Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Miami Herald , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
2013

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Showing 1 - 50 of 2013
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Altman " Documentarian Ron Mann's affectionate tribute to the filmmaker Robert Altman ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 58% Rudderless (2014) " "Rudderless" isn't always smoothly paced, and features a plot twist that's awkwardly handled, but at its heart is a performance that resonates - and a director that, I hope, has more stories to tell. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 28% Men, Women & Children (2014) " "Men, Women & Children" is crowded with characters and subplots, a few of which resonate - but more often, an individual's story seems lost in the cyberflurry. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 74% St. Vincent (2014) " Murray, of course, makes it all work well enough. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 81% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Things get awfully twisted under that hot Mediterranean sun. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 93% Pride (2014) " It's a feel-good movie that does more than temporarily lift your spirits - it makes you feel a little better about the world, and about our capacity to set aside differences and clasp hands. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) " You wish it were better. But "The Judge," eventually, wears its viewer down, despite the best efforts of an irresistible cast. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) " It falls into that far-too-large category of studio offerings that aren't good enough to be noteworthy or terrible enough to be truly entertaining. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 81% Tracks (2014) " What emerges here is a woman of remarkable strength, and a movie that doesn't sugarcoat the dark side of her journey ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/4 88% Advanced Style (2014) " Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen's blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who've elevated dressing to an art form. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " It's dark, it's creepy and it's very good - both on the page, and on the screen. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 33% Last Weekend (2014) " A flat drama filmed at a house that's more interesting than most of the characters. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " A sweet-natured film that flounders a bit before reaching its satisfying destination, "Hector and the Search for Happiness" is about precisely what its title indicates. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If "sad comedy" is a genre, Craig Johnson's thoughtful, touching film fits right in. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them" is worth seeing, if only for the way the camera lingers on Jessica Chastain as if she's a silken magnet. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Ultimately, though the movie's not always believable, it's kind to its characters and leaves you with a few laughs - and that's, sometimes, more than enough. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " I found myself wishing this "Walk" would end far sooner than it did - but that we could follow Leeson's Scudder into another story. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Sachs tells the story with artful economy - one late, crucial plot point happens without our seeing it - and ends it with an achingly lovely image, caught in golden sunlight. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " The film becomes a showcase for Kline and Sarandon - and a reminder of how great actors can light up the screen, staying with you even as the rest of the film slips away. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 88% The Drop (2014) " "The Drop" doesn't always feel fresh, but its dialogue is smart and its cast is vivid; you'll want to leave this neighborhood, but not before the story is done. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 81% The One I Love (2014) " One of those highly original films whose secrets are best experienced without much hint of what's to come. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 46% Life After Beth (2014) " The movie runs out of steam, though not blood, long before it's over. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 72% Alive Inside (2014) " Music here seems to have a miraculous power to lift up, to awaken, to reinvigorate. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " Ultimately, "If I Stay" is a just barely average teen weepie, enlivened by some pretty cello music but never coming to life. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) " It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's many close-ups, a quiet, weary yet unbending faith, and a face on which emotion can play like a wave on the beach. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " The lawsuit and trial at the center of the story - the largest criminal case ever tried in South Dakota, we're told - take up much of the running time, and never grow dull. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " It's essentially a contemporary "When Harry Met Sally" played out with 20-somethings, and there's nothing terribly wrong with that. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " There's a dashed-off, shorthand quality to it, as if everyone involved is going through the motions. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " It's been 18 years since "Twister," which means it's high time for another tornado movie, right? Be careful what you wish for. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Like a tasty comfort-food meal you've eaten countless times before, Lasse Hallström's "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is utterly predictable yet thoroughly pleasant. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Just the first 10 minutes of Michel Gondry's latest pillowcase of whimsy, "Mood Indigo," has more invention than most of the movies you'll see this year. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " Unexpectedly buoyant; it skims over a life as if tunefully improvising, touching just the right note here and there. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 52% I Origins (2014) " The very idea of a dishy man of science being bowled over by the mysteries of the soul is quite irresistible, and Pitt and Marling really sell the plot's implausible twists. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 91% CODE BLACK (2014) " "Code Black" presents itself as a demonstration of the current crisis in health care, and it's hard to watch without becoming enraged. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " In a different movie with a better script, Douglas and Keaton might have been charming together, with his dryness balancing her feathery ramblings. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 66% Lucy (2014) " It's both a fascinating and a ridiculous idea, but one that's fun to watch, particularly as Besson wisely keeps the film trimmed to a quick-as-a-lightning-bolt 89 minutes. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) " An uneven, sometimes charming, sometimes amateurish exploration of a particular time in a still-young man's life. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Within the confines of an under-two-hours running time ... Berlinger does an impressive job of keeping the film coherent and often fascinating. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 82% As It Is In Heaven (2014) " Written with less-is-more simplicity by Ginny Lee Overbay, "As It Is In Heaven" grows ever more devastating ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Sometimes, movies enchant and enlighten us about the human condition, and some nights, you go to "Sex Tape" and hope the popcorn isn't stale. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 67% Beyond the Edge (2014) " It's all rendered in 3D, with the archival footage reformatted; you'll feel the Everest chill and gape at the astonishing vistas. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 83% Violette (2014) " A literate, leisurely and lovely telling of one woman's attempt to find what Virginia Woolf famously called "a room of one's own." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " It's all, I'm sorry to say, a melodramatic slog. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Fascinating, maddening, and ultimately very sad. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 44% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Skillfully made ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " A beautifully paced tribute to a life well-lived. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " A pretty routine and occasionally silly demonic-possession flick, which distinguishes itself by making us wait so long for the exorcism that heads may be spinning in the audience as well. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " It just isn't very funny. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Almost anything's possible if you stick with your friends, work together and remember how to get home. A nice message, in any decade. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Carney deserves great credit for the movie's clever, layered structure, and for resisting a few obvious plot turns along the way. Lightning doesn't strike, but sunshine works, too. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
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