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Rebecca Hall, Ann Guilbert and Amanda Peet stand in the Manhattan apartment that Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt's characters plan to take over — once Guilbert's character passes away. Piotr Redlinski/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Please Give': A Fine-Tuned Study Of Envy And Guilt

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Hardcore Harry: Enraged by the murder of his best friend, an English pensioner (Michael Caine) uses the combat skills he learned fighting the IRA in Ulster to hunt his friend's killer. Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

One More Cup Of Coffee For The Road: Just as misanthropic bar owner Jacques (Brian Cox) is beginning to feel the weight of mortality, he meets Lucas (Paul Dano), a young social misfit whom Jacques takes on as his heir and protege. Among the things Jacques teaches Lucas are hostility, arrogance and how to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Magnolia Pictures

Cheap Shills: Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt play Kate and Alex, two New York antiques dealers with a knack for estate-sale finds that turn a pretty penny — and a marriage that's lost some of its shine. Piotr Redlinski/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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The All-Natural Hotbox: Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) endures the wrath of woodland creatures — including a pack of angry skunks in his car — when he agrees to oversee the construction of a housing development on their woodland home. Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Summit Entertainment

Jamey Sheridan shines in the title role as a divorced contractor who exists merely as a "pale shadow" of his former self. Worldview Entertainment hide caption

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Worldview Entertainment

Take It Easy Hospital — the name of the fictionalized band in No One Knows About Persian Cats — performs in Tehran's underground music scene. From left: Pouya Hosseini, Ashkan Koshanejad, Kourosh Mirzaei and Negar Shaghi. Mijfilm hide caption

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Mijfilm

Unlikely Duo: An eccentric writer (Jeff Daniels) with emotional baggage to unpack and a book about wildfowl that's going nowhere strikes up a friendship with a teen (Emma Stone) who's got issues of her own to figure out. Gerg Newman hide caption

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Gerg Newman

Art Kingpin: Art Spindle (Danny Huston) is a cutthroat, stop-at-nothing art dealer who must have Piet Mondrian's first "Boogie Woogie" painting. He competes with other culturati to buy the painting, the price tag for which is upwards of $20 million. IFC hide caption

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IFC

rong>Peek<em>-A-Boo: <em>Behind the Burly Q tells the stories of burlesque dancers like Betty Rowland, who says she joined the trade to help support her family. At one point her act was so popular that she received 20 letters a day from fans. First Run Features hide caption

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First Run Features

Treasure Hunt: In The Good, The Bad, The Weird, three bandits must compete with the Japanese army and other desert nomads as they travel across the Manchurian desert in search of a map. CJ Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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CJ Entertainment Inc.

A Whole New World: Filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud turn their lenses on the bigeye trevallies, asian sheepshead wrasses and sea nettles (above) as they survey the briny deep. Galatee Films hide caption

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Galatee Films

The incognito British street artist Banksy offers few clues on whether the movie about his street art is real or a hoax. Courtesy Paranoid Pictures hide caption

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Courtesy Paranoid Pictures

Beat Down: An awkward teen's initial forays into DIY superherodom are pretty disastrous — but soon enough Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Johnson) begins to attract the attention he was hoping for. Lionsgate hide caption

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Lionsgate

Garden of Eden: In the beautiful Uruguayan countryside, a prosperous plantation family hosts a biographer who wants to write about their deceased novelist patriarch. Laura Linney plays the defiant widow who refuses to give permission for the project. Screen Media hide caption

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Screen Media