Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 81% Dior and I (2015) " We get to know the people - mostly women, but a few men - whose hands create these intricate, beautiful garments. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/4 88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) " Most if not all of these performers have since died; here, they live on. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " Ultimately, you believe Lively as an old soul in a young body, carrying a heavy secret; you hope, somehow, that love will bring her a happy ending. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) " Ultimately, the take-away from "Beyond the Reach" is this: Don't go into the desert with a guy in a blazer. Even if he offers you a martini. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " Important but devastating viewing. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2.5/4 65% 5 to 7 (2015) " The Brian-and-Arielle story never quite feels believable; it plays more like a novel than a genuine love story, like a work in progress, rather than a beginning and, inevitably, an end. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 59% Unfriended (2015) " I kept hoping a power outage would hit their neighborhood, or some sort of natural disaster. Aren't the movies supposed to be a break from being online all the time? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 85% While We're Young (2015) " For a while much of this contemporary comedy is great fun - until the party ends and you're ready for these people to go home. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) " Pegg's a pleasure, but elsewhere "Kill Me Three Times" is never as clever as it wants to be. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 23% October Gale (2015) " A rather silly, unbelievable thriller. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 78% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) " It's not quite The Crucible, but this Sisterhood works, creating a bit of poignant witchcraft of its own. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) " Like its hero, the movie is flawed, but hard to resist. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) " While it has some lovely moments, "Effie Gray" is a bit underwhelming; it's odd that an artist so acclaimed for her wit would produce a script so chilly, so dour. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 82% Furious 7 (2015) " Delivers the goods, and then some. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " After seeing the film's touching final title cards briefly describing the fates of the characters, I couldn't help wishing for a documentary version. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/4 86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " You leave "Merchants of Doubt," as you do any good muckraking documentary, both fascinated and enraged ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 65% A Girl Like Her (2015) " Performed with unflinching honesty, it's a story that'll be familiar to countless teens, and the film could well have a long life as required, vivid viewing for high-schoolers, who'll have plenty to discuss after its poignant ending. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 97% An Honest Liar (2015) " Randi's a sly charmer, and an engaging guide through the film ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/4 86% Ballet 422 (2015) " It's filled with delicious moments, particularly for dance fans ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) " Cinderella and her Prince get a bit lost in all the flounces and flouncing, but they don't seem to mind -- you, and legions of tiara-clad little girls, quite possibly won't either. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/4 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) " "Song of the Sea" creates a magical world, one that pulls you in and leaves you, when it's over, feeling changed by the journey. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " The acting is often as flat as the L.A. sunshine looks in this movie, and the whole thing just has a too-obvious feel to it; as if the makers watched "The Player" a few too many times. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1.5/4 56% Focus (2015) " Smith and Robbie, both going through the motions, don't click at all, and Robbie in particular has nothing to play. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " It's good bloody fun just hanging out with the vamps at their house, listening to them squabble, watching them make pottery ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 71% The DUFF (2015) " It works, but just barely. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 64% The Rewrite (2015) " That "The Rewrite," an entirely unsurprising romantic comedy, works as well as it does is entirely due to one factor: Hugh Grant. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " "Fifty Shades of Grey" the movie, for the record, is not quite as bad as "Fifty Shades of Grey" the book. But that's not saying much. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 26% Love, Rosie (2015) " The problem isn't that Rosie and Alex aren't charming; in fact, they're both thoroughly nice and endearing and attractive, so much so that I lost interest in them pretty quickly. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/4 91% Mommy (2015) " The movie's overlong, underpopulated and often devastating to watch. But it's told with an uncanny realism, and when it's over you feel shaken and a little sick - and realize that you can finally exhale. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% Still Alice (2015) " While it's no surprise that Moore is so good, "Still Alice" has an unexpected trick up its sleeve: the sweetly gentle performance of Kristen Stewart, as Alice's actress daughter Lydia. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/4 82% Black Sea (2015) " A sturdy little adventure, even when it goes enjoyably off-kilter in its last half-hour. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/4 75% Match (2015) " When a play is adapted for the screen, too often you can see the stitches. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " A dilemma so simple and so timely, it barely feels like fiction. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Chandor, who previously wrote and directed "Margin Call" and "All Is Lost," is already a master storyteller, and "A Most Violent Year" unfolds with beautifully controlled tension. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " You leave "Mr. Turner," as with all good fact-based films, wanting to know more about this man and his work - and remembering that beautiful, almost touchable light, on the canvas and on the screen. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 49% Cake (2015) " "Cake" gives us an interesting character and a fine performance, nestled into a movie that doesn't really work. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/4 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " By the end, it's not much fun at all, but at least it's over. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 96% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) " A few awkward re-enactments mar the effect, but they're over quickly, while the narrators' voices and plentiful historical footage create a rich mosaic. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) " "Paddington" is, ultimately, about how a newcomer can become part of a family, and about how good manners and marmalade can get you out of any tricky situation - delightful messages, at any age. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1.5/4 33% Blackhat (2015) " An interminably long and not very thrilling cyberthriller whose high point is an arty blue-lit shot of Chris Hemsworth wearing nothing but an electronic ankle monitor. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/4 99% Selma (2015) " History becomes breathtaking drama in "Selma"; there's an urgent realism in the storytelling, as if we're seeing this just in time. And indeed we are ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) " A dull, self-consciously arty wallow in the messed-up life of a character we don't care about. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Does it work as a movie? Thanks to a few cast members, the answer is - yes, and for the most part quite nicely. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " You find yourself happy that this film exists, but wishing it were better. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " "The Imitation Game" is both an education and a pleasure - and another chance to revel in what Cumberbatch can convey in eloquent silence. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Visually inventive, as are all of Burton's movies, "Big Eyes" is pleasant enough to watch; you just wish there were more to it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Watch this film for the performances: Tatum and Ruffalo finding new ground in familiar personas; Carell immersing himself into the mindset of a troubled man ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/4 27% Annie (2014) " Musical purists should stay away, but little girls should have fun here, and the movie's full of goofball touches that help pass the time for the grown-ups bringing them. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1.5/4 45% Comet (2014) " Watching a not-very-interesting couple break up is one thing; watching them break up and get back together numerous times in different universes and dimensions is, well ... to paraphrase "Jaws," I'm going to need a bigger popcorn bag. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) " "Wild" for the most part works just fine, and should serve as a terrific career boost for Reese Witherspoon, who's a producer of the film as well as its star. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
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