Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Miami Herald , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
1996

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Showing 1 - 50 of 1996
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 80% 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 40% 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 71% 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 37% 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 49% 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 21% 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 62% 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 78% 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 47% 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 42% 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 80% 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 65% 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 80% 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 43% 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
3/4 48% Le Chef (2014) " "Le Chef" may not be a masterpiece, but it's nonetheless a treat." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 62% 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 66% 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 88% 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 53% 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 72% 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 42% 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 86% 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% Live Die Repeat: 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 48% 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 82% 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
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