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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

September 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

So, when do those big-buzz movies come to town?

It’s almost October, which means Halloween decorations in the stores, and a revival of interest in the Academy Awards, since they are . . . well, five months away. (February 22, 2015, to be exact.) Numerous stories and websites are already buzzing, like the one here or here, with predictions of which titles…

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September 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

True what? Check out ‘Tiny Detectives’

There’s been much talk lately about the casting of Season 2 of HBO’s “True Detectives,” with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn confirmed and Rachel McAdams in talks to star. They’ll play a trio of police officers who are, from what I can tell, not particularly connected to those played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew…

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September 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Guess who almost got cast in ‘Gone Girl’?

(Side note, just for fun: I am delighted to report that there appears to be a character named Moira on “The Good Wife” — the real estate agent, who I think we’ve seen in previous episodes, who Alicia called regarding her mortgage. Between this and the Moira character on “Mad Men,” my usually obscure name…

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September 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Haven’t I seen you someplace before?

Admittedly, this has been a busy month for movies; counting my time at the Toronto Film Festival in early September, I’ve seen, I think, about 25 movies since Labor Day. And, strangely, I’m seeing a lot of the same things over and over . . . Two movies in which a man in early middle age,…

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September 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Film festivals galore this weekend

If you’re staying in town this weekend, consider a pop-in to SIFF’s Women in Cinema festival, which kicks off Thursday night with a screening of Lynn Shelton’s latest made-in-Seattle comedy, “Laggies,” with Shelton in attendance (screening at the newly reopened SIFF Cinema Egyptian). The rest of the festival, screening at the Uptown through Sunday, includes…

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September 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Damon to return to ‘Bourne’ franchise

Good news for those who like smart action thrillers: Deadline.com reports that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass will reunite for another “Bourne” franchise film, coming years after they collaborated on “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatim.” Greengrass, who directed the Oscar-nominated “Captain Phillips” last year, said as recently as last December

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September 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

As TIFF winds down, deals for ‘Still Alice’ and more

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps tomorrow, and no doubt many of its guests have already left town — but the dealmaking continues. Here are a few more titles acquired for distribution during the festival; most of them will likely come to Seattle next year. – “Still Alice,” based on the novel by Lisa Genova and…

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