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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "You leave "Lady in the Van" entertained but troubled; it's an agreeably but oddly off-balance film, juggling and nearly dropping the star turn at its center. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 8% The Choice (2016) "You might find yourself weeping tears of relief when the credits finally roll. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Imagine being dead, and still having to wear a corset. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 80% Hail, Caesar! (2016) ""Hail, Caesar!" isn't the great film you might like it to be, but it's very, very good fun. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/4 96% 45 Years (2015) "In the beautifully acted drama"45 Years," a marriage lives and dies; we watch its agonized struggle, like a butterfly impaled on a pin. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "An engaging film. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2016
1.5/4 30% Mojave (2016) "In the cast, only Isaac makes a vivid impression, in a swaggery, relaxed turn that seems to imply that he's in on the joke, or at least having a good time. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 73% Band Of Robbers (2016) "The filmmakers have described "Band of Robbers" as fan fiction, and that feels about right: They don't quite hit the mark, but it's fun to watch them trying. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1.5/4 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Were the screenwriters hoping Hart would improvise the jokes as he went along? Or thinking that fond memories of "Miami Vice" would guide the audience through? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1.5/4 11% The Forest (2016) "By the time the credits roll, nothing makes much sense, which is typical for this sort of horror-movie potboiler - the film's trio of screenwriters apparently couldn't find a decent ending between them. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 63% Concussion (2015) "The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 29, 2015
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) "Lawrence is a joy, but the movie, sadly, isn't. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
4/4 93% Carol (2015) "You leave the film's soft-grained world reluctantly, as if taking off a warm coat when it's still a little chilly inside. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Danish Girl (2015) "Only Vikander's performance elevates it above its pretty surface. Her Gerda tells us a story of a woman desperately in love with a man who's vanished, but whose eyes still gaze at her. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 60% Sisters (2015) "You've pretty much seen this movie before, but the chemistry between Fey and Poehler - famously pals off-screen - is, of course, a kick, particularly in throwaway scenes where they seem to be happily wandering off script. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "All blood and ice, a stirring, unflinching retelling of Shakespeare's tale of a Scottish thane, his ambitious wife and a terrible deed that haunts them, leaving their hands forever stained. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "Smoothly told, with the sweetly vulnerable Joplin letters adding an additional layer of pathos, it's a sad story that leaves us wondering what might have been. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1.5/4 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Go watch "Young Frankenstein" again, rather than venturing out to this one on a stormy night. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
4/4 98% Brooklyn (2015) "Ronan, in every scene of the film, creates a reserved young woman who seems to mature before our eyes, quietly revealing Eilis' open, yearning heart. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 71% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) "Stay for the end credits, which include a tribute to the (sadly few) black ballerinas who came before Copeland; you suspect, watching footage of the little girls who eagerly wait after performances, that many more will follow in her graceful footsteps. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "It's like a pale, limp memory of the original film, its colors faded, its distinction wrung out in the wash. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "Though "Spotlight" is definitely a reporter-as-hero story (and, along the way, a bittersweet love letter to the kind of investigative journalism that's increasingly disappearing), the film doesn't let its characters off the hook. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "It's a skillful, sweet-natured film with nice messages about believing in yourself and not giving up. But somehow, the magic got lost along the way. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) "It's always compelling; you feel grateful, watching, that this story is being told at all. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 61% Truth (2015) ""Truth" is ... mesmerizing, entirely because of Blanchett; this is one of those movie-star performances in which every detail, every gesture feels right. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 96% Room (2015) "By its lyrical end, you recognize anew the beauty of small miracles - sunshine, a backyard, a new morning, an open door. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 69% Crimson Peak (2015) ""Crimson Peak" is more creepy than scary (despite a couple of gruesomely violent deaths), but del Toro's imagination blooms in every frame. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 98% Finders Keepers (2015) "Filmmakers Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, over the film's quick 84 minutes, find some humanity and pathos in the story, which eventually takes an unexpectedly heartwarming turn. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 47% Freeheld (2015) "In the end credits, we see photos of the real Laurel and Stacie, in happier days, and you can see love glowing around them. Too bad that the movie, well-intentioned as it is, never quite catches that spark. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 85% The Walk (2015) "While it's clearly constructed with meticulous care, with the wire-walking scenes as breathtaking as CGI allows, it lacks a certain, well, je ne sais quoi. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2.5/4 60% The Intern (2015) "Slight but charming, Nancy Meyers' "The Intern" almost goes terribly wrong in its first minutes, but quickly rights itself. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 93% Sicario (2015) "There are no rules, and no reason, in this world of death and revenge, and we see it through Kate's eyes: fascinated, repelled, ultimately haunted. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 91% Grandma (2015) "Short, tart, yet unexpectedly sweet, Paul Weitz's "Grandma" is a small-scale character study - and, because that character is played by the great Lily Tomlin, it's mesmerizing, right up until its final frame. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 75% Black Mass (2015) "It's one of those movies that you don't exactly enjoy (so many guns, so many deaths), but you appreciate for its craft and tension, and for its cast's willingness to lose themselves in the darkness. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Visit (2015) "It's creepy, sure, but not very enjoyable, basement or no. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3.5/4 66% Learning To Drive (2015) "It's a beautifully acted tale of friendship, and about how sometimes, you just need to move forward - in a car, or otherwise. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Sometimes "Man in the Machine" feels like it needs a balancing voice. But it's nonetheless a fascinating film, as Gibney's always are. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "Redford has said ... he had originally planned the film as a reunion for himself and Paul Newman. It's a poignant reminder, as in this film's best moments, that life passes by too quickly. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 1, 2015
3/4 55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) "For a movie with extremely loud punk-rock music at its core, "Ten Thousand Saints" is a pleasantly low-key experience; it's a small-scale character drama about learning to live with loss. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/4 46% No Escape (2015) "If you've really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller "No Escape" might be just for you. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/4 97% Being Evel (2015) "It's ultimately a pretty sad story, and definitely not a flattering one. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Writer/director Marielle Heller, in her captivating debut film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," hits exactly the right tone for a complicated balancing act, and for a film that could very easily have gone wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 39% She's Funny That Way (2015) ""She's Funny That Way" is one of those movies that you want to like rather more than you actually do. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 76% People Places Things (2015) "As the movie progresses, Will learns, in his low-key way, that life is full of unexpected twists, that love is hard to put away, and that people who share children can never fully leave each other. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 79% Cop Car (2015) ""Cop Car" has two kids at its center, but don't mistake this taut, wicked little thriller for a children's film. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "For better or for worse, we'll never again see television quite like that documented in the compelling "Best of Enemies" ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "What Segel does, from his opening minutes on screen to the movie's end, is craft a portrait of what feels like an utterly real person, not an actor's portrayal of one. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Streep's performance, like lightning, jolts everything. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Come back to the big city - and the big screen - anytime, Shaun. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2015
2.5/4 42% Irrational Man (2015) "It works, more or less; the three central actors are all terrific, particularly Posey, who finds something vulnerable and touching in Rita. But you watch it thinking of other, better Allen movies ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
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