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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 20% Like a Boss (2020) If "Like a Boss" had a decent screenplay, and was competently directed, it might have been pretty good.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) Despite its flaws, "Just Mercy" is that rarity - a movie that inspires; a story that brings light.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) MacKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, pulling us into the story.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) This "Little Women" purist was moved to tears by this movie, and didn't want it to end.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) You can imagine how other filmmakers might approach this - it's a beautifully cinematic story - but no one else would film it quite as Malick has.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/4 20% Cats (2019) By the final scene, by which my eyebrows were hurting from being raised so high (the winning cat goes to the Heavyside Layer in a chandelier? What is this, "Phantom of the Opera"?), I was just tired. As was "Cats." Meow.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 69% Bombshell (2019) Ultimately, the film's unwillingness to go deeper makes it fall flat.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) As always... Eastwood's very good with actors, and the central trio of "Richard Jewell" make the film worth watching.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) It's a pretty picture and a sweet adventure, and sometimes that's enough.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 83% Waves (2019) Schultz has a lovely way of telling a just-on-the-verge-of-melodramatic story on a very human level; his camera gets lost in the faces, the flashing sirens, the immediacy of two young people finding a home with each other.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" has a remarkable power. You watch it recognizing the world you know, and wishing you didn't.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) All of this works, for the most part, but only occasionally surprises.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" is a kick. By the time it was finally revealed whodunit, I just wanted to start over and play again.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day" is lifted by a fascinating performance at its center, by a charismatic movie star who just happens to also be a great actor.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Whether you care about motorsports or not, "Ford v Ferrari" is a kick: both a rollicking true story well told, and a moving depiction of male friendship. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is long, to be sure, but it's never less than compelling - Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, all in their mid-to-late-70s, are each carrying a lifetime of work, with practiced ease.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 64% The Good Liar (2019) As a movie, "The Good Liar" is just so-so, but as a master class in performance and star quality, it's a pleasure.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) Its central characters never find much chemistry - Clarke's Kate is a one-note character, which is one note more than Golding's character gets...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand - and surprise it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's easily half an hour longer than it needs to be, and it's full of moments that don't go anywhere.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo, like the real-life Tubman, is a tiny woman, barely 5 feet tall, but the forcefulness of her voice and her presence brings "Harriet" to vivid life.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) You'll watch knowing you're in the hands of a master filmmaker...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Really, the fun of this movie - aside from the glorious and very velvet-forward costumes, by Ellen Mirojnick - is the performances of the two Hollywood pros at its center, both perfectly cast.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) The dialogue is sometimes action-movie awkward, and the characters... never seem more interesting than the format they're wandering in.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy" should soar, but instead, it flatlines.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) Joker is an exploration of what causes a lonely, unhinged man to explode, and it has moments that are riveting.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) What's most appealing about Zellweger's portrayal is the brightness that peeps out from the clouds: her deep love for her children, her sly wit.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Beautiful, eerie and always just a bit out of reach, James Gray's "Ad Astra" is an intriguing if not entirely satisfying space odyssey.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not a great movie, not by any definition, but I happily lapped up every minute. Nice to see you back, Downton; this fan missed you.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) You root for them and for the film, which is over too quickly; you just want to hang with these women a little longer.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Ultimately, "The Goldfinch" feels like a series of often-elegant moments, in service to a story that never quite comes into focus.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) It's a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The film's better than you'd expect from a late-summer offering, mostly due to a strong cast led by the great Oyelowo.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) Is "After the Wedding" a great movie? No, not especially. Are these two women treasures of cinema? Absolutely.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Like Bernadette, the movie's lost; you'll need to read the book to truly find her.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 23% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" - except for one incandescent performance - is as good as it needs to be, but no more.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) "The Art of Racing in the Rain" mostly feels like a sentimental slog, punctuated by (admittedly adorable) very long close-ups of Enzo's handsome doggy face while Costner, all raspy and folksy, intones lines like "I was meant to be his dog."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) All of this silliness is actually great fun, particularly the bantering chemistry between Johnson and Statham, who spend much of the movie squabbling and calling each other names.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 98% The Farewell (2019) It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 42% Stuber (2019) Ultimately, despite Nanjiani's best efforts, it's a disposable fast-car summer movie, neither terrible or good, for those biding their time before the next "Fast & Furious" installment.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [W]hen it's over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 75% Halston (2019) Directed by Frederic Tcheng, who's made a specialty of chic fashion-designer documentaries, this film celebrates Halston's work but shows more interest in the man - and the unexpected corporate drama - behind it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 73% Lost & Found (2019) By the end of "Lost & Found," you feel as if you've spent some time in that Irish town - and that you've lost just a little something when it's over.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Did we really need another "Toy Story" movie? Turns out we did.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
1.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) Of everyone on screen, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones come off best in "Men in Black: International." Because they're not actually in the movie.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/4 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) "The Dead Don't Die" isn't just deadpan - it's dead.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) If only real workplaces were like this - but, in the company of Thompson and Kaling, it's a lot of fun to think so.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's raunchy yet adorable high-school comedy "Booksmart" understands a basic truth: For so many former teenage girls, your first love is your high-school best friend.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019