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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 90% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Mostly - as that title deserves - it's a funny, imaginative trip down a high-school rabbit hole, in which we're reminded that catastrophic disasters may come and go but what matters in high school is where you fit on the school's social ranking.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Their Finest (2017) Drenched in a sweet nostalgia that only very rarely tips into sentimentality.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 24% Unforgettable (2017) That "Unforgettable" is watchable, at least before it disintegrates into generic violence near the end, is due to the touches of wit in the directing, and to the two lead performances.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 56% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) Essentially, it's just under two hours of exquisitely art-directed conversation, little of which is especially compelling.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/4 100% Alive and Kicking (2017) Though it adheres to documentary convention by picking out a few competitive swing dancers and following them throughout the film, "Alive and Kicking" keeps dancing off into other areas, and we just hold its hand and follow.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) As I drove home in a car that seemed sadly non-badass, I wondered how long this unlikely yet irresistible franchise might last. Probably as long as it wants to.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 45% Going in Style (2017) I'm hoping that Freeman, Caine and Arkin all have plenty of movies - and meatier roles - in their futures. In the meantime, it's a low-key pleasure to hang out with these guys, even in a movie that's only just good enough.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3.5/4 88% Frantz (2017) "Frantz" is an old-fashioned movie, in the very best of ways.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 90% Raw (2017) A coming-of-age tale like you've never seen, Julia Ducournau's "Raw" left me intrigued, mildly nauseated and extremely curious about what passes for recreation at French veterinary schools.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Ultimately, the movie gets by on the power of its characters' goodness; we want to believe that we, faced with a chance to make a difference, would risk our lives the way Antonina and Jan did.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas brings an elegant tension to Maureen's story... And Stewart lets us see both Maureen's tough shell (she has a brisk, poignant efficiency in her job) and the vulnerable heart that it guards.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Barnes' novel, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, is elevated in a way the movie can't reach; it has a jewellike perfection to it, while the movie's simply quite good.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) My skepticism about the necessity of Disney's live-action remake of its beloved 1991 animated musical "Beauty and the Beast" lasted, oh, about 90 seconds.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
2/4 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) There isn't much of a script here.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) I'll admit to having a pretty good time at "Kong: Skull Island," helped immensely by a very large bag of popcorn ...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) It's a well-meaning film, but you leave wishing for a "Groundhog Day"/"Mean Girls" double feature - and find, very quickly, that you don't remember anything about Sam at all.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) "Get Out" will scare you, make you laugh and perhaps make you uncomfortable. It's supposed to.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3.5/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Oyelowo's Seretse can both deliver a barnburner of a speech and put a gentle world of meaning into a quiet "Thank you, my love"; Pike's Ruth wears her wide-open heart on her face.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/4 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's an interesting movie somewhere inside "A Cure For Wellness," screaming to get out.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Kids will enjoy the vivid colors and clever use of Lego shapes (the characters shake hands by interlocking their pieces), as well as the dialogue, which has the cheery, slapdash feel of having been written by extremely clever 12-year-olds.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/4 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A journey of discovery; a path of words and images, taking us into the lives of four African-American men and into the heart of the civil-rights movement.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) It's one of the most emotionally charged documentaries you'll ever see (I'm tearing up at my desk just at the memory of it, so you can imagine how many tissues it took to actually watch it).‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
1.5/4 25% The Comedian (2017) The camera keeps rolling, and you start pondering what to have for dinner. Maybe the actors are wondering the same thing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2/4 42% Gold (2017) "Gold" is one of those movies that sounds like much more fun than it actually is.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/4 83% Julieta (2016) "Julieta" is filled with Almodóvar's usual attention to vivid color (a turquoise turtleneck worn by young Julieta seems to add notes to the film's moody musical score), and to the ways women talk to each other.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/4 75% Split (2017) Except for a late Shyamalan-ish wink at the audience, "Split" is rarely fun or frightening.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) The drama of Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" takes place in Annette Bening's masterful pauses.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
2.5/4 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/4 87% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/4 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 86% Lion (2016) "Lion" has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 90% Elle (2016) There are several ways you can watch "Elle," only one of which is mildly enjoyable.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" is mesmerizing; a familiar story told from an entirely different angle.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
2.5/4 71% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 41% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" is, I think, a beautiful mess, but I might have to watch it again to be sure.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) You have, I promise, never seen a movie quite like Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 86% Dancer (2016) I gasped, more than once.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/4 92% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016