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

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September 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

In Toronto: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Philomena’

Sandra Bullock at the premiere of "Gravity." Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images.

Sandra Bullock at the premiere of “Gravity.” Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images.

TORONTO — It’s Sunday, i.e. Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival, and the crowd control is, by consensus, out of control. For the hastily added additional screening of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” a TIFF volunteer told me, the first press person showed up at 9 a.m. — for a 12:15 screening. By the time I arrived, around 11-ish, a large clump of people had assembled, but weren’t in line, because the staffer said the line wouldn’t start until 11:15. But — how can you not start a line when a line is already there? Something to ponder, while standing in a vast assemblage of anxious people that is, by definition, Not a Line.

And “Gravity” is good — very good, even to this not-terribly-interested-space-travel viewer. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (and yes, they need to be in that order, because this is Bullock’s movie, by a mile) play a pair of astronauts who must quickly abort a mission due to unexpected debris falling through space. Things go wrong — well, everything goes wrong — and “Gravity” becomes both a suspense thriller in a unique environment, and a moving meditation on the idea of home. I’ve never seen anything like this movie, which took Cuaron 4.5 years to make; both Bullock and Clooney are mesmerizing. See it in 3D IMAX, as I did, when it opens in Seattle October 4.

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September 8, 2011 at 8:40 PM

In Toronto: Brad Pitt, George Clooney

TORONTO — At the first screening I attended today, the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival, something unthinkable happened in this supremely well-run fest: a misstep. As a long, long line of press and industry types was being herded into Cinema 1 at the Bell Lightbox (the splashy, enormous, and beautifully designed…

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