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Settling A Tab? Rachel (Jessica Chastain, left) and David (Sam Worthington) are '60s-era Mossad agents in John Madden's thriller The Debt. Laurie Sparham/Focus Features hide caption

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Keep On The Sunny Side: Corinne Walker (Vera Farmiga, right), an increasingly skeptical member of an isolating Christian society, finds comfort in her friend Annika (Dagmara Dominczyk) as the two search for spiritual meaning together. Molly Hawkey/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Young And Fearless: Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri, left), a member of Iran's upper class, falls for Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), an orphaned classmate. The two explore Iran's rebellious youth subculture together, sneaking out at night to go clubbing and graffiti public property. Brian Rigney Hubbard/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Children Of The Night: Sally (Bailee Madison), the precocious daughter of parents misguided enough to move their family into a haunted house, discovers demons in the basement who desire her teeth. Soon, the ever-increasing screen time allotted to the monsters dilutes their fear factor significantly. Carolyn Johns/Miramax Films hide caption

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The Money Man: Bernard Madoff arrives at federal court in New York on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in this Associated Press photo. But the road that led to his capture was long and troubled, mostly due to the lack of cooperation from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the Wall Street Journal. Mary Altaffer/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Short On Guile, Long On Hair: Ned (Paul Rudd), a trusting, open, sweetly innocent farmer, annoys his comparatively guarded sisters, including Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), by always saying exactly what's on his mind. Nicole Rivelli/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Man Of Iron: A ship-breaking worker in Chittagong, Bangladesh, makes his living tearing down old, decrepit water vessels — while struggling every day to avoid the ships' fate in a dangerous working environment. Saiful Huq Omi/Film Forum hide caption

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Look, No Hands: Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are one-time lovers who stretch One Day over 20 years. The problem is that they're an unfair matchup: Bubbly, luminous Emma has no business continuing to pine for a self-absorbed jerk like Dexter. Giles Keyte/Focus Features hide caption

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Conan O'Barbarian: Conan (Jason Momoa) is charged with using his wooden stoicism to prevent ancient warmongers from unleashing their supernatural hammy acting on an unsuspecting public. Though the film's lore tells us he was born on a battlefield, in truth this Conan was born out of Hollywood's current joint lust for remakes and sword-and-sandals mythos. Simon Varsano/Lionsgate Films hide caption

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The Thin, Unread Line: From left, Thomas (Rupert Friend) and Sebastian (Richard Coyle) are war reporters struggling to comprehend both the Russia-Georgia conflict and the outside world's tepid response to their coverage. In the summer of 2008, most TV outlets were focused on the Olympics instead. Nakanimamasakhlisi/Anchor Bay Films hide caption

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Going Whole Hog: Paloma (Garance LeGuillermic), the whimsically suicidal 11-year-old at the center of the The Hedgehog (based on a novel by Muriel Barbery), tries to get a better grip on life through her fellow apartment dwellers. It's a strange tonal balancing act, and the film doesn't quite pull it off. Neoclassics Films hide caption

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Sibling Revelry: For Nannerl Mozart (Marie Feret), 18th-century Europe was unwelcoming to women with her (according to the film) considerable gifts. Therefore, Wolfgang (David Moreau), her younger brother, became the pride of the Mozart family. Sylvain Bonniol/Music Box Films hide caption

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'Mozart's Sister' Imagines A Second Musical Genius

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Pedro da Silva, an orphaned boy trying to uncover his family history, appears in two different incarnations in Mysteries Of Lisbon (including Afonso Pimentel as his older self). He stages all of the events of the film on his own puppet stage, forcing viewers to question what's real and what isn't. Music Box Films hide caption

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Four Hours In 'Lisbon': A Rich And Dreamy Voyage

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Lost In Translation: Atsuko Sakamoto (Atsuko Okatsuka), who speaks no English, stays behind in Littlerock without a translator when her brother leaves for San Francisco. But the insights she gains into wayward American youth during her stay transcend language boundaries. Variance Films hide caption

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