Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 99% Maiden (2019) A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream... - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 100% The Farewell (2019) It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 43% Stuber (2019) Ultimately, despite Nanjiani's best efforts, it's a disposable fast-car summer movie, neither terrible or good, for those biding their time before the next "Fast & Furious" installment. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [W]hen it's over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 76% Halston (2019) Directed by Frederic Tcheng, who's made a specialty of chic fashion-designer documentaries, this film celebrates Halston's work but shows more interest in the man - and the unexpected corporate drama - behind it. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 71% Lost & Found (2019) By the end of "Lost & Found," you feel as if you've spent some time in that Irish town - and that you've lost just a little something when it's over. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Did we really need another "Toy Story" movie? Turns out we did. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
1.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Of everyone on screen, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones come off best in "Men in Black: International." Because they're not actually in the movie. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) "The Dead Don't Die" isn't just deadpan - it's dead. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) If only real workplaces were like this - but, in the company of Thompson and Kaling, it's a lot of fun to think so. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's raunchy yet adorable high-school comedy "Booksmart" understands a basic truth: For so many former teenage girls, your first love is your high-school best friend. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) It's a haunting, heartbreaking story, told by a movie that never quite makes a case for itself to exist. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 48% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) It's all quite wistfully romantic, and mostly winningly so, despite the sometimes wise-way-beyond-their-years dialogue and not always plausible plot. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1.5/4 14% The Hustle (2019) I wished I'd stayed home and re-watched "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - maybe as a double feature with "Ocean's 8" - instead. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 65% The White Crow (2019) It's a movie full of small pleasures, such as the Polaroid-ish softness of the cinematography, Fiennes' quietly noble performance as Nureyev's mentor Pushkin, and the glimpses of the ballet studios... - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 31% The Intruder (2019) There's exactly one good jump-scare, which probably would have caused me to drop my popcorn if I hadn't finished it already; otherwise it's fairly uninspired. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Whoever came up with the idea of pairing Theron and Rogen needs to be put in charge of casting all Hollywood comedies. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 30% Red Joan (2019) Dench, in her limited screen time, gives us tantalizing hints of who this weary-looking woman, slumped by the weight of secrets, might be. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Oh yes indeed. "Avengers: Endgame" brought it. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) While the style of the movie works against the seriousness of that message just a bit, it still gets through. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 65% Peterloo (2019) "Peterloo" takes its time, giving us little by way of explanation and grounding but creating, in its bits and pieces, a vivid and coherent world. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Franklin died last year, but her voice lives on in anyone who's heard it. In this joyous, unforgettable film, she'll never grow old. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 46% Little (2019) Martin - who at age 10 came up with and pitched the idea for this movie (she's now 14) - carries this movie on her small, resolute shoulders. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) This movie is basically "Big" with a superhero. Need I say anything more? That premise already has you in the popcorn line, right? - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) "The Aftermath" is a lot of pretty mush. Or, rather, it's like suds; its lovely bubbles pop, leaving nothing behind. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) While the movie doesn't entirely do justice to its ambitious theme - it gets a little stuck in chase-and-attack mode for too long, and its final scenes are a bit opaque - it's always surprising and completely gripping. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) You can see Gloria's bad decisions coming from across the street, but it doesn't matter: The pleasure of "Gloria Bell," whether or not you've seen "Gloria," is watching Moore wrap herself in the role like a soft shawl. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Like its tough, smart heroine, "Captain Marvel" dances to its own beat; it's an origin story that isn't structured as an origin story but gets there all the same. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) There's a lovely sense, throughout the film, of how real life sometimes interrupts things, the way a child's prattling disrupts the pretty wedding ceremony, or how even in the midst of grief breakfast must be made. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/4 60% Greta (2019) With one exception, everything about Neil Jordan's quick, tidy horror film "Greta" is disappointingly mundane. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Resist it at your peril. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" both spoofs rom-com conventions and embraces them; it's a tricky balance, but it doesn't fall off the wire. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) This film makes for a compelling hour and a half; you know where it's going, but you never quite believe it'll actually get there. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 44% What Men Want (2019) Shankman gives it all an agreeable bounce, and Henson zestfully dives into the comedy. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's a bunch of plastic blocks that have an adventure, and it's basically insane; not quite as pleasantly so as the first movie (the element of astonished surprise isn't there), but hey, that's a high bar. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) You see Gina Rodriguez's infectious, light-up-the-sky smile only a couple of times in "Miss Bala," and it's just enough to make you wish that she were in a different movie. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/4 20% Serenity (2019) This is a movie that has tuna in its head. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) When it's not trying too hard, "Stan & Ollie" is itself a sweetly charming good time. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cinematographer Lukasz Zal finds a chilly, etched beauty in every frame; you're struck by how snow seems to stroke and soften a harsh landscape, and by the poignancy of wind ruffling the grass in a quiet field. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 20% The Aspern Papers (2019) "The Aspern Papers," brief as it is, needed more of a lightness of touch; if you weigh down melodrama too much, it dies. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins lets the story unfold slowly and patiently, giving his actors room to tell their own quiet stories. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2.5/4 66% Vice (2018) "Vice" is quite watchable; it zips along quickly, and the cast around chameleon Bale is strong. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) While the structure occasionally feels a bit awkward, "On the Basis of Sex" has the kind of crowd-pleasing story that skims over any minor shortcomings; by its end, you're ready to cheer. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
2.5/4 46% Second Act (2018) It's a pleasant enough diversion, helped along immensely by Lopez's warm screen presence and by a first-rate Sassy Best Friend performance by Leah Remini. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 82% Ben is Back (2018) Roberts... takes hold of this movie like a lamppost in the winter darkness. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt, holding the movie in her impeccably gloved hands, makes Mary Poppins her own. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Every one of master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies breaks your heart in a different way. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Every movie that has Saoirse Ronan in it works, to the extent that it has Saoirse Ronan in it. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The real fun here is in the three central performances, each of which threatens to steal the film - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna," though short, runs out of ideas - but not of fake blood - long before its ending. Nice spurting, though. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018