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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 75% Café Society (2016) "Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make "Café Society"; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) "A charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 81% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) "The film is at its most compelling when we hear Lear's voice - or just watch him, seated on a theatrically lit but empty stage, thumbing through scrapbooks and smiling or wincing at memories. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "Stéphane Brizé's "The Measure of a Man" feels so real, you're almost startled when it's over - it seems as if this French drama about a middle-aged husband and father facing unemployment should just go on, as life tends to do. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 77% Lights Out (2016) ""Lights Out" is an effective, tidy little chiller; basically the same sneak-up-in-the-dark scare over and over. But hey, as we've learned through decades of horror movies, that stuff works. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 63% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) "Like so many small-screen-to-big-screen efforts, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" isn't really a movie, just a stretched-out TV episode with a parade of cameos and boatloads of Champagne. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 77% Captain Fantastic (2016) "Ross lets the story take its time, but "Captain Fantastic" never feels slow. This family, right down to the smallest child, are detailed and interesting, with individually crafted personalities. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/4 93% Life, Animated (2016) "A vivid and warmhearted portrait of coming-of-age, differently. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Crucial to [the] fun: McKinnon, who steals the movie with her mad-scientist grin, eyes that gleam like a laser pointer and unexpected random weirdness. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/4 96% The Fits (2016) "It's a curious world that Toni is entering, and Hightower's quiet watchfulness takes it all in. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 8, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "There's a funny, offbeat movie lurking in the details here. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/4 39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "Like a lot of weddings: sporadically fun, draggy in spots, ultimately forgettable. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "Smooth, smart entertainment, from its swirling music to its moody cinematography to its fine performances. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 73% The BFG (2016) "Rylance, digitally rendered from motion-capture performance, finds a charming, gentle rapport with his young co-star, and his lilting wordplay (a television is a "telly telly bunkum box"; language is "a twitch-tickling problem") creates its own music. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) "An irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 49% Genius (2016) "If you squint, you can see the thoughtful prestige drama that screenwriter John Logan and director Michael Grandage were trying to make, but it's lost in a thicket of stereotypes and metaphors. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 79% Sunset Song (2016) "It blooms with moments of astonishing beauty: a yellow frenzy of springtime trees; a still room where the light slants in the window like a reaching hand; a desolate landscape, impossibly green. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "The blend of Johnson's laid-back hero-dudeness and Hart's whippet-fast comic timing should have been good fun. But somebody, alas, had an idea, though not a good one: Make Johnson the comedian and Hart the straight man. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) "For all the witty voices and great escapes (maybe one too many of the latter), "Finding Dory" is ultimately a character story, and DeGeneres' lovable, brave Dory swims right into our hearts. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "It's a sweet, faintly screwball, faintly Shakespearean look at love, families and what happens when a well-made plan goes just a bit awry. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Blackway (2016) "People keep suggesting to Lillian that she just move away and never come back, which seems like a fine idea. If only Blackway - and "Blackway" - would do the same. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "Try to remember this movie, a few days after seeing it, and you'll find that - like magic - it's disappeared. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) "Oh, just try to resist this one. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
1.5/4 22% Ma ma (2016) "Long before anyone in "Ma Ma" expires, the movie does. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 96% Weiner (2016) "The result is a fascinating portrait of a politician - a man who, it seems, doesn't feel that he exists unless someone's looking at him. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 99% Love & Friendship (2016) "It's self-consciously mannered and merrily playful; a mixture that Austen herself might find just right. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 26, 2016
2.5/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) ""X-Men: Apocalypse" moves along tidily, but you watch thinking that all this used to be a lot more fun. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 26, 2016
2/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, the movie's running as fast as it can, but still remains in the same place. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) "A study in charisma, with two wildly different performances at its center. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ""The Angry Birds Movie" is unnecessary but cute, like a bonnet on a cat - and there are certainly worse recommendations than that. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 30% How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2016) "All of this is sporadically funny and cheerfully tasteless in its low-budget way, but it's also unevenly acted, a bit overlong and never quite as daring as it seems to want to be. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "It's predictable - throughout the film, I kept thinking that I'd seen it before - and a bit sentimental, yet thoroughly pleasant. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "You root for Marnie, even when it's clear why Lori struggles with her, and you hear her persistent voice in your head for a while afterward - reminding you, perhaps, to give your own mother a call. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) "Ultimately, "Money Monster" is always watchable - but forgets to give us a compelling reason to watch. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
1.5/4 20% Mothers and Daughters (2016) "Because so few movies focus on stories about women, it's incredibly frustrating to see this strong cast drifting away on a tide of soap bubbles - there's no movie here, just scene after scene of melodramatic cliché. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3.5/4 65% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) "We watch Binoche's face, in eloquent, mesmerizing close-up; pain and grief engulf her expression like water flooding into a still pool. She has few words. She doesn't need them. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 78% Keanu (2016) "Give that kitty an Oscar, right now. And then send him to my doorstep. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/4 8% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) "An unintentionally hilarious example of biopic gone wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 97% Sing Street (2016) "Carney has an uncanny way of telling a story through music. "Sing Street" reminds us of being young and lost in a song, realizing with a jolt that someone else had the same feelings we did. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) "Taymor's "Dream" is, in Bottom's words, a most rare vision. It flickers before us almost too quickly, passing by "swift as a shadow, short as any dream." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/4 7% Mother's Day (2016) "A two-hour movie so forgettable that I'm not convinced it actually exists. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Sky (2016) ""Sky," despite its Hitchcockian beginning, is no thriller; instead, it's a character study of a woman seeking a second act, and of a landscape that gradually transforms from foreign to welcoming. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Too often, the dialogue is flat and sitcommy, and a monologue in the mirror by Presley just feels awkward. But there's much pleasure to be had in "Elvis & Nixon" from its two lead performances. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 69% A Hologram for the King (2016) "This stranger-in-a-strange-land mood piece has an appealingly serene pace. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) ""The Huntsman" is a flabby mess - yet another sequel with no reason to exist. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 80% The First Monday in May (2016) "It's a film that effectively combines two distinct - and very different - pleasures. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "The film moves us swiftly from one breathtaking scene to another: a dramatic mudslide; a climb up a near-vertical rock face (by a bear who'd really rather take a nap); a fairy-tale-misty lagoon, where water blends seamlessly with sky. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 88% Francofonia (2016) "Blending archival footage, actor re-creation and special effects (sometimes all in the same shot), he creates a sense of specific place and time - and, in doing so, crafts a sort of cinematic ode to art. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 96% Marguerite (2016) "Frot's performance, as a woman so caught up in the joy of music that she doesn't quite understand how bad she is, is particularly delightful, and often quite moving. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) "Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
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