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

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September 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Back — and off to TIFF

Have you all been enjoying Seattle’s hottest summer on record? Me, I’m ready for fall, and accordingly am off to the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow. From there, I’ll be blogging with movie reviews, awards buzz, movie-star sightings, and any interesting tidbits that I happen to overhear on the Toronto sidewalks. So today, as…

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August 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Taking time off . . . until Toronto

(By the way, this month I’ve seen two movies in which somebody gestures with a limp piece of asparagus. Is this a thing now? Have I not been paying attention at dinner parties? Me, I think gesturing with a breadstick is much better.) Anyway. It’s the last days of August, the news items are few, and…

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August 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

A whole lot of ‘Jungle Book’

Did you know that there are two animated “Jungle Book” movies in the works? I didn’t, until today anyway, but here’s how you can tell the difference. The Disney version features the voices of Idris Elba (as Shere Khan), Scarlett Johansson (as Kaa), Bill Murray (Baloo), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Lupita Nyong’o (Rakcha), and…

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August 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

‘Anatomy of a Scene’ takes you behind the camera

After last week’s double shot of sad news, let’s hope for a slow news week this week. So far, so good . . . so I thought I’d point you toward the New York Times’ “Anatomy of a Scene” feature, which is always good fun. For some time now, the NYT movies staff has been…

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August 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

About that ‘Gone Girl’ ending

Will they or won’t they? Those who’ve read “Gone Girl” — and we are many — know what I mean: Will director David Fincher and screenwriter/novelist Gillian Flynn change the ending of Flynn’s blockbuster novel in the movie, coming to theaters mere weeks from now? (Oct. 3, to be precise.) Messages have been mixed,…

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August 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

73 questions with Daniel Radcliffe

This is a sad week and we’re in need of something charming, right? Here’s Daniel Radcliffe on the Vogue Channel, answering a battery of questions and, along the way, playing some ping-pong. Among the many things we learn about the former Harry Potter: he likes Diet Coke, he’d like to be a flyweight boxer, and…

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August 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Remembering Robin Williams

Such terribly shocking and sad news came late yesterday afternoon: Robin Williams, dead at the age of 63, by apparent suicide. A lot of us grew up watching Williams on “Mork & Mindy,” or laughed ourselves silly watching him on “Comic Relief” or any of his TV standup appearances, or were enchanted by his portrait…

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