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Daniel Craig, left, and Javier Bardem in a scene from the film "Skyfall" 
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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.

THE BIG PICTURE: Paul Exben is a success story — partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Stars Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup. Not rated.

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.

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.

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.

SILENT HILL: REVELATION: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a terrifying alternate reality. Stars Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss. Rated R.

SINISTER: A true-crime author begins to unravel the mystery of how and why a family was murdered in his new home. Stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone. 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.

TAKEN 2: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter (Maggie Grace). 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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