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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

July 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

A teen-movie series, and (let’s face it) ‘The Killing’

Today, on this strange-half-holiday: two things that don’t really go together, but what the hell. Leading up to “The Spectacular Now,” which is a smart and funny teen rom-com that I enjoyed at SIFF last month (featuring terrific work from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley), Landmark is presenting a series of fine coming-of-age films. “Say Anything” plays next Tuesday, “Dazed and Confused” on July 16, “Almost Famous” July 23, and “The Breakfast Club” July 30, all at the Harvard Exit. Sounds like good angsty fun. “The Spectacular Now” opens August 2.

And . . . are you watching “The Killing”? You can tell me; I won’t judge, because I am too, despite having sworn off the series more times than I care to contemplate. Dare I say, though . . . that it’s a lot better this season, now that we’ve dispatched with the Larsons and evil Aunt What’s-Her-Name? Joel Kinnaman is better than ever; Peter Sarsgaard is terrific as a thoroughly evil guy who may or may not have killed his wife; Bex Taylor-Klaus is very affecting as homeless teen Bullet; and the show, set in some sort of permanent November, continues to have the most dramatic lighting on television. Linden and Holder still aren’t very good at their jobs; at last look, not only were they making no progress on their current crime, but Linden’s going backwards in a crime she supposedly solved three years ago. (Was she any better at her ferry job? And was Holder’s new partner, whose name escapes me, brought in simply because he’s an even worse cop than they are?) But I seem to have settled in to a sort of comfortable coexistence with this show, having fun trying to interpret Mireille Enos’ facial expressions (hey, I loved her in “Big Love,” but she’s almost too subtle here, no?), wishing Kinnaman would star in some sort of cop rap musical, and wondering how coincidental it is that they look a lot like Mulder and Scully. Anyway, it’ll do until something better comes along. What are you watching this summer?

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