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Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a sweet undertaker's assistant beloved by his small East Texas community, befriends a prickly and controlling widow (Shirley MacLaine). Her generosity comes with so many strings that he soon finds his almost inexhaustible kindness stretched to the limit. Deana Newcomb/Millennium Entertainment hide caption

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When Violet (Emily Blunt) is accepted to a postdoctoral program at the University of Michigan, she and her fiance, Tom (Jason Segel), postpone their wedding plans — along with Tom's career as a chef — and move from San Francisco to Ann Arbor. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Corporate headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) has a lucrative if less-than-legal sideline in fine art — until he crosses the wrong man. Magnet Releasing hide caption

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'Headhunters': The Caper Flick, Raised To A Fine Art

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The loopy looters of Pirates! Band of Misifts don't have names so much as very descriptive titles: (from left) Pirate Who Plays the Accordian, Pirate with Gout (Brendan Gleeson), Pirate with a Scarf (Martin Freeman), Albino Pirate with Polly, the Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant), Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (Ashley Jensen), Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens, and Pirate with Prosthetics. Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Anne (Juliette Binoche), a Parisian journalist writing for the women's magazine Elle, interviews two university students moonlighting as prostitutes. She develops a sisterlike rapport with Charlotte (Anais Demoustier), a young woman from the Paris suburbs. Kino Lorber hide caption

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Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) celebrate their impending nuptials with their families before Violet drops a bomb: She's been accepted at a program at the University of Michigan, and wants to move there and postpone their wedding day. Universal Pictures hide caption

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A migrant Florida tomato grower and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers drinks from a jug of water. As part of a larger discussion of societal thinking about debt, Payback looks at the sometimes harsh treatment by companies of migrant workers. Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Bob Marley's phenomenal popularity introduced much of the world to both reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Camille (Lola Creton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky) are caught in a complicated tangle of feelings in Mia Hansen-Love's Goodbye First Love. Carole Bethuel/IFC Films hide caption

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Mya (Meagan Good), while dating Zeke (Romany Malco), follows the do's and don't's of dating advice from comedian Steve Harvey's real-world self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Alan Markfield/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Beth (Diane Keaton) and her adopted dog, Freeway, are parted when her distracted, workaholic husband, Joseph, loses Freeway in the woods. Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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In trying to identify his biological father, child prodigy Henry (Jason Spevack) makes life difficult for his mother (Toni Collette) and the researcher (Michael Sheen) he believes may have been his mother's sperm donor. Entertainment One hide caption

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Nicknamed "Oscar" by Chimpanzee's filmmakers, the young chimp at the center of the film is adopted by an older male chimp — a rare occurrence — after his mother is killed. Disneynature hide caption

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A man eyes some of the women working at the upscale Fish Tank brothel in Bangkok. The documentary Whores' Glory chronicles the experiences of sex workers in relatively clean establishments — and some living in de facto slavery. Vinai Dithajohn/Lotus Films hide caption

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