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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

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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September 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

More TIFF: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game’

Well, I’m back; why is it still summer here? But TIFF goes on, and I squeezed in one last film yesterday before heading to the airport: “The Imitation Game,” a sure-to-be-Oscar-friendly historical drama on a fascinating topic. Benedict Cumberbatch, that master of playing prickly geniuses, here takes on the real-life role of Alan Turing, a…

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September 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

At TIFF: A fine ‘Foxcatcher’

TORONTO — A quick update, before I run to one more movie (“The Imitation Game”) and then head to the airport. Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” supposedly an awards-season contender last year but held until this year, is worth the wait. The strange, sad tale of lonely billionaire John duPont (a remarkable Steve Carell) and Olympic wrestling…

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September 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

At TIFF: The Amanda Knox story inspires a movie

TORONTO — So, it turns out that phone booth with the red carpet (in the picture I blogged about yesterday) is actually a photo booth, which seems appropriate. A lovely sunny Sunday in Toronto today, and a big day for doing interviews: This morning I talked to Dennis Lehane (the novelist and screenwriter of “The…

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September 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

At TIFF: musicals, journeys home, and red carpets everywhere

TORONTO — Here at the Toronto International Film Festival, even the phone booths have red carpets. See? This is King Street, the main festival thoroughfare that’s closed for the weekend, creating a nice street-party atmosphere (you can see the orange picnic tables, and the crowds swelling, just beyond the phone booth). There is, of course, no…

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