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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

    After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites ov...

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    Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart

    No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan's follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some--thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene--in 2D.

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    Mad Men Yourself

    This new Mad Men avatar is pretty similar to the one I made before--although they do offer a few more fashion choices. But in anticipation of the Season Four launch on July 25 on AMC, go ahead and Mad Men yourself.

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    Holiday Box Office | No Love for "Ranch" As "Cyrus" Breaks Out

    While "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" stormed 4,468 theaters to the tune of $175 million, a batch of indie films found mixed results over the Independence Day holiday weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, the majority of the good news came from holdovers expanding ...

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    Cartoons Forever!

    As Toy Story 3 racks up some of the best reviews of the year, I’m pleased that so many critics have taken time to make note of the innovative short-subject that accompanies it. Day & Night—which is so clever it’s almost impossible to describe—is the work of an up-and-c...

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    Happy Fourth of July!

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    Trailer Watch: Charlie St. Cloud Stars Zac Efron

    Universal has released the trailer for weepie Charlie St. Cloud (below), due in theaters July 30.

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    Kehr on Keaton

    A required read for any self-respecting cinephile is critic Dave Kehr's weekly DVD column in the NYT. At a time when most new movies don't offer much to digest for the sophisticated film critic, Kehr has the best beat in town: DVDs. Every week, Kehr shares his erudite knowledge and elegant prose sty...

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    Debating Eclipse and Knight and Day with At the Movies' Phillips and Scott

    Apparently my defense of James Mangold's Knight and Day so astonished At the Movies' Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott that the co-hosts asked me to debate the subject with them online via Skype; we also tangled a bit on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Scott liked, but Phillips loathed.

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