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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% The Florida Project (2017) You feel as if you've slipped inside of Moonee's enchanted world, while at the same time seeing the harsh reality of Halley's. That contrast is devastating, right up to a final sequence that's sure to break your heart in two.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1.5/4 9% The Snowman (2017) The first half-hour in particular feels like there's no plot at all, just a highlights reel of Random Norwegian Crime Films In Which Everything Is Ominous and Everyone Looks Really Cold.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 61% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) One of those films that's as good as it needs to be, but no better.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 78% Loving Vincent (2017) "Loving Vincent" is almost too beautiful for its own good; I found myself, too often, so dazzled by the form that I quite forgot about the content.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3.5/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Robinson tells this very unusual love story with nostalgic charm, never hitting any of her notes too hard.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) Never underestimate the power of a courtroom drama: the ringing questions, the preening lawyers, the dramatic pauses, the clicking of puzzle pieces fitting together, the ultimate belief in justice for all.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3.5/4 95% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) As with all of Wiseman's films, the whole is so very much greater than the sum of its parts.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/4 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) In the hands of lesser actors I shudder to think of what a slog "The Mountain Between Us" might be, with its endless catastrophes and near-deaths and melodramatic declarations.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/4 67% Victoria & Abdul (2017) This film - which is, we're told, "based on real events - mostly" - tells of how the elderly queen got her groove back, so to speak.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3.5/4 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The pace is swift, and the '70s setting is rich: the throbbing soundtrack, the retro click of a telephone dial, the bright colors and pageantry of the match.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
1.5/4 17% Friend Request (2017) Evil is trending, indeed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 96% Stronger (2017) "Stronger," ultimately, leaves its audience feeling a little stronger; we fall with Jeff, and we stand with him.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/4 69% mother! (2017) "mother!," for this viewer, felt long and punishing; artful yet self-sabotaging, eventually crumbling. I never looked away - but I never want to see it again.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 31% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Even its title feels kind of off-brand, as if chosen for alliteration rather than art or sense.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/4 31% Home Again (2017) Watch this film for some turn-off-your-brain prettiness. Be prepared, however, to rethink all your kitchen choices afterward.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1.5/4 9% Tulip Fever (2017) It's all instantly forgettable. Except for the tulips - which, for the record, look stellar.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) That's the pleasure of the uneven but enjoyable "Trip" movies, of which this is the third installment: For better or worse, it's almost like being at that table.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/4 89% Good Time (2017) Pattinson keeps you interested, even when the movie's tone and pace wobbles.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) You won't remember "Ingrid Goes West" for long after it's over, but as summer diversions go, you could do much worse.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh keeps the action light and playful, and lets the cast members find their own silliness within it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Walls' book tells her story crisply, without sentiment; Cretton's film, up to those final credits, does the interpreting for us, and the result is sometimes jarring.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan, the screenwriter behind "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water," writes dialogue that's lean yet rich, and gives the actors time to let their words hang in that cold air.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
1.5/4 35% Kidnap (2017) "Kidnap" has a tossed-together sameness to it, like a salad made up only of tired lettuce.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 82% Detroit (2017) Bigelow has a way of making scripted drama feel like an utterly gripping newsreel.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2.5/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) While it's still an enjoyable novelty to spend time during an action movie wondering where I could buy the hero's boots, it's no substitute for a good story.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Pugh, a young newcomer with just a tiny handful of film credits, gives a performance of rare ferocity.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
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 89% 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 17% 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 92% 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 88% 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 93% 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 91% 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 77% 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
95% 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 88% 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 84% 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 45% 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 45% 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