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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 22, 2009 at 9:15 AM

The year’s last screening — and, what happened to “The Lovely Bones”?

I’m seeing one last movie today — “The Last Station,” with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer — and then the press-screening machine shuts down until after January 4. Which means that I will have some days to sit at my desk, tidy up the mess that accumulates, do something about this dying poinsettia that’s sitting next to my Harvey Pekar bobblehead, and get a jump on January. And speaking of January (and later), that’ll be when we in Seattle see a lot of movies that have opened elsewhere much earlier. Here, for those curious, are the tentative Seattle dates for some of the movies you might have been wondering about; all are Oscar-eligible for 2009:
“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” (Heath Ledger’s final film, directed by Terry Gilliam) — January 8
“Crazy Heart” (sure to earn Jeff Bridges an Oscar nomination) — January 15
“The Lovely Bones” (Peter Jackson’s small-scale follow-up to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy; has had its release date moved many times) — January 15″
“The White Ribbon” (Michael Haneke’s much-praised pre-World War I drama; a big prizewinner at Cannes): January 29
“The Last Station” — February 12
And, arriving here Christmas Day: “Nine,” “The Young Victoria,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “It’s Complicated,” “Broken Embraces,” “A Single Man.”

Helen Mirren, reaching for another Oscar? Photo from “The Last Station,” by Stephan Rabold, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

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