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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

A look back at Augusts past

I sympathize with lookingnorth, who commented here yesterday that August’s lineup of films made it look like a Netflix kind of month. And yes, I’m not seeing too much to get excited about (though I do urge those who love clever comedies to check out “Ruby Sparks,” opening tomorrow here in Seattle) . . . and it got me thinking: When’s the last time a really good movie opened in August? So I looked at the last few years, and definitely found some horrible movies . . . but a few good ones, too:
2011: “The Help,” “The Debt”
2010: “The Wildest Dream,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “The Extra Man,” “Animal Kingdom”
2009: “Julie & Julia,” “Ponyo,” “Inglourious Basterds” (not my favorite, but a lot of people liked it)
2008: “Man on Wire,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Frozen River”
So there’s hope. Let me know if you see something good. (Early heads-up: I really liked “Ruby Sparks,” “The Imposter,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Old Goats,” “Searching for Sugar Man” and “Sleepwalk with Me,” all coming this month; all rather more under-the-radar than the big-studio titles I listed yesterday, but well worth a look.)

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