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Man's Best Frenemy: J.R. Ackerley, voiced by Christopher Plummer, was a misfit loner who -- after getting fed up with his German shepherd's improper attachment to his trouser leg -- set out to find a species-appropriate mate for his pet. New Yorker Films hide caption

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New Yorker Films

The Godfather Gerald Depardieu plays a Parisian crime boss named Guido -- who wants Mesrine to commit bigger and bigger crimes. Music Box Films hide caption

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Music Box Films

Ghost Of Heists Past: Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris (second from left, with Michael Ealy, Idris Elba and Paul Walker) plays a just-out-of-jail thief who approaches his former crew with the chance to pull one last job — and snag more money than ever before. Suzanne Tenner/Screen Gems Inc. hide caption

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Like Father, Like Daughter: All ML (Karin Viard) wants is to throw a successful dinner party. But her efforts keep getting foiled, thanks to unforeseen complications -- such as her long-absent dad, Henri (Pierre Arditi), showing up unexpectedly. IFC Films hide caption

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A Gallic Bonnie And Clyde: The vicious gangster Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassell) flees to Quebec with his mistress (Cecile de France) in the riveting Mesrine: Killer Instinct. Music Box Films hide caption

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Meet Mesrine: Half A Gangster Epic, Totally 'Killer'

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Righteous Retribution: Saturnina (Magaly Solier) is a Peruvian villager whose fiance dies after being exposed to toxic mercury, which goes on to sicken other members of her Andes village. Carl De Keyzer/MAGNUM hide caption

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A Seminal Moment: Jason Bateman stars as Wally, a hapless specimen who accidentally tips over a very important sample cup -- then impulsively decides to replace the spillage with something locally sourced. Macall Polay/BAster Productions, LLC hide caption

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She's Ready For Her Close-Up: Once again, Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson plays dress-up as Nanny McPhee, a magical caretaker whose appearance becomes less forbidding as her charges learn to behave. Universal Pictures hide caption

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A Martyr For The Cause: On an Army form, Tillman had specifically declined the option of a military funeral, aware that his celebrity might make it easy for the Army to turn his death into a propaganda tool. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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The Weinstein Co.

Separation Anxiety: Co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos (right) plays Zinos, whose bad week gets worse when girlfriend Nadine (Pheline Roggan) decides to accept a job in Shanghai. Corazon International hide caption

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Rocky's Got A Gun: Sylvester Stallone (right) returns to the big screen in The Expendables, alongside action-movie veterans including Jet Li (left) and Dolph Lundgren (center). Karen Ballard/Lionsgate hide caption

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Love, Indonesian Style: While trying to recover after a messy divorce, Liz (Julia Roberts) meets Felipe (Javier Bardem), a Brazilian architect, in Bali. Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures hide caption

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