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Strange interlude: Daniel Breaker plays Youth, the adolescent version of narrator Stew (in background) in Spike Lee's sizzling film version of Stew's semiautobiographical Broadway musical Passing Strange. David Lee/Sundance hide caption

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Wondrous 'Strange': Spike Lee Makes A Musical

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Fashion victim: Vogue doyenne Anna Wintour gets the fisheye from filmmaker R.J. Cutler in The September Issue. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Unhappy in their own way: Three generations of a Yokoyama family convene for a rocky reunion in Hirokazu Koreeda's Still Walking. From left, patriarch Kyohei (Yoshio Harada), his step-grandson Atsushi (Shohei Tanaka) and matriarch Toshiko (Kirin Kiki). IFC Films hide caption

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Romance Rejuvenated: Inge (Ursula Werner) and Karl (Horst Westphal) find that hearts don't always grow wiser with age in Andreas Dresen's Cloud 9. Music Box Films hide caption

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Under the influence: Freed by the Woodstock vibe — and a certain mood-altering substance — shy painter Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin, center) discovers the Aquarian age with two hippies (Kelli Garner and Paul Dano) in a classic VW van. Focus Features hide caption

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Brad Pitt puffs out his jaw to play Aldo Raine, a part-Apache Southerner in Quentin Tarantino's new film, Inglourious Basterds. Francois Duhamel/TWC hide caption

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Tarantino's Rollicking, Rocky Rewrite Of WWII

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Friends And Rivals: Mexico City hairdresser Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt, left) and the Oaxaca-born Francisca (Maya Zapata) come from very different backgrounds to compete for celebrity in Casi Divas. Daniel Daza/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds.' Francois Duhamel/TWC hide caption

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Jimmy Bennett is Toe Thompson, the metal-mouthed, picked-on narrator-hero of Robert Rodriguez' new parable Shorts. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Ponyo (left) and Sosuke learn the power of true love — and of what lies under the sea — in Hayao Miyazaki's enchanting animated fable Ponyo. Nibariki-GNDHDDT hide caption

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A World In Crisis, And Only Love Can Save The Day

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Up Where They Walk, Up Where They Run: Ponyo, a goldfish turned little girl, gets her chance to live where the people are in a sweet-natured film by Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki. Nibariki-GNDHDDT hide caption

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'Ponyo,' Swimming Magically Against The Tide

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Baby Please Don't Go: Clare (Rachel McAdams) and Henry (Eric Bana) stay close despite his unfortunate tendency when stressed to slip away through time — leaving his clothes behind. Alan Markfield/New Line Cinema hide caption

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Metaphorical mothership: Three decades after extraterrestrials arrive on Earth, they remain quarantined in a violent, squalid Johannesburg ghetto. The refugee aliens aren't welcome, but they're also not allowed to leave. TriStar Pictures hide caption

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Jam Session: Davis Guggenheim's latest documentary brings together guitarists Jack White of the White Stripes (from left), The Edge of U2 and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Eric Lee/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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