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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 76% Keanu (2016) "Give that kitty an Oscar, right now. And then send him to my doorstep. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/4 10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) "An unintentionally hilarious example of biopic gone wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 97% Sing Street (2016) "Carney has an uncanny way of telling a story through music. "Sing Street" reminds us of being young and lost in a song, realizing with a jolt that someone else had the same feelings we did. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) "Taymor's "Dream" is, in Bottom's words, a most rare vision. It flickers before us almost too quickly, passing by "swift as a shadow, short as any dream." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/4 8% Mother's Day (2016) "A two-hour movie so forgettable that I'm not convinced it actually exists. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Sky (2016) ""Sky," despite its Hitchcockian beginning, is no thriller; instead, it's a character study of a woman seeking a second act, and of a landscape that gradually transforms from foreign to welcoming. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Too often, the dialogue is flat and sitcommy, and a monologue in the mirror by Presley just feels awkward. But there's much pleasure to be had in "Elvis & Nixon" from its two lead performances. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 65% A Hologram for the King (2016) "This stranger-in-a-strange-land mood piece has an appealingly serene pace. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) ""The Huntsman" is a flabby mess - yet another sequel with no reason to exist. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 75% The First Monday in May (2016) "It's a film that effectively combines two distinct - and very different - pleasures. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "The film moves us swiftly from one breathtaking scene to another: a dramatic mudslide; a climb up a near-vertical rock face (by a bear who'd really rather take a nap); a fairy-tale-misty lagoon, where water blends seamlessly with sky. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 91% Francofonia (2016) "Blending archival footage, actor re-creation and special effects (sometimes all in the same shot), he creates a sense of specific place and time - and, in doing so, crafts a sort of cinematic ode to art. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 96% Marguerite (2016) "Frot's performance, as a woman so caught up in the joy of music that she doesn't quite understand how bad she is, is particularly delightful, and often quite moving. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) "Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 89% The Invitation (2016) "Kusama ratchets up the tension expertly; we, like Will, become increasingly uncomfortable, seeing evil omens everywhere. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/4 41% Mr. Right (2016) "Rockwell and Kendrick, both of whom can really sell this film's brand of laid-back quirk, keep things lively ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 20% The Boss (2016) "McCarthy's trademark blend of chipper likability and treble-voiced rage just isn't quite enough to carry things through. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Vardalos has created a community of characters and players so likable, it seems almost mean to criticize - like picking on one's own annoying but beloved relatives. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/4 100% Everything Is Copy (2016) "If this film inspires viewers to rush out to find copies of Ephron's collected essays, or Heartburn, it'll be an especially fitting legacy. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2.5/4 81% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Field, carrying the movie on her shoulders and handing it to us for our approval, makes us root for wistful Doris. Single-handedly, she makes the movie work. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 94% Eye In The Sky (2016) "At times, the film approaches gallows comedy ... perhaps a little too much so; at others, it's a tense, chilling look at a seemingly unbearable choice - refreshingly, without telling its viewers what to think. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 32% The Bronze (2016) "I found myself admiring "The Bronze" ... But admiring isn't quite the same as liking. This film is a comedy wrapped in barbed wire; approach with caution. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 67% The Automatic Hate (2016) "Australian actress Adelaide Clemens shines in Justin Lerner's nicely paced indie drama/thriller. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "You keep waiting for the film to come together, for Rick to emerge as a character rather than a cipher, for the women to seem less interchangeable - in short, for a point to it all. By its end, I was still waiting. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/4 79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "By the end, even though you know what's going to happen, you might feel like cheering. He's an unlikely eagle, but just for a moment, he flies. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 68% Touched With Fire (2016) "Dalio, who based the film (his directing debut) on his own struggles with bipolar disorder, establishes a gentle, honest tone that never wavers - and demonstrates a knack for vivid imagery that makes him a filmmaker to watch. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 24% Zoolander 2 (2016) "A mostly agreeable but empty-headed mess. It's sort of the movie equivalent of Derek Zoolander himself. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
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 11% The Choice (2016) "You might find yourself weeping tears of relief when the credits finally roll. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Imagine being dead, and still having to wear a corset. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 85% 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 97% 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 74% 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 15% 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 9% 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 62% Concussion (2015) "The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 29, 2015
2.5/4 61% Joy (2015) "Lawrence is a joy, but the movie, sadly, isn't. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
4/4 94% 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 59% 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 79% 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 92% 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 25% 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 97% 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 75% 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 40% 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
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