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Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" becomes a delicate, moving study of grief, of quiet triumph over adversity, of adjusting to life's empty spaces - and learning to fill them with love.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 82% Game Night (2018) "This will be a game night to remember," intones a character, early on in the film; this isn't true, as I've already forgotten most of this movie despite having taken notes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 50% The Lodgers (2018) "The Lodgers" is never particularly scary, or even logical, but it's always gorgeous to look at; you can see where it's going, but you might not mind watching it go there.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/4 81% Early Man (2018) It's well-crafted and enjoyable. You'll laugh, more than once, but you might not remember why the next day.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler is a young filmmaker - this is just his third feature, following "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed" (two fine and very different films) - but he marshals this world with confidence and flair.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4/4 93% Big Sonia (2017) Filmed with great respect and palpable love for its subject, "Big Sonia" is one of those documentaries that seems to bring its own light - just like the woman at its center.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Johnson and Dornan's performances are wooden and their chemistry nonexistent (particularly in the movie's more-of-the-same sex scenes), but think of it all as ultra-deadpan entertainment and it kind of works.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) You watch "Winchester" thinking about the movie that might have been, and wishing that those ghosts would transport Mirren into that movie, immediately.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/4 84% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" casts a remarkable spell; it wraps around you, like a delicately scented cashmere shawl woven from music and color and astonishing faces.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) It is, for much of its running time, undeniably entertaining.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/4 88% The Post (2018) "The Post" tells of a great moment in journalism - and a great moment in one remarkable woman's life.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/4 88% El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014) The result is a stylish, inventive film that kept me intrigued, even as its story twisted so mightily I feared it might snap.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) "Molly's Game" could have been a terrific movie if Sorkin could have edited out 20-30 minutes; as it is, it's a good movie overstuffed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It's just the same movie over and over, until the end of time and everybody dies, in which case "Pitch Perfect 45: A-Ca-Wait-Are-We-Dead?" might be a thing.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Movie musicals walk a tricky tightrope - all that singing can be magical, or it can just be silly - and "The Greatest Showman" teeters, all too often.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The film's an impressive accomplishment, on several levels.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/4 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Slowly, as if in a delicate tango, the two move toward each other, and "Call Me By Your Name" becomes the story of a connection, both sexual and emotional.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) "Downsizing" runs out of steam long before it's over.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour" is a straightforward, day-by-day depiction of world-changing events, told with meticulous simplicity.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) You never know where "The Shape of Water" is going. But, like water, you let it engulf you and sweep you away.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
1.5/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) It's just a bad movie; a flat melodrama in which some lovely camerawork and a ferocious central performance from Winslet can't conceal the rote tiredness of it all.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 92% Thelma (2017) It's chilly in Oslo, and in this movie; the better to sneak up on you quietly, like an unexpected shiver.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/4 99% Jane (2017) It's most evocative as a memorable portrait of a woman, both in youth and late life, who always knew what she wanted - and who, in doing so, helped make the world a better place.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/4 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) What a treat it is to see this great actor, after almost 40 years in movies, give a performance that feels both utterly unexpected and completely true.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 87% Novitiate (2017) In Leo, it presents a remarkable portrait of a complex woman struggling with forces beyond her control.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand, carrying the movie on blue-denimed shoulders, is a wonder.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
3/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A cheerily uneven but enjoyable adaptation of Agatha Christie's blockbuster novel.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) As an actor, Gerwig has shown an enchantingly light touch; she brings that to her work as director, as "Lady Bird" skims along happily, showing us moments both crucial and trivial in a teenage girl's life.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
1.5/4 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) What does it say about "A Bad Moms Christmas" that the funniest line in it is uttered by Kenny G?‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) None of us doubted that Cate Blanchett would make a kickass comic-book-movie villain, did we?‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
2.5/4 69% Wonderstruck (2017) A sweet, gentle story of two children connecting across time.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
2.5/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It's the kind of movie that you watch with two simultaneous emotions: fascination, and the desire to leave immediately. I'm glad, mostly, that I didn't give in to the second, but I'm still pondering exactly how Lanthimos pulled off the first.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) The film puts its viewers through a wringer and through a journey, right up to its final glimpse of a soldier, though long returned, finally beginning to come home.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
3.5/4 96% 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 7% 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 64% 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 84% 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 96% 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 41% 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 66% 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 85% 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 15% Friend Request (2017) Evil is trending, indeed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 91% 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 28% 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 32% 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