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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% Lizzie (2018) We wait in vain for "Lizzie" to do something truly surprising with this oft-told tale. But it's worth a look if only for the two central performances.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 84% Love, Gilda (2018) There's no happy ending to this story, but it's a pleasure to spend just a bit of time with Radner again.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 84% A Simple Favor (2018) Feig, better known for straight-up comedy, draws out the movie's early acts deliciously, letting the actors play with their roles and creating a near-Hitchcockian tone of slinky ominousness, cut with the driest of wit.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/4 86% The Wife (2018) Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it's a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether the plot holds up.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) The Bookshop is a gentle, quiet film in which not a whole lot happens... But it's beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Horror-movie fans should be warned that it's all quite subtle. But it's haunting, in its quiet way.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 81% Juliet, Naked (2018) "Juliet, Naked" is basically what would happen if you put "Almost Famous" and "You've Got Mail" in a blender and then poured the contents out in a picturesque English seaside town; none of which is a terrible idea.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/4 93% Searching (2018) "Searching," a pleasantly gimmicky movie, gets its power from something that isn't a gimmick at all: an actor's ability to simply and movingly tell a story.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2.5/4 90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Equal parts gossipy tell-all and poignant portrait of a man whose life is revealed to be rather more complicated than the sunny sex romp Bowers describes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Murder is endlessly fascinating, as the vast crime-fiction industry would indicate, and this one is no different.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) "Puzzle" becomes a low-key pleasure, with all its pieces fitting together nicely.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Is it as good as the book? No. Did it make me happy? Oh yes, and how nice to be reminded what a gift a joyful rom-com can be.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 46% The Meg (2018) It's all good, goofy fun; make it an air-conditioned double feature with "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" and you might just have the very definition of "summer movies."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) You leave this film shaken, remembering what happened not so very long ago in the name of "very fine people on both sides."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) I'd been missing the 100 Acre Wood. What a pleasure it was to visit it again.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is definitely everything we expected, and more. You might need to go lie down afterward, in a good way.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It's the same sunny, hummy territory as the 2008 original, but it's oddly better this time around; credit writer/director Ol Parker, and the way that a familiar recipe often improves after you've made it a few times.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Nobody in this film has a personality; they're just evil, stoic, mildly badass (particularly Neve Campbell, as Will's resourceful wife) or The Rock.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 77% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) "Westwood" is definitely better than mediocre, though you wish there were a bit more to it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Wardle makes "Three Identical Strangers" as spellbinding as a great psychological thriller.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3.5/4 88% Whitney (2018) It's hard to watch young Whitney, knowing what lies ahead, but it seems important to do as the film does: take a moment, and just listen to her sing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/4 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's a pleasure to go along with that ride - to watch Binoche's face lighting up like a flower suddenly blooming, to enjoy Denis' golden light and moody, nostalgic score.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 90% The Gospel According to André (2018) "The Gospel According to André" leaves you wishing you knew a little more about this complex, elegant gentleman and his lifelong love affair with style. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
2/4 49% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The movie too often defaults to people running around screaming - which is, to be fair, the backbone of this franchise, but it gets awfully old here.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/4 55% 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 40% 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 68% 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 98% 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 79% 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
3/4 100% 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 68% 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 85% 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 86% 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 81% 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 84% 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 74% 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 53% 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 90% 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 51% 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