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Moira MacDonald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 75%

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 36%

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 71%

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 75%

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 87%

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 82%

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 70%

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 84%

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 34%

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 98%

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 90%

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 27%

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 62%

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 58%

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 19%

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 67%

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 76%

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 76%

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 71%

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 17%

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 79%

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 85%

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 95%

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
3/4 88%

The Invitation (2016)

"Kusama ratchets up the tension expertly; we, like Will, become increasingly uncomfortable, seeing evil omens everywhere." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/4 41%

Mr. Right (2016)

"Rockwell and Kendrick, both of whom can really sell this film's brand of laid-back quirk, keep things lively ..." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 23%

The Boss (2016)

"McCarthy's trademark blend of chipper likability and treble-voiced rage just isn't quite enough to carry things through." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"Vardalos has created a community of characters and players so likable, it seems almost mean to criticize - like picking on one's own annoying but beloved relatives." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Everything Is Copy (2016)

"If this film inspires viewers to rush out to find copies of Ephron's collected essays, or Heartburn, it'll be an especially fitting legacy." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"Field, carrying the movie on her shoulders and handing it to us for our approval, makes us root for wistful Doris. Single-handedly, she makes the movie work." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"At times, the film approaches gallows comedy ... perhaps a little too much so; at others, it's a tense, chilling look at a seemingly unbearable choice - refreshingly, without telling its viewers what to think." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 33%

The Bronze (2016)

"I found myself admiring "The Bronze" ... But admiring isn't quite the same as liking. This film is a comedy wrapped in barbed wire; approach with caution." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 67%

The Automatic Hate (2016)

"Australian actress Adelaide Clemens shines in Justin Lerner's nicely paced indie drama/thriller." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2.5/4 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"You keep waiting for the film to come together, for Rick to emerge as a character rather than a cipher, for the women to seem less interchangeable - in short, for a point to it all. By its end, I was still waiting." ‐Seattle Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
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