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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

July 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

First titles announced for the Toronto International Film Festival

It feels like fall in Seattle today (those of you suffering from the heat in other regions, come on down to the Pacific Northwest — we’ll cool you right off), and it feels like fall in the movie business as well: The Toronto International Film Festival, which typically rings in the “serious” movie season, announced its first batch of offerings today. I’m reading with interest, because I’ll be in Toronto in early September as usual, looking for some great films. Last year I saw “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” “Another Year,” “The Town,” and many others there; this year, who knows? Here are a few of the titles announced so far:
— “The Ides of March,” a political drama directed and co-written by George Clooney, and starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
— More Clooney: “The Descendents,” Alexander Payne’s latest, about a troubled family in Hawaii, with Clooney as a father re-connecting with his daughters after his wife is injured in an accident.
— “A Dangerous Method,” directed by David Cronenberg, with Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung.
— “Albert Nobbs,” a cross-dressing Irish period drama that’s getting good buzz for Glenn Close’s Oscar hopes in the title role.
— “Friends with Kids,” an ensemble comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (“Kissing Jessica Stein”) and starring P & P favorite Jon Hamm.
— “Pearl Jam Twenty,” the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary about the Northwest band.
— Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” a thriller about a plastic surgeon obsessed with creating a new skin — and finding a human guinea pig. Antonio Banderas stars.
— Plus new movies from Francis Ford Coppola, Terence Davies, Todd Solondz, the Duplass brothers, Lars von Trier, Michael Winterbottom, Lynne Ramsay . . . the list goes on. And this is just the first installment; more to come as the festival draws closer. Suffice to say that my week in Toronto will be a busy one.

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