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In this undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, stars as President Abraham Lincoln, in this scene from director Steven Spielberg's drama "Lincoln." (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James)

In this undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, stars as President Abraham Lincoln, in this scene from director Steven Spielberg's drama "Lincoln." (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James) Purchase photo reprints »

ARGO: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman. Rated R.

CLOUD ATLAS: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. Stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant. Rated R.

FLIGHT: Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. Rated R.

HOLY MOTORS: A day in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next: He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. Stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes. Not rated.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: Dracula (the voice of Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, doesn’t like it when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. Also stars the voices of Kevin James, Andy Samberg. Rated PG.

A LATE QUARTET: Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener. Rated R.

LIFE OF PI: After surviving a disaster at sea, a young man begins an epic journey of adventure and discovery, during which he forms a bond with another survivor — a Bengal tiger. Stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain. Rated PG.

LINCOLN: As the Civil War continues to rage, President Abraham Lincoln fights with many inside his own cabinet on his decision to emancipate the slaves. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. Rated PG-13.

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS: Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people. Rated R.

THE MASTER: A U.S. Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Also stars Amy Adams. Rated R.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller. Rated PG-13.

PITCH PERFECT: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, joins The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group who decide to take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Also stars Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson. Rated PG-13.

A ROYAL AFFAIR: A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician — and together they start a revolution. Stars Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Rated R.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Stars Rodriguez, Clarence Avant, Malik Bendjelloul. Rated PG-13.

THE SESSIONS: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Rated R.

SKYFALL: James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris. Rated PG-13.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. Rated PG-13.

WRECK-IT RALPH: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Stars the voices of John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch. Rated PG.

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