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

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October 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Martin Scorsese and Michael Powell films at SAM

Here’s a treat coming up: Thelma Schoonmaker, Oscar-winning editor of numerous Martin Scorsese films and widow of the great British filmmaker Michael Powell, will be in town to present two great films. “Black Narcissus,” Powell’s exquisite 1947 drama about a group of nuns who open a convent in the Himalayas, will screen at 7:30 p.m….

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October 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

An early peek at ‘Birdman’

Finally saw Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” on Friday, and it’s terrific — it’s one of those movies that, as soon as it’s over, you want to watch it again. I won’t say any more until my review, which will be online Thursday afternoon (the movie opens here Friday at Pacific Place, Lincoln Square and Guild…

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October 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

A Wednesday-afternoon dance break

Every time I see Alan Cumming on “The Good Wife” (and how good is he on that show? How great is that show? Right?), I think of this scene from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” with Mira Sorvino (who’s clearly had some ballet training) and Lisa Kudrow. The dance makes more sense in context,…

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October 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hugh Grant, answering everything

Though I’ll confess to finding the Reddit site confusing as hell (surely I’m not the only one?), I do enjoy reading the AMA (Ask Me Anything) chats posted there, particularly those from actors, writers, directors and the like. On Friday, Hugh Grant popped round to answer some questions (he’s got a rom-com, “The Rewrite,”…

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October 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The return of Michael Keaton

Perhaps the movie I’m most looking forward to this fall is “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s tale of a former movie star (best known for playing a superhero) who tries to relaunch his career by directing and starring in a Broadway play.  Michael Keaton, the actor formerly known as Batman, stars in “Birdman” — art imitating…

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