Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Independent , Sight and Sound , Uncut Magazine [UK]
Total Reviews:
338

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Showing 1 - 50 of 338
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— Wilde Salomé (2013) " This is an eccentric, Quixotic but highly enjoyable affair." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
5/5 100% Night Will Fall " This is a shocking and moving account of how the Bernstein documentary was shot, edited and shelved." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Magic in the Moonlight feels like the work of a 78-year-old director. If you're prepared to indulge him, though, it is also a film of considerable, playful charm." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4/5 —— A Dangerous Game " Anthony Baxter's follow-up to his 2011 documentary You've Been Trumped is an impassioned and often very funny affair." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 98% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " Forsyth and Pollard's approach is reverential rather than critical but the film is beautifully shot and its impressionistic approach is a welcome antidote to that of most rock docs." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 78% The Riot Club (Posh) " The Danish director Lone Scherfig does a fair job of conveying the brutishness of her protagonists, their sense of entitlement and their vicious snobbery. Laura Wade's script (based on her own play Posh) is very sharply written." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 35% The Giver (2014) " Robert B Weide of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame co-wrote the screenplay but, sadly, none of the debunking wit of that series is found in this solemn, sappy fable." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " The film portrays grimy, late-1990s Brooklyn in atmospheric fashion, throwing in shots of run-down tenements, graffiti-strewn walls, disused parking lots and sprawling cemeteries. The plotting is less assured." — Independent
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 —— Jack to a King - The Swansea Story " This is a real-life sporting fairy-tale that suggests success can still sometimes be achieved in British football without the largesse of absentee foreign owners." — Independent
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 88% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " Hans Petter Moland's icy, Norwegian-set thriller treads an uncomfortable line between hardboiled Nordic noir and tongue-in-cheek humour." — Independent
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " There is no real sense of urgency here. Anton Corbijn's chilly, detached directorial style doesn't help." — Independent
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 71% The Boxtrolls (2014) " There's plenty of Tim Burton-like wit and humour behind the Boxtrolls concept. The film boasts some lively voice work, too. Its problem is a script that is as flat as cardboard. It takes quite a while to work out what is happening or why." — Independent
Posted Sep 12, 2014
5/5 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " Seventy-five years on, it hasn't dated in the slightest." — Independent
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 68% They Came Together (2014) " The film-makers highlight just how formulaic most romcoms are in their attitudes toward everything from race (they're invariably about white couples) to class and such stock types as angry ex-husbands." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 93% The Guest (2014) " This may be a retrograde adolescent wish-fulfilment fantasy, sadistic and violent, but it's also slickly made and has real satirical bite." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The Hundred-Foot Journey is a culinary culture-clash comedy enlivened by fiery performances from Helen Mirren and Om Puri but which, like so many other Lasse Hallström films, slowly turns to gloop the longer it lasts." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
4/5 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " This is a droll and well-observed comedy thriller that recreates the 1970s in convincing fashion while retaining enough of a sense of menace to avoid ever drifting off into whimsy." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Sex Tape is wittier and less smutty than its reputation might suggest." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Fela died in the late 1990s but Gibney has assembled plenty of footage of him performing, and he makes a convincing case for him as both a political and a musical visionary (and a relentless womaniser)." — Independent
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The latest Sin City is a major let-down after the brilliance of the original film in 2005." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " In its own gently comical way, Million Dollar Arm plays up the misunderstandings between Hollywood and India -- as well as the mutual fascination." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 65% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " A grim story involving a missing woman is competently told, but there is no disguising the utterly routine nature of the material." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 91% Mystery Road (2014) " Slow-burning but very powerful." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " The yuckiness here comes from a manipulative and sugary screenplay that makes even the terminally lachrymose The Fault in Our Stars seem dry and restrained by comparison." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Writer-director Robespierre's low-budget comedy-drama is both caustic and heartfelt." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 94% Birdman (2014) " Birdman, though, becomes funnier and more poignant the longer it lasts." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " Reichardt probes away at her characters' motivations and contradictory feelings. She doesn't judge them, but makes it very clear how quickly their idealism becomes muddied once they dirty their hands with direct action." — Independent
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " The film might not be Tarantino's masterpiece but it is his most entertaining and exhilarating effort since Pulp Fiction." — Independent
Posted Aug 23, 2014
4/5 25% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Policeman's Wife) " This is a chilling study of domestic abuse." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " The director Scott Derrickson seems uncertain as to whether he is making an exploitation pic intended to give audiences a few fairground-style thrills and frights, or a William Friedkin-style meditation on the nature of evil." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " Unfortunately, long before the storm has blown itself out, the plot has long since come apart." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 95% Two Days, One Night " The Dardennes' latest feature has an epic quality that belies its small-town setting." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " Its plotting is predictable but Kazan and Radcliffe make a thoroughly engaging double act." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 66% Lucy (2014) " It would be overstating it to suggest that Besson is enjoying a major creative renaissance but Lucy is the best film he has made in a very long time." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
71% God Help the Girl (2014) " The occasional awkwardness of God Help the Girl is part of its considerable charm." — Independent
Posted Aug 22, 2014
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Among the great strengths of The Dark Knight is the way it combines hardboiled naturalism with the kind of stunts and setpieces you expect in summer blockbusters." — Independent
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/5 53% Blood Ties (2014) " In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese." — Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 89% The Notorious Mr. Bout " As the documentary makes clear, those accusing him of misdeeds don't exactly have clean hands themselves." — Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 29% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " The ever-likable Simon Pegg holds together this whimsical but affecting comedy-drama about a London-based psychiatrist pondering the metaphysical meaninglessness of existence." — Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Stallone is the square-jawed hero. Gibson is the square-jawed villain -- and that's about as much story as we get." — Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " The comedy works by a process of attrition. When one gag fails, another follows it until, eventually, the film hits the funny bone." — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " This Disney cartoon is running on empty." — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 92% Lilting (2014) " The writer/director Hong Khaou's chamber piece boasts some wonderful performances from veteran Chinese actress Pei Pei Cheng, Ben Whishaw and the still dapper Peter Bowles." — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 34% God's Pocket (2014) " Its cast features some of Hollywood's most redoubtable character actors, among them Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final appearances before his untimely death earlier this year." — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 73% The German Doctor (2014) " The tone is very different from that of Boys from Brazil-style thrillers. This is a stately art-house drama, well shot in wintry landscapes, which plays like a coming-of-age story." — Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 82% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " Hide Your Smiling Faces is a beautifully shot, highly stylised portrait of American adolescence." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 44% Step Up: All In (2014) " In what is a very uneven film, the director Trish Sie delivers exhilarating musical set-pieces alongside often crass and clumsy characterisation." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 13% A Promise (2014) " Nonetheless, at its best, it has some of the same qualities as Ophüls' [Letter from an Unknown Woman]." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " High kitsch it may be but Mood Indigo is certainly a welcome antidote to the usual terminal illness melodrama." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 33% Blackwood " The film-makers create a genuinely unsettling atmosphere and crank up the tension in effective fashion... Unfortunately, in the final reel, the film lurches into Grand Guignol silliness." — Independent
Posted Aug 1, 2014
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