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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 56% Tag (2018) There's virtually no plot to "Tag"; just a lot of chasing around, in various locations.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 33% Mary Shelley (2018) The film, though handsome and well-acted, reduces Mary Shelley's accomplishments; it's almost over by the time "Frankenstein" gets written, with little attention paid to its author's creative spark.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Rider (2018) Brady, rarely raising his voice above a murmur, takes us on an emotional journey, figuring out his own way forward. The plains go on forever; so, we hope, does hope.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
4/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Here's hoping they're back again soon; I can't wait to meet Jack-Jack's unlucky preschool teacher.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 66% Ocean's 8 (2018) These women are just great fun to hang with, and I'd happily sit still for a slew of sequels.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 100% Eighth Grade (2018) Fisher delivers a glorious symphony of awkward poignancy, from Kayla's cringe-worthy attempts to chat up a popular girl to her ultimately sweet connection with her kind, befuddled single dad.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 77% Dark River (2018) Dark fare indeed, and you won't shake it off easily.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/4 53% Book Club (2018) "Book Club" is very silly and feather-light, but let me say this: Spending time with this quartet is way more fun than reading "Fifty Shades of Grey."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Catwalk: Tales From The Cat Show Circuit (2018) How often do you get to see a movie whose drama, such as it is, gets interrupted by a hairball?‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
100% Pick of the Litter (2018) "Pick of the Litter" is earnest and heartwarming, filled with adorable camera-licking and tight closeups of beseeching doggy eyes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) By the end ... no, I wasn't crying, there was something in my eye.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 69% On Chesil Beach (2018) The great Saoirse Ronan, whose delicate voice here contains a universe of pain, turns in another heartbreaker of a performance in Dominic Cooke's quiet British drama, set in 1962 and based on Ian McEwan's novel.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 84% Disobedience (2018) Lelio and the actors tell the story through fraught silences and meaningful glances, with Weisz and McAdams movingly conveying the feeling of being lost - and found - together.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) As McCarthy's chipper character might say, darned if "Life of the Party" isn't kind of adorable.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 87% Tully (2018) Theron holds the movie in her hands and gives it to us like a gift; one we accept with joy.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3/4 80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) "Where is Kyra?" is a small story - there's much about its main character that we'll never know - and a terribly sad one. But it's a remarkable showcase for Pfeiffer, who'll break your heart in every scene.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Be sure to stick around, empty popcorn bag in hand, for the post-credits scene, which left me wanting another sequel. Preferably tomorrow.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) As sweet as "I Feel Pretty" often is, it's also at times depressing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) This movie is, literally, about watching paint dry - but Tucci and the cast find a world of detail and nuance.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) Only two things need to be said about Rampage: It's really terrible, and I enjoyed it immensely.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is brief, taut and often quite terrifying.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/4 95% Outside In (2018) The power of these performances is that you leave thinking that Chris and Carol are out there, somewhere, and you wish them well.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/4 100% Pandas (2018) About as perfect as IMAX nature documentaries can get: informative, family-friendly, beautifully and immersively photographed, and so adorable that my scribbled screening notes are full of trenchant observations like "SO FUZZY!"‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2.5/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Maybe I'm just a cat person.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Both performers are treasures; both deserve, together and separately, a better showcase than this.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/4 48% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander doesn't have much to play, script-wise, but she makes a tough, appealing action star ...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds often feels like a very, very expensive B-movie, but it's all reasonably watchable, thanks to the elegant cinematography and Cooke's amusing way of playing teenage amorality. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Its message is of a young woman's empowerment, and of how love can save a family -- and if the special effects sometimes overwhelm that message, it rings through loud and clear by the end. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) It's worth attending this party if only for Scott Thomas, who's never less than electric. Somebody needs to put Janet and her quivering energy at the center of a superhero movie; I'd watch.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The movie's focus on sexual violence against Lawrence's character ultimately feels repellent.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" becomes a delicate, moving study of grief, of quiet triumph over adversity, of adjusting to life's empty spaces - and learning to fill them with love.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 83% Game Night (2018) "This will be a game night to remember," intones a character, early on in the film; this isn't true, as I've already forgotten most of this movie despite having taken notes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 54% The Lodgers (2018) "The Lodgers" is never particularly scary, or even logical, but it's always gorgeous to look at; you can see where it's going, but you might not mind watching it go there.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/4 82% Early Man (2018) It's well-crafted and enjoyable. You'll laugh, more than once, but you might not remember why the next day.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler is a young filmmaker - this is just his third feature, following "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed" (two fine and very different films) - but he marshals this world with confidence and flair.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4/4 93% Big Sonia (2017) Filmed with great respect and palpable love for its subject, "Big Sonia" is one of those documentaries that seems to bring its own light - just like the woman at its center.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Johnson and Dornan's performances are wooden and their chemistry nonexistent (particularly in the movie's more-of-the-same sex scenes), but think of it all as ultra-deadpan entertainment and it kind of works.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) You watch "Winchester" thinking about the movie that might have been, and wishing that those ghosts would transport Mirren into that movie, immediately.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/4 86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" casts a remarkable spell; it wraps around you, like a delicately scented cashmere shawl woven from music and color and astonishing faces.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) It is, for much of its running time, undeniably entertaining.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) "The Post" tells of a great moment in journalism - and a great moment in one remarkable woman's life.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/4 88% El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014) The result is a stylish, inventive film that kept me intrigued, even as its story twisted so mightily I feared it might snap.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) "Molly's Game" could have been a terrific movie if Sorkin could have edited out 20-30 minutes; as it is, it's a good movie overstuffed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It's just the same movie over and over, until the end of time and everybody dies, in which case "Pitch Perfect 45: A-Ca-Wait-Are-We-Dead?" might be a thing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Movie musicals walk a tricky tightrope - all that singing can be magical, or it can just be silly - and "The Greatest Showman" teeters, all too often.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The film's an impressive accomplishment, on several levels.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Slowly, as if in a delicate tango, the two move toward each other, and "Call Me By Your Name" becomes the story of a connection, both sexual and emotional.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) "Downsizing" runs out of steam long before it's over.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour" is a straightforward, day-by-day depiction of world-changing events, told with meticulous simplicity.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017