Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Miami Herald , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
1981

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 50% 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 96% 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 16% 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 58% 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 40% 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 79% 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 89% 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 68% 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 86% 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 23% Third Person (2014) " It's all, I'm sorry to say, a melodramatic slog." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 91% 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 48% 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 30% 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 23% Tammy (2014) " It just isn't very funny." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 49% 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
3/4 50% Le Chef (2014) " "Le Chef" may not be a masterpiece, but it's nonetheless a treat." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 63% The Sacrament (2014) " West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " A groaning table of food for thought - almost too much for one movie, though presented with remarkable deftness." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 65% The Rover (2014) " While it's never less than compelling, the characters here are ciphers (particularly a deeply troubled young man played by a grunting Robert Pattinson) and the violence feels wearingly familiar." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " "Obvious Child" enters territory rarely trod by romantic comedies - it's clear Donna's in no way ready to have a child - and does so with warmth and wit." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Always likable and often great fun, but it's an uneasy mix of stage and screen. It trips, fairly often, but never falls." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 70% Burt's Buzz (2014) " Shavitz is undoubtedly an intriguing fellow, but "Burt's Buzz" never quite finds what makes him tick." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 71% Palo Alto (2014) " Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy yet haunting portrait of a particular time in life." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 76% Lucky Them (2014) " "Lucky Them" has that rare gift: It leaves its audiences warm and happy, as the best romantic comedies do." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Young and old fans of the first movie will be lining up for the wit, for the inventiveness of the characters, for the breathtaking visuals - and just the sheer fun of it all." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " One of those films that you want to like rather more than you actually do." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 84% Night Moves (2014) " "Night Moves" is like a slow, meticulous heist movie, almost hypnotic in its precision." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Well, of course the book is better." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The whole thing should go down quite nicely with popcorn. It won't change the course of Cruise's career, but at least it mixes up the formula." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " "Chinese Puzzle" is a likable, meandering film, much like its main character, complete with moments of whimsical creativity ..." — Seattle Times
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 49% Maleficent (2014) " There's really only one special effect in "Maleficent" worth mentioning, and that is Angelina Jolie." — Seattle Times
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 83% The Double (2014) " "The Double" has a theatrical, self-conscious quality to it; the performances feel stagy and its production design looks like a grimly monotone Wes Anderson movie." — Seattle Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " If "Chef" were a musical, you'd walk out humming the food - and you might end up doing that anyway." — Seattle Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 83% Belle (2014) " It's an old-fashioned movie with a very modern streak, centered by a vibrant star turn by Mbatha-Raw, whose watchful, wise Dido makes an enchanting heroine." — Seattle Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 89% Locke (2014) " For the most part, it works like gangbusters." — Seattle Times
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Despite its overstuffed baggage and slightly bloated running time, "Million Dollar Arm" is good fun, particularly with popcorn." — Seattle Times
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 91% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " It's a mood piece, not a biopic, and it works on its own terms." — Seattle Times
Posted May 14, 2014
3/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " Before "Fed Up," no movie had ever sent me hurrying to my refrigerator to read food labels - but there's always a first time." — Seattle Times
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " The most shocking thing about the hard-R comedy "Neighbors" is that - surprise - it's actually rather endearing." — Seattle Times
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " You don't so much watch this movie as slink into it, joining an unlikely pair of lovers and enjoying their slouchy elegance." — Seattle Times
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " "Decoding Annie Parker," though uneven in its execution, has at its heart two remarkable women and one remarkable performance." — Seattle Times
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Pretty enjoyable, almost entirely due to the enchanting chemistry between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy." — Seattle Times
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " "The Other Woman" plays like "The First Wives Club" crossed with an exceptionally well-groomed female version of "The Hangover" - which is to say, there's not much to it, but it's featherweight fun while it lasts." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The truth of what happened to him is devastating; the truth of how he found forgiveness in his soul is astonishing." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 89% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " "Dancing in Jaffa" is a charming, often moving documentary about how dance can work magic in breaking down barriers." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " LeClerq, who lived her later years with a fierce independence, died in 2001; in this thoughtful, quiet film, she lives on." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 80% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
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