Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 20% Like a Boss (2020) If "Like a Boss" had a decent screenplay, and was competently directed, it might have been pretty good. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) Despite its flaws, "Just Mercy" is that rarity - a movie that inspires; a story that brings light. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) MacKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, pulling us into the story. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) This "Little Women" purist was moved to tears by this movie, and didn't want it to end. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) You can imagine how other filmmakers might approach this - it's a beautifully cinematic story - but no one else would film it quite as Malick has. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/4 20% Cats (2019) By the final scene, by which my eyebrows were hurting from being raised so high (the winning cat goes to the Heavyside Layer in a chandelier? What is this, "Phantom of the Opera"?), I was just tired. As was "Cats." Meow. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 68% Bombshell (2019) Ultimately, the film's unwillingness to go deeper makes it fall flat. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) As always... Eastwood's very good with actors, and the central trio of "Richard Jewell" make the film worth watching. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 71% The Aeronauts (2019) It's a pretty picture and a sweet adventure, and sometimes that's enough. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 83% Waves (2019) Schultz has a lovely way of telling a just-on-the-verge-of-melodramatic story on a very human level; his camera gets lost in the faces, the flashing sirens, the immediacy of two young people finding a home with each other. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" has a remarkable power. You watch it recognizing the world you know, and wishing you didn't. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) All of this works, for the most part, but only occasionally surprises. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" is a kick. By the time it was finally revealed whodunit, I just wanted to start over and play again. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day" is lifted by a fascinating performance at its center, by a charismatic movie star who just happens to also be a great actor. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Whether you care about motorsports or not, "Ford v Ferrari" is a kick: both a rollicking true story well told, and a moving depiction of male friendship. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is long, to be sure, but it's never less than compelling - Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, all in their mid-to-late-70s, are each carrying a lifetime of work, with practiced ease. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) As a movie, "The Good Liar" is just so-so, but as a master class in performance and star quality, it's a pleasure. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) Its central characters never find much chemistry - Clarke's Kate is a one-note character, which is one note more than Golding's character gets... - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand - and surprise it. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's easily half an hour longer than it needs to be, and it's full of moments that don't go anywhere. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo, like the real-life Tubman, is a tiny woman, barely 5 feet tall, but the forcefulness of her voice and her presence brings "Harriet" to vivid life. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) You'll watch knowing you're in the hands of a master filmmaker... - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Really, the fun of this movie - aside from the glorious and very velvet-forward costumes, by Ellen Mirojnick - is the performances of the two Hollywood pros at its center, both perfectly cast. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) The dialogue is sometimes action-movie awkward, and the characters... never seem more interesting than the format they're wandering in. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy" should soar, but instead, it flatlines. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) Joker is an exploration of what causes a lonely, unhinged man to explode, and it has moments that are riveting. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) What's most appealing about Zellweger's portrayal is the brightness that peeps out from the clouds: her deep love for her children, her sly wit. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Beautiful, eerie and always just a bit out of reach, James Gray's "Ad Astra" is an intriguing if not entirely satisfying space odyssey. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not a great movie, not by any definition, but I happily lapped up every minute. Nice to see you back, Downton; this fan missed you. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) You root for them and for the film, which is over too quickly; you just want to hang with these women a little longer. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Ultimately, "The Goldfinch" feels like a series of often-elegant moments, in service to a story that never quite comes into focus. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) It's a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The film's better than you'd expect from a late-summer offering, mostly due to a strong cast led by the great Oyelowo. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) Is "After the Wedding" a great movie? No, not especially. Are these two women treasures of cinema? Absolutely. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Like Bernadette, the movie's lost; you'll need to read the book to truly find her. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 23% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" - except for one incandescent performance - is as good as it needs to be, but no more. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) "The Art of Racing in the Rain" mostly feels like a sentimental slog, punctuated by (admittedly adorable) very long close-ups of Enzo's handsome doggy face while Costner, all raspy and folksy, intones lines like "I was meant to be his dog." - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) All of this silliness is actually great fun, particularly the bantering chemistry between Johnson and Statham, who spend much of the movie squabbling and calling each other names. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream... - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 98% 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 42% 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 96% 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 75% 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 73% 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 97% 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 23% 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 55% 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