Mad, Mad Movie World

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Elizabeth Olsen (left) plays Martha — or is she Marcy? May or Marlene? — a strained and strange young woman who has fled a cult's rural commune to take refuge with her sister (Sarah Paulson).

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Covert Operations: A British social worker (Emily Watson) discovers a centuries-old shame: the forcible, secret deportation of children to Australia.

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Roamin' Collar: A priest (Steve Little) loses his Bible — but finds a new perspective — an a canoe trip with a former schoolmate in Todd Rohal's The Catechism Cataclysm.

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Kevin Spacey gives "a major performance, his best in a decade," as a Wall Street executive trying to do the right thing in the middle of a financial panic.

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Wild Child: Neglected by a mother who is busy turning tricks, Little Anne (Chloe Grace Moretz) becomes a target for a killer in Texas Killing Fields.

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Constant 'Garden'-er: A diligent mom (Julia Roberts, with Cayden Boyd) struggles to hold together a family dominated by an overbearing father and rocked over the years by conflict and tragedy.

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Vera (Elena Anaya) is both patient and obsession for plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), who is bent on creating a synthetic skin that can resist any kind of damage.

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