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Discord: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are a couple coming apart in the raw relationship drama Blue Valentine. Davi Russo/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Gerri and Tom, played by Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent, have a wonderfully happy middle-class life and marriage but spend their time entertaining miserable friends -- and worrying about a grown son's failure to settle down. Simon Mein/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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When he realizes he's dangerously ill, Uxbal (Javier Bardem) spends some precious time with his daughter Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) -- and reluctantly lets his kids get to know their estranged mother, who's anything but a good influence. Jose Haro/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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The aging magician Tatischeff prepares to take the stage with his tricks -- and a cranky rabbit. But it's almost 1960, and he finds that audiences would rather watch rock 'n' roll acts than his old-school card tricks. Sony Classics hide caption

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After hiring a U.S. Marshal to find her father's killer, Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld, left) joins forces with Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon), who's tracking the same man. Wilson Webb/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Family Time: Aimless Hollywood celeb Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff, left) gets a surprise when his seldom-seen daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), shows up for an extended visit; it gives them time to hang out with Johnny's friend Sammy (Chris Pontius), and perhaps to jump-start the star's stalled life. Merrick Morton/Focus Features hide caption

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Computer Trouble: After growing up without his father, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) falls into a digital world, where he finds his dad and meets Quorra (Olivia Wilde). Together, they embark on a dangerous journey of escape. Douglas Curran/Disney Enterprises Inc. hide caption

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Decisions, Decisions: When Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) gets cut from her Olympic softball team, she starts seeing Matty, a pitcher played by Owen Wilson, but finds herself torn between too many options. David James/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Falling Apart: Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star as Becca and Howie, whose opposing reactions to their son's death lead to a crumbling marriage -- and a difficult but touching journey toward recovery. David Geisbrecht/Lionsgate hide caption

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Tommy Lee Jones (left) and Ben Affleck play executives who lose their high-paying berths at a shipbuilding firm and must find new jobs and rethink identities defined by paychecks and perks. Folger/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Average Joe Meets Femme Fatale: Angelina Jolie, left, plays the mysterious Elise, who gets Johnny Depp's American tourist, Frank, into hot water when she leads her enemies to believe he is someone else. Peter Mountain/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Quite A Fight: Mark Wahlberg (right) plays boxer Micky Ward, whose druggy half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), the former "Pride of Lowell," acts as his trainer — at least when he isn't in jail. JoJo Whilden/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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In His Own Words: A new film from Steven Soderbergh uses excerpts from the work of Spalding Gray (above) to make a new portrait of the artist as a tormented man. Nancy Campbell/IFC Films hide caption

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