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When it was announced that director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga were ending their collaboration after three films, the timing felt right for a break-up. By the time 21 Grams led to Babel, the gut-punching realism and puzzle construction that seemed so fresh with Amores Perros had devolved into miserablist formula. With Arriaga veering off into full-on self-parody with The Burning Plain, his directorial debut, Iñárritu seemingly had the freedom to apply his impressive filmmaking chops to less predictable ends. Sadly, the only real difference between Arriaga at his worst and Iñárritu’s new »

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