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    The Socratic Problem: Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"

    Early in Leaves of Grass, Bill Kincaid (Edward Norton), delivers a lecture praising the Socratic ideas of self-control and rational order. Kincaid is a somewhat stiff academic who claims that a commitment to said principles helped him work his way up from an unpromising adolescence in an Oklahoma backwater to an Ivy League education. Such speechifying is par for the course in writer-director Tim Blake Nelson’s screenplay, which tends to favor intellectual straw men. So, while Norton plays him with a certain brainy charm, we know from minute one that Bill’s theoretical loyalty to a carefully controlled life of the mind is meant to be looked up...

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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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    FUTURES | Producer, Editor, Director Adele Romanski

    An editor, producer and now trying her hand at directing, Adele Romanski has traveled the gamut behind the camera. She produced David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover," as well as Katie Aselton’s directorial debut, "The Freebie," which screened in the inaugural NEXT section at t...

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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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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Toronto 2010 | I'M STILL HERE Is Fiction

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    The Town

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    Lionsgate Goes for Oscar Gold on Rabbit Hole, Starring Kidman

    Lionsgate is diving back into the Oscar race--this is the studio that delivered the Oscar-winning Precious--by acquiring North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest, which debuted in Toronto September 13. The movie, adapted by ...

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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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