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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
3/5 33% Live By Night (2017) Live By Night is as clunky in its exposition as it is gorgeous in its craftsmanship. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 18% 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)
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)
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)
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)
Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/5 91% Zero Days (2016) Gibney plays up the thriller elements of his story. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 4, 2017
2/5 17% 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)
Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 32% 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)
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)
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)
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)
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 40% 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)
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)
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)
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)
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 69% The Wedding Plan (2016) 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)
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 87% 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)
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 90% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) There are longueurs here but the film has an undeniable quirky charm. ‐ Independent (UK)
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)
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)
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)
Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) You won't find many documentaries more heart-warming than Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated. ‐ Independent (UK)
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)
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 72% 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)
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) The plotting is threadbare, characterisation is all over the place, and the film's upbeat ending makes no sense whatsoever -- but there are plenty of outrageous gags along the way. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed For This is an enjoyable but very generic and old-fashioned boxing movie. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Edge Of Seventeen does a very fair job of portraying the anguished inner life of its needy adolescent protagonist. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) In its lesser moments, though, the film plays like a bad student revue. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) What impresses most here is the way the filmmakers combine the traditional Disney elements -- the sentimentality, the slapstick and the iridescent animation -- with a storyline rooted in South Sea island myth and culture. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 85% Sully (2016) Sully is the kind of film that Howard Hawks might have made in times gone by. It's a tale of quiet, unfussy heroism; of highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Most of the elements here have been used in countless crime and horror movies before. Kurosawa's originality lies in the sly way he portrays the battle of wits between Nishino and the criminal psychologist on his tail. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/5 77% Magnus (2016) Ree convinces us that Magnus is indeed a prodigy but, even so, his rise to the top surely can't have been quite as straightforward as the film suggests. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 50% Mum's List (2016) The encounters with doctors and the hospital scenes are often chilling. Nonetheless, there is a plodding sentimentality and predictability here which stop the film from having the emotional kick that might have been expected. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 83% I Am Bolt (2016) At times, I Am Bolt makes for very rousing viewing. However, there is a dispiriting sense here that the filmmakers don't have full control of their own movie. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch proves that it is possible to make a film in which the everyday can be turned into something mysterious and even transcendent. This a quiet film but ultimately a very rewarding one. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 76% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Visually striking but often very pretentious and increasingly distasteful. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) This mind-bending Japanese animated film is very ingeniously scripted and works in multiple dimensions. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Jim Jarmusch's film about Iggy Pop and the Stooges has all the familiar ingredients but Jarmusch is an accomplished enough director to move the material onto another plane. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) Like Kieslwoski, Wasilewski is looking for the drama in the everyday and is homing in on his characters, observing their eccentricities and their yearnings. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Schrader won't win any awards for Dog Eat Dog but it certainly qualifies as a guilty pleasure. Dafoe and Cage enjoy themselves hugely as the low-grade, "nickel-and-dime" career criminals dreaming of the payday that will never come. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 82% Indignation (2016) Schamus shows just how easily a life can unravel. That's what makes Indignation such grim but poignant viewing. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This is rousing filmmaking that combines astonishing special effects with plenty of humour and pathos. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) It is, however, a heartfelt and painstaking attempt at dealing in filmic terms with the complex and ambiguous subject matter of the book. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 85% Francofonia (2016) This is graceful and provocative filmmaking. It works both as art history and as an account of wartime Paris under German occupation. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) This is a slow moving but insightful film without a hint of prurience about it. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2/5 41% 100 Streets (2017) Given the talent involved, 100 Streets can't help but seem disappointing. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 93% Napoléon (1929) Seen on the big screen in its new digitally cleaned up version with its Carl Davis score, Abel Gance's 1927 masterpiece Napoleon is a truly startling experience. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) The result is a film that, in spite of its title, simply doesn't add up properly. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) This documentary is in keeping with its subject. It is low key, amiable and informative. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) If you're partial to cats and don't mind a bit of saccharine with your social realism, it's the kind of movie to leave you purring in approval. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2016