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Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab
Geoffrey Macnab's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Independent (UK), Sight and Sound, Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 95% Logan (2017) Logan is a Marvel movie with a bit of soul and some true grit. Presumed to be the final outing for Wolverine, it plays more like a late period John Wayne western than it does like a conventional superhero film.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) It is a surprisingly nuanced and barbed look at the American Dream and its flip side. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) One fundamental problem is that John Wick is well-nigh indestructible. That means the element of threat simply isn't there.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) This is an immensely likeable film and one that draws overdue attention to a story that has been neglected for far too long.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Given that it had a huge budget as well as the combined expertise of Hollywood and China behind it, The Great Wall is a surprisingly primitive and clunky affair.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) You won't find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Fifty Shades Darker is an ordeal to watch not because of its gothic eroticism but because of its utter blandness.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) You won't see any other film this year that tries as hard to get under the skin of its characters as Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. That's both its glory and what makes it sometimes such a trial.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) This feels more like a record of a stage performance than a film in its own right. That, though, doesn't lessen its impact in the slightest or take away from the searing brilliance of the two leads.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 94% Prevenge (2016) It is very morbid fare, but Lowe combines the Dario Argento-like bloodletting with a very British, very deadpan wit.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The film is very good at capturing the camaraderie of the soldiers -- and the sometimes desperate way in which they rely on one another.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The LEGO Batman Movie is a tremendously witty and self-reflexive affair that probes far more deeply into the Caped Crusader's wounded psyche than most live-action movies.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 100% Tower (2016) This is a morbid but very original film which manages both to be reflective and dramatic.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) [Jovovich] indestructibility explains why there is so little dramatic tension.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2/5 41% Gold (2017) Is it an anti-capitalist parable or a shaggy dog story? It is never clear what intentions lie behind Stephen Gaghan's new film, which only glitters very intermittently.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Playful and profound by turns, it spins a complex and multi-layered story from what seems to be a simple premise.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Loving is a quiet film but a powerful and uplifting one -- an intimate domestic drama in which the protagonists themselves hardly seem to notice their own historical roles.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best Second World War movies since Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. It is also a wildly contradictory affair, combining folksiness with a pathological quality.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 82% Denial (2016) As a courtroom drama, Denial is always intriguing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 88% Christine (2016) Rebecca Hall gives an excellent performance as Christine, one that captures the character's mix of insecurity and ambition, her extreme reticence and her desire to be liked.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 73% Sing (2016) It's cheery, toe tapping fare that kids are bound to enjoy and that has enough nostalgia and in-jokes to keep the adults happy enough too.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
5/5 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) What's so impressive about T2 is how skilfully it manages to stay true to the spirit of the original while acknowledging just how much has changed in the intervening years.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 86% Lion (2016) The film is moving enough in its own terms but lacks the depth and complexity that might have been expected.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) For much of its running time, the film is tense and genuinely intriguing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
5/5 97% GoodFellas (1990) It hasn't aged in the slightest.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) It's the incongruity of the Jackie Kennedy story told in Pablo Larrain's Jackie that makes the film so compelling.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Live By Night is as clunky in its exposition as it is gorgeous in its craftsmanship.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Blood Wars is the fifth installment in the Underworld series. It is likely to prove largely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't seen the previous four.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) Writer-director Peter Foott fills the film with slapstick and with plenty of scabrous, witty dialogue.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) That Manchester By The Sea is so absorbing is down to Lonergan's painstaking directorial style and to a superb Method-style performance from the lead actor.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/5 95% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2016) Endless Poetry may be uneven but it shows that Jodorowsky's ability to startle us with both his lyricism and his perversity isn't impaired in the slightest.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/5 91% Zero Days (2016) Gibney plays up the thriller elements of his story.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
2/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) A movie that can't work out whether it is a swashbuckling romp or a dystopian sci-fi drama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) In its own demolition derby-like way, the film has a certain outlandish charm. Its script, though, makes no sense whatsoever.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/5 100% Crash and Burn (2016) [Byrne is] an excellent subject for a film - full of colourful anecdotes about his excesses and brattish behaviour but perplexed and pained by his own failure‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Its extraordinary power lies in the interweaving of the fantastical and the everyday.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 33% Operation Chromite (2016) As a film about the political intricacies of the Korean war, it's an utter failure but as a boys' own adventure romp, full of gunfire and explosions, it just about passes muster.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? is a very crude and intermittently very entertaining seasonal comedy that plays like an adult version of Meet The Parents.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) This is a horribly stodgy and misconceived attempt to make a modern-day New York-set equivalent to It's A Wonderful Life.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) Passengers delivers plenty of fairground ride-like spectacle. This, though, doesn't begin to atone for its evasive and equivocal storyline or for the mood of phoney optimism that always prevails, even at the very grimmest moments.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) The Eagle Huntress is a remarkable documentary, one that combines superb National Geographic-style photography with a storyline that plays out like a real-life folktale with a feminist undertow.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 69% The Wedding Plan (2017) The script, though, is witty and sharp in its observations on love, courtship, and wedding parties -- and Michal is one of those screwball heroines you just can't help but root for.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 81% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) Ballerina is at its best in the dancing scenes, which are animated with verve and realism, with every leap and pirouette finely rendered.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 91% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) There are longueurs here but the film has an undeniable quirky charm.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 84% Silence (2017) Garfield and Driver excel as the driven young priests, zealous young idealists who half want to be caught and tortured just so that they can test their faith.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One features stirring action scenes, vivid characterisation and one or two truly eye-popping explosions. Nonetheless, what it lacks is any real originality.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) Stone makes a compelling case that his subject is a hero, not a traitor, and tells his story with a fair amount of cinematic flair. Nonetheless, many elements here are on the clunky side.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) You won't find many documentaries more heart-warming than Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/5 100% The Black Hen (Kalo Pothi) (2015) It appears to be a simple tale about two boys in a remote... rural community on a quest to retrieve a hen that one's father has sold. From such a simple beginning, director Min Bahadur Bham is able to portray an entire society in microcosm.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) What makes [Parker's] film so provocative and so troubling is its absolute refusal to provide its audience with a consolatory ending.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016