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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2017) "Restless Creature" isn't a mere celebration of a great artist; it's a moving portrait of what happens when that artist confronts the possibility of not being able to make that art any more.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
3/4 88% Girls Trip (2017) A raunchy, good-hearted celebration of friendship; as funny as it needs to be, and possibly funnier.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) You disappear inside of it and it changes you, as all great movies do.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
1.5/4 21% Wish Upon (2017) The people who populate "Wish Upon" ... seem to have the brains God gave Diet Coke.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 91% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) Along the way, some treasure is mined from the film's numerous speakers, all of whom seemed happily enamored with their work.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/4 90% Maudie (2017) What shines through is the beauty of Guy Godfree's cinematography - the light has a lovely, soft stillness to it, like a painting - and a remarkable performance by Hawkins, whose impossibly wide smile seems to bring the sun.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Mostly, the movie works for the reason that all the best rom-coms do: you fall in love, a little bit, with Kumail and Emily, and want them to stay together.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The actors pitch their roles perfectly: Kidman's breathy calm; Farrell's charm, just hinting at something dark within it; Fanning's way of prettily arranging herself, showing off Alice's newfound power; Dunst's quiet melancholy.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Just what you want a summer movie to be.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Roberto Bolle: The Art of Dance (2016) Francesca Pedroni's documentary tells us little about the charismatic ballet star at its center, focusing instead on dance performance. But oh, those performances, captured at a series of historic Italian outdoor amphitheaters. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 89% A Ghost Story (2017) This is really about the quiet life of a ghost, haunting a house where contentment once lived. Bring patience - and a fondness for Malick-ish stillness - and perhaps find reward. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) Nothing terribly novel here, but director Brett Haley has assembled a strong cast and a generous spirit, and Elliott has a way of finding poetry in silent gaze, speaking his lines as if written on velvet. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/4 100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) Those fascinated by the art of animation will find much to ponder here - the hand-drawn brush strokes, the lush colors, the way just a few quickly sketched lines suddenly take vivid life.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Step (2017) The film is inspiring and funny and lovely, and you may find the words of one of the girls lingering: "If you come together with a group of powerful women, the impact will be immense."‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 100% Food Evolution (2017) It's a compelling argument, in a film that may well change a few minds - or at least inspire some heartfelt post-screening arguing. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 100% Chavela (2017) This tuneful portrait of Chavela Vargas, "born singing" in 1919 Costa Rica, admiringly explores her impact on the world of Mexican music as an out lesbian ... a charismatic figure and a great artist.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Quiet revelations and fleeting poetry - a lottery ticket, we're reminded, is a piece of a dream - pleasingly ensue. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's a film filled with unexpected beauty: the "wishing lanterns" that giddy guests send up into the night sky; the vision of an exquisite, cloud-flecked dawn on the morning after; the frequent, steady close-ups of Hayek's eyes, as they slowly harden.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) This is a two-hour movie that would probably have worked better at 90 minutes. But it's a quietly competent film and a good story ...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz and the cinematography (by Mike Eley) are both better than they need to be; as for the rest, you've seen it before, but you might well enjoy another round.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Suffering Sappho! Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" is that rarity: a superhero movie with a heart.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/4 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) "Paris Can Wait" isn't exactly a feast, but it's a snack worth having.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
1.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Dead men may tell no tales, but bored audience members do. Open bar, anyone? Can we toast the end of this franchise? Please?‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/4 48% Everything, Everything (2017) "Thinking is overrated," says Olly at one point; it's probably the best philosophy with which to approach this film.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 86% The Lovers (2017) Letts has some fine moments, but it's Winger who really brings the color to this movie, creating a woman filled with disappointment and passion and wit, taking a small-scale comedy of manners to a darker, richer place.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 35% Snatched (2017) "Snatched" is one of those movies that feels like a rough draft of itself.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
1.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Did I actually see "King Arthur" the other night? Or was it all just a very loud dream?‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere, who somehow seems to make himself physically smaller here, creates a character both infuriating and endearing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Stick with it, and keep your eyes on Nixon; a still, gentle-voiced presence whose eyes glow like blue embers.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 50% The Dinner (2017) Though the screenplay is unsatisfying (the boys remain an enigma), the film's strength is its cast, and each of them finds moments of truth.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 85% 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 88% 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 26% 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 60% 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 46% 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 90% Frantz (2017) "Frantz" is an old-fashioned movie, in the very best of ways.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 91% 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 60% 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 20% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) There isn't much of a script here.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 76% 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 67% 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 42% 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