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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

A Wednesday-afternoon dance break

Every time I see Alan Cumming on “The Good Wife” (and how good is he on that show? How great is that show? Right?), I think of this scene from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” with Mira Sorvino (who’s clearly had some ballet training) and Lisa Kudrow. The dance makes more sense in context,…

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October 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hugh Grant, answering everything

Though I’ll confess to finding the Reddit site confusing as hell (surely I’m not the only one?), I do enjoy reading the AMA (Ask Me Anything) chats posted there, particularly those from actors, writers, directors and the like. On Friday, Hugh Grant popped round to answer some questions (he’s got a rom-com, “The Rewrite,”…

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October 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The return of Michael Keaton

Perhaps the movie I’m most looking forward to this fall is “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s tale of a former movie star (best known for playing a superhero) who tries to relaunch his career by directing and starring in a Broadway play.  Michael Keaton, the actor formerly known as Batman, stars in “Birdman” — art imitating…

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October 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ at 15

I’ve had “The Talented Mr. Ripley” on my mind these days, what with the arrival in theaters this week of “The Two Faces of January” — both films are sleek thrillers based on Patricia Highsmith novels and set amongst Americans abroad in sunny European cities in the stylish late ’50s/early ’60s era. “Mr. Ripley,” to…

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October 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

‘Gone Girl': About that ending

Needless to say, SPOILER ALERT, people . . . in case you didn’t read that headline. And I DO NOT write in ALL CAPS and BOLD very often (though I must say it’s kind of fun), so DO NOT read on unless you’re already familiar with how “Gone Girl” (the book or the movie) ends,…

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