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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Movies that don’t screen; plus, some silly walking

Should you be looking over the Seattle Times movie reviews section today, you’ll see that neither I nor anyone else on the staff reviewed the new Nicolas Cage movie “Season of the Witch,” for the simple reason that it did not screen in Seattle in time to meet deadlines. Looking at Rotten Tomatoes, I see that obviously some critics in other cities did get a chance to see it, and that 54 of them disliked it while one liked it. (Rotten Tomatoes notes, rather hilariously, that there is “No consensus yet.” I’d argue that.) So, one week into the new year and we’ve already gotten a clunker, this one dressed up by the vision that is Nicolas-Cage-with-unwashed-hair seemingly cozying up to a sword on the poster. Looking at my January calendar, though, it appears that most of this month’s movies will be up for review, with screenings scheduled even for the ones that look, um, problematic. I’ll leave it up to you to fill in those blanks, but I’m thinking of a certain comic-book movie, and a Natalie Portman flick that isn’t “Black Swan.” (Oh, it isn’t.) Maybe they’ll be great. We’ll see.
In the meantime, Roger Ebert (whose wonderful blog is always worth a look) reminds us all of happier things: namely, that today is National Silly Walk Day. Because this is much more fun than contemplating Nicolas Cage’s hair, let alone Nicolas Cage’s career, here’s a clip. Happy walking.

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