Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian [UK] , Independent , Sight and Sound , Uncut Magazine [UK]
Total Reviews:
188

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Showing 1 - 50 of 188
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " Knight elicits an exceptional performance from Hardy as a man whose extraordinary self-discipline belies his seething inner turmoil." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 53% The Sea " The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Magic Magic is skewered on the horns of a dilemma, uncertain whether it's a horror film or a psychological drama -- and it doesn't work especially well as either." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 100% Arrugas (Wrinkles) " The film has a defiance and humour reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's far more uplifting than its subject matter might suggest." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/5 27% The Love Punch (2014) " There are some guffaws and the actors look as if they're enjoying the Riviera locations, but dignity is in short supply." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 100% We Are the Best! (2014) " What makes it so special is its mix of barbed humour, tenderness and its Adrian Mole-like insights into what teenage years are really like." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/5 76% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " For all its attractive elements, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is hoary, unconvincing fare. The cobwebs are beginning to show." — Independent
Posted Apr 18, 2014
92% Calvary (2014) " There is a strong whiff of Beckett-like absurdism and bleak humour in the film, which benefits from a performance of wonderfully droll dignity and bemusement from Brendan Gleeson as a priest confronting his mortality." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
80% The Raid 2 (2014) " It is adolescent male wish- fulfillment fantasy of the most retrograde kind but, as action cinema, the Jakarta-set thriller The Raid 2 is riveting fare." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 100% Le Roi et l'oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) (2003) " There's a delicacy and lyricism, a handcrafted quality here not found in contemporary, CGI-animated features." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
41% The Quiet Ones (2014) " An enjoyably half-baked foray into the paranormal." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 41% Pioneer " This murky Scandinavian conspiracy thriller about deep-sea divers during the Norwegian oil boom of the 1980s suffers from a plot so convoluted that it makes The Big Sleep look straightforward." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " This sci-fi drama begins promisingly but loses its way in the Martian dust." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " This is a real charmer of a film: a wry and gently comic Mumbai-set drama with a level of quiet observation that rekindles memories of Bill Forsyth in his prime." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Ejiofor's role might not be as gruelling as his turn in 12 Years a Slave but he gives a nuanced and powerful performance as another character whose certainties about his life are undermined by brute circumstance." — Independent
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " Biblical epics don't come any more soggy or bombastic than Darren Aronofsky's Noah." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Mark Cousins' essay on children and cinema is playful and profound." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
88% The Double (2014) " It is a stylised and idiosyncratic affair, combining deadpan humour with a real sense of existential terror." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 80% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " The film lacks a real sense of menace or conviction." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " There is enough colour, wit and inventiveness here to make this acceptable enough Easter holiday fare for children and adults alike." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 73% The Motel Life (2013) " The rambling plot may resemble a lyric from a mawkish country song but the film-makers bring an engaging mix of tenderness and grit to the downbeat material." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 68% Visitors (2014) " For all its beauty -- and in spite of Glass's majestic music -- the effect is bewildering." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 40% Divergent (2014) " This is a slickly made, energetic teen sci-fi yarn, let down by its derivative and schematic storyline." — Independent
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 38% The Fold " Unconvincing in the extreme." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 89% Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus " Absurdist dramas staged with grace and ingenuity, these "dangerous acts" draw attention in eloquent and very affecting fashion to the plight of Lukashenko's victims." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " [Soloway] delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 77% The Borderlands (2014) " Low-budget horror films based around found footage began to seem outdated not long after The Blair Witch Project but this British excursion into the form is surprisingly enjoyable." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " There is plenty of brash, Mel Brooks-style humour here but the plotting becomes increasingly soporific and repetitive." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " 20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " From Scarlett Johansson's wonderfully sultry femme fatale Black Widow to Robert Redford's self-satisfied politician and Samuel L Jackson's tough and sardonic Nick Fury, the film benefits from performances that combine camp with conviction." — Independent
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 71% Plot for Peace " This documentary prises out French (but Algerian-born) businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier into the light and reveals the remarkable role he played in the end of apartheid." — Independent
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem " At least, the director's imagination remains as freeflowing and fervent as ever." — Independent
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/5 78% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " The trajectory of the film is predictable and the ending is horribly maudlin, but Butler makes his points about masculinity, trust and friendship in droll enough fashion." — Independent
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 33% Back to the Garden " The problem is that the protagonists are so unengaging." — Independent
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " The characterisation and plotting are as crude as the car chases are slick." — Independent
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/5 98% The Invisible War (2012) " The film works both as advocacy and as a very moving study of women (and one or two men) whose idealism and patriotism have been utterly shattered." — Independent
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/5 13% Bullet " Low-budget action thrillers don't come with any less velocity than Bullet." — Independent
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " Brilliantly directed by Kotcheff, the film has the disorienting and menacing quality of Joseph Losey films such as Accident and The Servant." — Independent
Posted Mar 7, 2014
5/5 100% Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946) " Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking." — Independent
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " Singer captures intimate moments in the lives of his subterranean protagonists in their strange, crepuscular world." — Independent
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 100% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) " The film is remarkably faithful to Eastwood's version. It carries on a long tradition of exchange between Westerns and Japanese samurai films that stretches back to Kurosawa and Sergio Leone." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " As buddy movies go, this is strictly formulaic fare but it elicits a few laughs along the way thanks to the relentless goofing of Kevin Hart." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 79% Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014) " Don Argott's documentary about the heavy-metal band Lamb of God would have been a conventional rock doc if it had not been for a tragic incident at one of the band's concerts in Prague in 2010." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 87% Funny Face (1957) " What is startling here is the eye-popping colour, the self-reflexive photography and visual effects, the dance sequences (Fred Astaire with his umbrella), and the witty and ingenious use of the Paris locations." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Some of the film is gruesome in the extreme but there is always lyricism and pathos alongside the bloodletting." — Independent
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 28% The Taste of Money (2013) " The director seems uncertain whether he is making a slow-burning character drama or a satirical gangster movie about modern-day Seoul's answer to the Borgias." — Independent
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " [Director Alan Taylor] is helped by Tom Hiddleston's sleekly malevolent performance as Thor's untrustworthy brother Loki, a more engaging and complex figure than Chris Hemsworth's monosyllabic Thor." — Independent
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " The film's attempts to expose flaws in the criminal justice system or give insights into the war against terror seem superficial, but Closed Circuit is entertaining in a sub-Hitchcock way." — Independent
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 100% A World Not Ours " Mahdi Fifel's poignant documentary about everyday life in Ain el-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, offers a very different insight to that given in news reports." — Independent
Posted Feb 21, 2014
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