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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 76% Split (2017) Except for a late Shyamalan-ish wink at the audience, "Split" is rarely fun or frightening. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The drama of Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" takes place in Annette Bening's masterful pauses. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 18, 2017
2.5/4 81% The Founder (2017) The details of the story are often fascinating (you'll learn a lot about burger production), and the cast find plenty of moments to shine. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Older audiences braced for tragedy may be drawn to its imaginative visuals - the stories told by the monster are rendered in delicate, painterly animation - and to the achingly vulnerable, growing-up-too-fast boy at its center. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 79% By Sidney Lumet (2016) It's the kind of documentary that might serve as a perfect introduction to Lumet's work; when it's done, you want to watch all of these films immediately. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/4 95% Fences (2016) "Fences" wraps you and whirls you in a heady cyclone of words, ultimately dropping you gently on the ground, moved and changed and unexpectedly uplifted by the journey. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 87% Lion (2016) "Lion" has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 88% Elle (2016) There are several ways you can watch "Elle," only one of which is mildly enjoyable. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) "Collateral Beauty," a movie so earnest it almost has Tom Cruise in it, misses its mark by a mile, stranding an impressive cast whom you'd think would have better things to do. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" is mesmerizing; a familiar story told from an entirely different angle. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) That not every note or dance step is perfect isn't the point; it's that the actors find perfection - and magic - in the moment, in that flight. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2.5/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain, whose brittle Elizabeth never seems to exhale, let alone relax, reveals almost nothing of her character's heart - and yet keeps us fascinated by her. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) "Office Christmas Party" is one of those movies that rounds up a terrific cast and then leaves them stranded with nothing to do - like, well, maybe some people at your office. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Not everything broken, this wise movie reminds us, can be mended. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" is, I think, a beautiful mess, but I might have to watch it again to be sure. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 61% Allied (2016) Too often it feels like a shallow copy of the movies it's imitating ... shot on exquisitely decorated locations that look more like soundstages than actual streets and homes. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) "The Edge of Seventeen," in its R-rated way (booze and sex play supporting roles), is a sweetheart - just like Erwin. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) Watch how Edgerton's Joel, a stoic man of few words, puts an arm around Mildred without seeming to think about it, naturally wanting her near; watch how Negga lets her performance speak through her expressive eyes, always looking for Richard. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Even if you, like me, are a bit Pottered out and wish Rowling would devote herself instead to her marvelous Cormoran Strike detective-novel series (magic comes in many forms) - it's still a pleasure to revisit the author's world. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) So much of the pleasure of Denis Villeneuve's poignant science-fiction drama "Arrival" lies in watching Amy Adams figure things out. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) It's less a story than a collection of moments, which leaves its viewer feeling moved and changed, as if you've spent time in someone else's dreams and woke up understanding who they are. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 86% Christine (2016) "Christine" is based on true events, and I suspect it's all the more powerful if you don't know what happens at the end. I did, but the film still gripped me. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) You have, I promise, never seen a movie quite like Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 79% Dancer (2016) I gasped, more than once. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/4 90% Certain Women (2016) On this wintry landscape, with its endless plains and biting wind, it seems as if everyone - even the quietest - has a story, if you take the time to listen to it. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 81% Denial (2016) Ultimately "Denial' works, thanks to its strong cast - particularly Spall, who gives Irving a slightly mad gleefulness, and Weisz, whose smart, tough Deborah chafes against the quiet acquiescence expected of her. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) It tells, unquestionably, an important story that needs to be heard. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) There's a lot to recommend it, most notably a quavering, magnetic central performance by Emily Blunt. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton, though his output lately has been bumpy (let's all agree to forget about "Dark Shadows," shall we?), is one of those rare filmmakers with a clear, distinctive style, and it's well suited to this material. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3.5/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Just try to resist the charms of Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe," a triumph-of-the-human-spirit movie that's ultimately, well, triumphant. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Feuerzeig lets us put together the puzzle pieces of Albert's story. The film's final five minutes - a punch to the heart - make it all clear. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The verdict, in a Bridget Jones-ian nutshell: not v. good, but v. enjoyable. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 85% Sully (2016) If Tom Hanks hadn't existed to play the title role, Eastwood would have had to invent him: This is one of those cases where movie-star persona and real-life legend blend perfectly. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 47% Complete Unknown (2016) The film is never less than interesting. But this story of a cipher, ultimately, is a cipher itself. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 81% Equity (2016) "Equity" is that rare thing: a Wall Street-set movie that focuses on women. (It's also directed and written by women, also still rare.) ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 80% The Intervention (2016) "The Intervention" feels confident and accomplished: The cast immediately seems to bond as a group, with each playing a distinctive, recognizable character. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 91% Southside With You (2016) It's a sweet-natured, gentle film that might remind more than a few watchers of a special date in their own life, long ago. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 97% Little Men (2016) A heartfelt drama that has a lot to say. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) "Kubo" takes LAIKA's trademark stop-motion animation to a new level, using Japanese origami techniques to create a breathtaking fantasy world. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It is, as so many Streep movies seem to be these days, a wonderful performance in a movie that isn't quite as good as she is. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) My mini-focus group - Fiona, Joe and Iris - was rapt. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 82% Indignation (2016) "Indignation" is an elegant debut for longtime producer Schamus; a visit to the past, with both sunshine and darkness. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) It's a movie that, by its serene final scene, changes its viewer. You leave happier, honored to have been, for two hours, part of this family. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) In this bleak West Texas landscape where everyone seems to be struggling, you find yourself rooting, inexplicably, for all of them against a clear villain: the faceless, predatory bank. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 60% Roseanne for President! (2016) There really isn't much of a campaign to document - Barr, who says she doesn't like shaking hands and meeting people, mostly Skypes from her Hawaii home - and it's hard to tell exactly what to make of it all. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) A smart, wistful and very funny movie in which six friends weather difficult times but ultimately realize that they do, indeed, have each other's back, for always. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Shot in artful, quiet light (many of the frames look like elegant paintings), "The Innocents" is beautifully performed by its nearly all-female cast; each nun, even those unnamed, is given her own personality and story. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/4 96% Gleason (2016) Watch it not just with your eyes but with your heart. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/4 94% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016