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London Film Festival preview: what to see—and what not to

By Duncan Brown  

Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats" is an early standout

The London Film Festival begins with two and a half weeks of press screenings, where hundreds of press delegates have the chance to preview the films everyone else will be watching over the fortnight of the festival proper. Barring the glow of smartphones and laptops in the auditorium, it’s not unlike an ordinary trip to the cinema. But for the less well-known films there is much at stake: the reception they get from this…

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