Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Independent , Sight and Sound , Uncut Magazine [UK]
Total Reviews:
330

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 330
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 60% Hercules (2014) " One secret Rattner refuses to divulge is whether this is a full-on spoof or whether he is actually making the film in deadly earnest." — Independent
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " The plotting may be contrived but Zlotowski cranks up the tension effectively enough as Rahim has to deal with both the threat of radiation poisoning and the consequences of his illicit affair." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Given the constraints under which he must have been working, being filmed with motion capture technology and under layers of heavy make-up, Serkis' performance is extraordinarily expressive." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " What could have been a very gooey, toe-curling exercise in self-congratulation is lifted by Shep Gordon himself." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie " [A] cheery but half-baked canine caper." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " Diaz is dealing with primal emotions in a contemplative, visually striking way." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Finding Vivian Maier is a tantalising and utterly fascinating film but one which can't ever quite explain the mystery of Maier." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " The interviewees and even his mother, with whom he was reconciled late in his life, all portray him as a generous and very sweet-natured man." — Independent
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 56% Love Me Till Monday " This is a strangely listless affair, which seems as bereft of energy as its meandering twenty-something protagonists." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 100% Bastards " An extraordinarily intimate and moving portrait." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The filmmakers borrow freely from Avatar, Sword In The Stone and even Brave but they bring enough vigour and imagination to their storytelling to get away with it." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/5 30% Last Love (2013) " The film is a little too soft-centred to do justice to its own themes of bereavement, jealousy and family breakdown." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company " Much of the writing is witty and erudite, and as flamboyant as the visuals. It's just a pity that the film droops markedly as it goes on." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " Keira Knightley plays Greta, a Norah Jones-like singer-songwriter... It's a typically brave performance from an actress who is always prepared to try anything." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " [Linklater] has fashioned a drama that feels far more authentic than any other coming of age movie." — Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/5 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " Felix Herngren's adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's best- selling novel is undermined by a fatal lack of charm." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/5 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " As invigorating and funny now as it was on its original release half a century ago, A Hard Day's Night offers both a perfect showcase for the Beatles and an intriguing snapshot of fast-changing, early-1960s British society." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " This is a French comedy with claws." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/5 24% Tammy (2014) " The film, though, is as erratic as Tammy's driving, veering dangerously from gross-out comedy to rank sentimentality with no real sense of where it is headed." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 67% El Año y la Viña " [A] gently whimsical time-travel yarn." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/5 36% Goddess " [A] cheerful but cheesy Australia-set musical comedy." — Independent
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " Jon Favreau's enjoyable and good-natured farce is a rarity in that (as its title tells us) it takes a chef as its central character and treats his profession with something approaching respect." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 78% Seve " Seve is moving in a way that sports movies rarely are -- and there is also some humour along the way." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " Individual sequences are brilliantly staged and shot but the film still has the feel of a formal exercise and the plot abounds in loose ends." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 26% Walking on Sunshine " The film-makers (who also directed Streetdance) strike a frantic tempo but Walking on Sunshine is still often like treading through treacle." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 58% Keeping Rosy " There is no attempt to make Charlotte remotely sympathetic... This makes it hard to root for her, or to warm to the film in spite of the grimly effective way in which it is constructed." — Independent
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The director McG seems uncertain whether he should concentrate on the action or the family drama." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Klapisch has a tremendous cast and an enjoyably freewheeling approach to his subject matter." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " This engaging French comedy has Fanny Ardant in Mrs Robinson mode as an improbably glamorous retired dentist who has an affair with a younger man." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/5 82% Miss Violence " Miss Violence is a grim tale of family dysfunction that also stands as an allegory about moral and economic decline in Greek society." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 100% Leave To Remain " The subject matter is downbeat but Goodison, helped by a likeable young cast, brings moments of humour and lyricism to the storytelling." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2007) " There is an eerie, ghostly quality to Fei Wu's classic 1948 melodrama." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film slowly turns into the kind of manipulative, lachrymose melodrama that Hazel herself professes to detest." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " This is a difficult film, but made with impressive formal rigour." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood's film version is a classy affair that goes beyond schmaltz and nostalgia (although it has its fair share of both of these.) One of its pleasures is its recreation of post-war America." — Independent
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 33% The Hooligan Factory " Nick Nevern's spoof of football hooligan films doesn't seem that different from the films it is parodying -- but maybe that's the point of the joke." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
4/5 100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded " Toby Amies' fascinating, very touching documentary profiles the eccentric exhibitionist Drako Oho Zarhazar at the end of his life." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " The film, adapted from Reif Larsen's novel, is beautifully shot in the Jeunet manner." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
5/5 100% Of Horses and Men " The Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson's debut feature is a wondrously strange affair, full of beautiful imagery of Icelandic horses set against rugged, frozen backdrops." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " It is a strangely unsatisfactory affair that doesn't quite work either as a documentary-style reconstruction, a brooding thriller or a courtroom drama." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/5 79% 112 Weddings " The film's sometimes downbeat tone can't help but evoke memories of Philip Larkin's The Whitsun Weddings." — Independent
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " With Belle, Asante has succeeded in making a sweeping costume drama that confronts questions of race and gender head on -- something that Merchant Ivory films rarely managed to do." — Independent
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 89% Road " The film-makers do an excellent job of conveying the sheer reckless thrill of racing." — Independent
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Brilliantly observed and very moving." — Independent
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 57% Pluto " A grim cautionary tale." — Independent
Posted Jun 6, 2014
1/5 18% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) " Randomly structured and seemingly semi-improvised, it makes laborious viewing." — Independent
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " E L Katz's film delivers exactly what the title promises. It is a very bloody, very violent fairground ride of a movie that ratchets up the tension as its two hapless anti-heroes compete desperately for money." — Independent
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " For all its self-reflexive jokes, 22 Jump Street is a very traditional affair that offers audiences the same pleasures as Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello or even Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin films." — Independent
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " At its best, Edge Of Tomorrow has the same fatalistic humour that characterised Groundhog Day. At its worst, it is both repetitive and plain ridiculous." — Independent
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " [A] low-key, workmanlike documentary." — Independent
Posted May 30, 2014
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