Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Independent , Sight and Sound , Uncut Magazine [UK]
Total Reviews:
280

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 280
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " [A] low-key, workmanlike documentary." — Independent
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 91% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad is simply reflecting the ever-changing nature of his characters' daily lives in a fraught and strange environment in which betrayal has become endemic." — Independent
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Like Emil Jannings in thrall to Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, Amalric's director is a figure of comedy and pity -- and seems to relish his own sexual humiliation at the hands of this unlikely Venus." — Independent
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 89% Downhill " Torben Betts' screenplay for this engaging, quintessentially British road/rambling movie combines knockabout comedy with surprisingly bleak observations about the way the men's lives have all veered off course." — Independent
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " The film is never quite as scary as might have been anticipated. At least, there are plenty of incidental pleasures along the way." — Independent
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Between the slapstick, pointless celebrity cameos, in-jokes and steady stream of feeble puns, the violence is surprisingly graphic." — Independent
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 50% Welcome To New York " Welcome to New York is squalid and joyless fare. Depardieu's performance doesn't achieve tragic grandeur but it is far more complex and moving than seemed remotely possible in the orgy scenes that open the movie." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " Jimmy's Hall is is one of the sunniest, most optimistic films in the Ken Loach canon." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
3/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Taken as a whimsical but fiery romantic comedy, it has easily enough charm to get away with its own idiosyncrasies." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill, comes across as an inspirational figure in Sini Anderson's rousing documentary." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
3/5 58% Heli (2014) " The director Amat Escalante shows plenty of visual flair but his detached, matter-of-fact approach to the suffering endured by his protagonists becomes alienating." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
3/5 68% Beyond the Edge (2014) " The film makes us admire him but there is little here of the excitement, pathos and despair that you find in the stories of climbers such as George Mallory and Joe Simpson." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 56% Maps to the Stars " It has some of the satirical flavour of Nathanael West's Day Of The Locust and some of the warped, dream-like feel of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive." — Independent
Posted May 23, 2014
2/5 41% In Secret (2014) " The problem is that audiences are likely to become as fed up with the murderous lovers (Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen) as they become with each other." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
5/5 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " Mike Leigh's biopic of JMW Turner is a rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " This may be a romanticised account but it makes a persuasive case for its subject and makes us understand why, before his fall from grace, he was so adored by every rung of Italian society." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 76% Concussion (2013) " Stacie Passon's drama is like Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour without much of the humour or surrealism." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 84% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Its richness lies in the complexity of its characterisation." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 95% Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964) " Yasujiro Ozu's final film, re-released in a restored version, is a stately, slow-burning but very moving family drama." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia Zhangke's brilliantly observed A Touch of Sin paints a bleak and violent picture of a contemporary China in which corruption is endemic." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The problem here is an absurdly convoluted screenplay that leaps back and forth in time in a manner that is both confusing and increasingly irritating." — Independent
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " For all its seeming superficiality, this is a film of considerable formal sophistication." — Independent
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " It's all fun in its own (by now) very far-fetched way but reinforces the sense that Godzilla movies will never fully be able to transcend their own innate, cheesy preposterousness." — Independent
Posted May 14, 2014
4/5 100% American Interior " Rhys is a droll raconteur who sees the absurdity both in his own quest and that of John Evans before him." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 100% Advanced Style " Fashion docs are often shallow in the extreme but this one is as much about fighting back against the ravages of time as it is about air kissing -- and is all the stronger as a result." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 80% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) " There is some beautiful imagery along the way but the conceit seems forced." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 88% Frank (2014) " For all its dissonances, Frank is provocative and affecting." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " It is worth remembering that John Wayne, an actor almost as inexpressive as he is, did much of his finest work at the tail end of his career. Sadly, post-gubernator Arnie hasn't yet found his equivalents to True Grit or El Dorado." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " Auteuil, looking jowly and weatherbeaten, brings bafflement and pathos to his role as the man suddenly consumed by self-loathing." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema." — Independent
Posted May 9, 2014
1/5 19% Tarzan (2014) " The animation is efficient but bland. The characters have all the expressiveness of plastic dolls." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
1/5 7% Plastic " A nasty streak of casual sexism runs through an already unpleasant and absurdly far-fetched film." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 65% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " This is a well-observed drama, which acknowledges the war photographer's selfishness as well as her courage and single-mindedness." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 89% Willow Creek (2014) " Willow Creek is yet another found-footage horror film but it's a fresh and engaging one, combining tongue-in-cheek humour with some genuinely creepy moments." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
5/5 94% Paths of Glory (1957) " A reminder both of [Kubrick's] extraordinary formal virtuosity and his powers as a satirist." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Sharply directed and with effective comic performances from Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, it has a wit and even an occasional tenderness that belie its near-constant crudity." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A very bloody film noir, directed with tremendous ingenuity by Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin benefits from its pared-down style and macabre humour." — Independent
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 100% Looking for Light: Jane Bown " The doc deals sensitively with the extraordinary circumstances of her childhood and features illuminating contributions from journalists and fellow photographers." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 —— The Informant (Gibraltar) " The film may be set in the sunny Mediterranean but its interiors are as darkly lit as those in any film noir." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) " The film is also grimly compelling on a dramatic level as an account of a family struggling desperately for survival." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 50% We Are The Freaks " [We get] the nagging feeling that the film-makers, like their protagonists, aren't at all sure where they are going or why." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 83% Tracks (2014) " Tracks is a stirring and beautifully shot account of the author Robyn Davidson's real-life journey by camel across the Australian outback." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " The plotting is predictable, the cameo from Nicki Minaj is pointless and some of the humour is sadistic in the extreme, but the film yields at least a few chuckles along the way." — Independent
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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 50% 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 96% Wrinkles (2014) " 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 26% 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 97% 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 53% 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
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