Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Miami Herald , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
1931

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 82% Rob the Mob (2014) " It's a story so outlandish that it needs to be served by a combination of drama and comedy, and "Rob the Mob" finds that balance quite well." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " "Under the Skin" begins to take on the feel of tragedy; of a creature trapped, like that baby, somewhere it cannot survive." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 91% Le Week-End (2014) " By its ambiguous yet hopeful end, we're at one with Nick and Meg: Sometimes, you just have to dance. Somehow, you go on." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Maier's work, interspersed throughout the film, lets us hear her voice: an array of faces gazing at us, meeting her camera, creating a tiny moment in time." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 72% Oculus (2014) " I found myself bothered by its repeated scenes of violence against young children, which are depicted with a disturbing realness; it's hard to be deliciously scared when you just don't want to watch." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 57% Breathe In (2014) " A breathy tale of a not-quite love affair, Drake Doremus' "Breathe In" is yet another skillfully acted indie drama that's never quite good enough to be memorable." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 —— Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) (1962) " It's a sunny, lazy day in early-1960s Rome - the city is "like a graveyard," with everyone away on holiday." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 77% Anita (2014) " As Hill says - and personifies - in the film, "honesty, dignity and courage is what will be remembered."" — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 43% The Face of Love (2014) " What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " An often strange yet always intriguing depiction, filtered through contemporary ideas of environmentalism and presenting its title character as a man of unshakable faith and almost unendurable burdens." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Denis Villeneuve's moody, intriguing and, yes, occasionally silly psychological thriller." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " What's there hits the mark, so much so that I'll confess this one left me misty-eyed." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " It's over long before it's over, by the time you start wishing that a few of the dogs from "Best in Show" would show up; a one-note comedy, pounded with a hammer and left flat." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " Without [Woodley], "Divergent" would be a grim slog indeed." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 88% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " Ultimately, "Vic + Flo" becomes both horrific and strangely, surreally beautiful, in a final moment in the afternoon sun." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " Too bad; with this cast, "Better Living Through Chemistry" could have been a lot more fun." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Every frame is carefully composed like the illustrations from a beloved book (characters are precisely centered; costumes are elaborately literal); the dialogue feels both unexpected and happily familiar." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 95% Child's Pose (2014) " It's a chilly story, shot with claustrophobic, close-in cameras, right up to its abrupt ending - in which a mother learns, to her horror, something about the kind of pain that isn't easily swept away." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " "Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " You watch "Shoot Me" wishing this woman could keep sashaying through her showbiz life forever ..." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 80% Maidentrip (2014) " The film is a compelling tribute to a remarkable achievement, and to a young woman who is, in her own words, "pretty bad-ass."" — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 33% Bottled Up (2014) " You watch "Bottled Up" feeling that the screenplay needed a few more drafts; the dialogue, in particular, doesn't always ring true." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Primarily serving as a vehicle to demonstrate that Liam Neeson has now perfected his Harrison Ford Growl, "Non-Stop" is a by-the-numbers action flick that goes exactly where you think it's going." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 45% In Secret (2014) " Though it's always a pleasure seeing Lange being theatrically anguished (you expect the skies to part with thunder), or Olsen's doleful beauty, "In Secret" never quite rings true." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " "3 Days," though not without pleasures, doesn't seem to know what it is; it's three not-quite-good-enough movies, all in one." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 —— Final cut - Hölgyeim és uraim " It's a cast of thousands, and yet somehow the narrative emerges; this unique film is both a simple story and a vast love letter to cinema." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " While it's not quite as magical as some of his previous films, it makes a fitting and often moving farewell." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " It's a pretty film full of magic and miracles - a flying horse, a child saved, a man made immortal by love, a mortal character who by my count is at least 104 years old but still working as a newspaper editor - but, alas, it just doesn't gel." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " Alas, the movie just went on; not quite endlessly, but almost." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 94% The Past (2013) " "The Past" is long and occasionally feels slow - as real life sometimes does - but never false." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 68% Visitors (2014) " We see unadorned faces staring at the camera; afternoon shadows moving across a large, institutional-looking building; forlorn images of an abandoned amusement park; the misty, magical quiet of a swamp." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " By the end, we dance with her, living in the moment as she does, not looking ahead to life's next turn." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " "Monuments Men" is often irresistible, thanks to that delightful cast - could Clooney please recruit all of them for "Ocean's 14"?" — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Though it falls apart a bit near the end, "The Lego Movie" is easily the best movie ever made about plastic interlocking blocks, and good fun by any measure." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
1.5/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " Pity. A different film might have made better use of Farmiga's breezy warmth and Garcia's velvety charm." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/4 55% The Best Offer (2014) " An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " It's wonderfully cast ... and beautifully designed; a quiet pleasure." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " Ultimately, it's a sad, tough sit - but worth seeing for its gritty honesty and strong cast." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Square (2013) " The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " I'd have given all my popcorn for something unexpected, like a song-and-dance number, but "Ride Along" just plods along, not terrible but never particularly engaging." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Watching it, you may feel like slipping out of the room, closing the door quietly behind you." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " An amateurish and oddly paced documentary, "Bettie Page Reveals All" nonetheless turns out to be revealing, if perhaps not in the way its makers intended." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " You keep wishing, as "Mandela" plays out, that this were more than one movie." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 94% Her (2014) " Filmed with a bright crispness that speaks of a nostalgia for the future, "Her" is a touching, buoyant pleasure." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who spent years cheerfully defrauding investors, DiCaprio is positively reptilian; he spits out his lines with a nasty glee. You're both horrified and enchanted by this creature - a monster in Armani." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " There isn't much reason for this "Walter Mitty" to exist." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell, following last year's sweet "The Silver Linings Playbook" with a very different tale of reinvention, has made a glittery disco ball of a movie, with Lawrence as its unexpectedly shining star." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Nobody plays huffy like Thompson, who seems to sniff with her entire body; she's wonderfully funny against Hanks' effusive Disney." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
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