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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    TIFF Interview: Inarritu Expected Biutiful, Starring Bardem, to "Provoke Extreme Reactions"

    Biutiful, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's long-awaited follow-up to Babel (which scored seven Oscar nominations in 2007 including best picture), came into Toronto with a stateside distrib (Lionsgate's Roadside Attractions), and played well here. Javier Bardem's performance as a down-and-out psychic in...

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    Toronto Review | Grief Cycle: Shawn Ku's "Beautiful Boy"

    "Beautiful Boy" tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person's grief before it becomes unbearable. The focused story of two parents dealing with their son's decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeki...

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    TIFF '10: John Cameron Mitchell On Going Down The "Rabbit Hole"

    "It's like a cozy, Hollywood movie from a different era," John Cameron Mitchell said of his latest film "Rabbit Hole" earlier this week. "When you didn't need huge orchestras and backlighting when someone's taking a dump."

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    Toronto Diary: Meek's Cutoff and Mysteries of Lisbon Are Snoozes; SUPER is Rousing

    After Meredith Brody's sustained Toronto pace of viewing and reviewing films, I felt compelled to take her to dinner, where we were joined by our pals Bernie and Martin, who scored a table at one of Toronto's finest, Nota Bene, after which she composed her latest missive (in which she's tougher on M...

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    Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

    Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.

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    Review: "The Town"

    Is Warner Bros. trying to mold Ben Affleck into the new Clint Eastwood? Well, why wouldn't they? Studios don't maintain stables of stars anymore, but they can try to keep marquee talent happy enough to stay on the lot most of the time, much as Warners has done for Eastwood. Just when Affleck's acting career seemed to be down-shifting, his first film as a director, “Gone, Baby, Gone,” surprisingly suggested that he may have more to offer behind the camera than in front of it, and there's enough good about his new feature, “The Town,” to indicate that he may be that rare animal—a good-looking leading man who's also capable of making intelligent...

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    Toronto Business Goes On...Or Does It? (And The Winners Are...)

    Even though the festival is continuing, I had to get home early, because Saturday I am going to (yet another!!) Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. More from there soon!

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    Toronto Day 8: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

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    Toronto 2010 | RABBIT HOLE

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