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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

July 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

First peek at ‘Into the Woods’

And here we have . . . yet another movie musical releasing a trailer in which nobody sings. What are they hiding? Anyway, “Into the Woods” looks very pretty indeed, and any movie in which Meryl Streep plays a hissing witch and flings her hair around a lot is absolutely fine in my book. “Into…

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July 31, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Cinerama to close for renovations

An intriguing press release popped up in my email this morning, announcing that Cinerama will close August 4 for unspecified renovations “as it undergoes some exciting changes,” to reopen at a date “later this year.” Hmm. The theater, a downtown Seattle landmark boasting one of the biggest screens you’ll see anywhere, opened in 1963 and…

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July 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

So, can Allison Williams sing?

I will admit to a sort of morbid fascination with NBC’s current live-musical craze. “The Sound of Music,” last December, was mesmerizing in its sometimes-great (Audra McDonald) and sometimes-terrible (you know whose acting I’m talking about) earnestness, and now we have “Peter Pan Live!,” complete with exclamation point, coming up this December — with its…

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July 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Daniel Radcliffe grows ‘Horns’

Slow news day on the movie front (though not so slow that I’m going to click on the Hollywood Reporter headline “Gerard Depardieu Should Oversee Wine Production in Crimea, Russian Politician Says” — well, maybe he should, what do I know?), so let’s all feast our eyes on Daniel Radcliffe in horns (and a decent…

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July 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Admiral Theater in West Seattle in ‘limbo’

It’s not an easy time to be running an independent movie theater: In recent years, virtually all have had to pony up to pay for digital conversion, as the release of movies on 35mm film fades away. (Among the area’s indies who have converted, or are in the process of converting: Northwest Film Forum, Port…

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July 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Toronto International Film Festival: first announcements

In about six weeks (yikes, where did the summer go?) I’ll be off to the Toronto International Film Festival, sampling some treats of the fall movie schedule. This morning, TIFF announced a number (though not all) of the films they’ll be showcasing this year; other announcements will follow through August. TIFF runs Sept. 4 –…

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