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A Mother's Love: Jessica Chastain plays Mrs. O'Brien, mother of R.L.(Laramie Eppler, left), Jack (Hunter McCracken, right) and Steve (not pictured), and a character who filmmaker Terrence Malick portrays as the very embodiment of grace. Merie Wallace/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Part creation epic and part family drama, The Tree of Life stars Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt as the parents of three boys in the '50s. Critic David Edelstein says Terrence Malick's film is self-indulgent — but that some selves are better indulged than others. Merie Wallace/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'The Tree Of Life': A Creation Trip Worth Taking

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Natural Born Puzzler: Bored housewife Maria (Maria Onetto) discovers a knack for jigsaw-solving and befriends an enthusiast (Arturo Goetz) who helps her hone her craft — and rediscover herself in the process. Sundance Selects hide caption

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The plot might not seem as inventively inspired the second time around, but the trio of Cooper, Galifianakis and Helms still has the winning chemistry that made the first Hangover film so funny. Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Paul and Raluca's affair tears apart his seemingly happy marriage with Adriana, but director Radu Muntean designates no villains — opting instead to paint his characters in an unflinchingly objective light. Lorber Films hide caption

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Lured by the promise of urban opportunity, aspiring photographer Jesse Torres (Roger Gutierrez) leaves his cattle-ranch job for the bright lights of L.A. — only to find himself working at a grocery store, herding shopping carts instead of cows. Indican Pictures hide caption

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Princess Of 'Tides': Penelope Cruz (right, wearing less eyeliner) joins Johnny Depp for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure. Peter Mountain/Buena Vista Pictures hide caption

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'Tides' Formula: Swash, Buckle, Repeat As Necessary

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Owen Wilson, playing the time-traveling hero Gil, wants to write novels instead of movies, much to the horror of his fiancee Inez, played by Rachel McAdams. Roger Arpajou/Sony Picture Classics hide caption

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A 'Paris' Review: Woody Allen, In Fine Form

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A Prodigal Girlfriend: Opportunistic beauty Peiru (Shu Qi) exploits Beijing policeman Zhendong (Liu Ye) financially and emotionally, only to discover — too late? — that she's in love with him. China Lion Films hide caption

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Melissa McCarthy (from left), Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Kristen Wiig play bridesmaids in Maya Rudolph's wedding. David Edelstein says the movie is a terrific vehicle for Wiig. Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Artful Dodging: Promising marks in school suggest that John McGill (Conor McCarron, right) might avoid a life similar to his hoodlum brother's (Joe Szula) — but pressures at home and at school conspire to push him toward thuggery. Tribeca Film hide caption

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After he falls off the wagon, Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) loses his job and gets kicked out of the house. Instead of leaving, he decides to sit on his front lawn, drink beer and sell off most of his possessions. John Estes/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Bridal Partiers: Lillian (Maya Rudolph, second from right) recruits best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig, right) as maid of honor, forcing Annie to herd an unruly bunch of attendants including a nuclear engineer (Melissa McCarthy, left), a naive newlywed (Ellie Kemper), an upper-class snob (Rose Byrne) and a bored housewife (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures hide caption

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