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Honor among 'Assassins': A one-time student (Tsuyoshi Ihara, left) and a young warrior-in-training (Masataka Kubota) join the former's teacher, Shinzaemon, in a quest to rid 19th-century Japan of a sadistic warlord. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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To fill out the full-length documentary, Herzog interviewed a variety of oddball characters, including a pelt-wearing, bone-flute-playing enthusiast named Wulf Hein (left). Marc Valesella/IFC Films hide caption

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Small fish, big pond: Stan Herd (John Hawkes) arrives in Manhattan ready to win over Donald Trump's company, literally mortgaging his future to build an "earthwork" on a plot of Trump-owned land. Shadow Distribution hide caption

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To Russia With Kvetching: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal faced a bevy of cultural obstacles — including a live audience barred from laughing — when he tried to adapt his show's brand of middle-class humor for Russian television. Nicholas Weissman/Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Forever Young: Although he wears a smirk borrowed from notable screen punks, Jesse (Thomas McDonell) shows his romantic colors after warming up to resident perfectionist Nova (Aimee Teegarden). Richard Foreman Jr./Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin plays Jeanne Marwan, a math instructor who goes on a grim scavenger hunt to piece together her mother's life, in director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the play Incendies by Quebec writer Wajdi Mouawad. Sabrik Hakeem/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Trainer Wreck: A bereaved circus veterinarian (Robert Pattinson) and a performer (Reese Witherspoon) with an abusive husband are brought closer by their shared affection for an animal colleague in Water for Elephants. David James/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Twilight, It's Not: Martin (Connor Paolo) struggles to survive after his family is massacred by vampires, but he soon learns that other predators — including a religious fundamentalist cult — may be more dangerous in the wild. IFC Films hide caption

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The Secret Lives Of Mothers: After the death of the widowed Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), her adult children slowly discover the bitterness of her childhood in a country plagued by endless cycles of violence. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Incendies': Within A Family, Secret Fires Burn

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Triggermen: Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe, right) and Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch) are two of the four combat photographers who made a name for themselves as the Bang Bang Club. Marcus Cruz/Tribeca Film hide caption

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Chile's Atacama Desert — the driest place on Earth, and home to both sophisticated observatories and the sober memories of a military regime's abuses — is both subject and setting in Nostalgia for the Light. Icarus Films hide caption

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Until proven guilty: Charged with treason and tried by a military tribunal in the Lincoln assassination plot, Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is defended in court by former Union soldier Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy). Claudette Barius/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Dating Game: Marie (Melanie Thierry) is doe to the stags of three French noblemen who vie for her affection — even after her father marries her off to a fourth suitor. Etienne George/IFC Films hide caption

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Life was 'Beautiful': A carefree mother (Micaela Ramazzotti, center), an angry father and the string of men who succeed him make for a chaotic childhood for Bruno (Giacomo Bibbiani, right) and his sister Valeria (Aurora Frasca). Palisades Tartan hide caption

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