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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Scary Movie Week: ‘The Others’

Watching Nicole Kidman in the quite forgettable “Before I Go To Sleep” last night, I was thinking of her in a much better horror movie: Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Others,” which came out 13 years ago and for some reason didn’t get much attention. But it’s one of my favorite scary movies of more-or-less-recent years, and…

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October 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Scary Movie Week: Oscar-winning horror films

Most horror films, it must be said, aren’t major players at awards time. (Some of them, because they don’t screen in advance, don’t even get many reviews; such as the “Saw” movies.) But, for those who like a bit of a pedigree with their horror, here’s a list of scary Oscar winners; helpfully compiled by…

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October 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Scary Movie Week: ‘The Birds’

As Scary Movie Week continues, I asked Mary Ann Gwinn — Seattle Times books editor, and my cube-mate here at the office — to name her favorite scary movie. Hers was a classic: Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” which she first saw as a child (age 10 or 11, she said, which is WAY too young for…

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October 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

It’s Scary Movie Week!

Welcome to Scary Movie Week, an annual tradition at P&P. I’ll kick things off on a light note: this clever IKEA ad, inspired by “The Shining.” And, this week I’ll be asking various random people for their favorite scary movie, starting today with my college-age nephew, who promptly said “Cabin in the Woods.” How about you?

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October 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Martin Scorsese and Michael Powell films at SAM

Here’s a treat coming up: Thelma Schoonmaker, Oscar-winning editor of numerous Martin Scorsese films and widow of the great British filmmaker Michael Powell, will be in town to present two great films. “Black Narcissus,” Powell’s exquisite 1947 drama about a group of nuns who open a convent in the Himalayas, will screen at 7:30 p.m….

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October 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

An early peek at ‘Birdman’

Finally saw Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” on Friday, and it’s terrific — it’s one of those movies that, as soon as it’s over, you want to watch it again. I won’t say any more until my review, which will be online Thursday afternoon (the movie opens here Friday at Pacific Place, Lincoln Square and Guild…

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