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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
2/5 62% The House That Jack Built (2018) Being a serial killer is a drag. That is one of the main insights from Lars von Trier's morbid new feature.‐ Independent (UK)
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77% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Half a century on, her allure hasn't faded at all.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 70% Aquaman (2018) It is rousing fare, made with enough conviction for it to get away with its moments of extreme kitsch silliness. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
100% The Blue Black Hussar (2013) Jack Bond's engaging documentary about Adam Ant's comeback after years of mental health problems is helped immeasurably by its subject's rapport with Bond.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) [Redford's] scenes with Spacek in particular are beautifully played and have just enough bite and irony to avoid slipping into mushy nostalgia.‐ Independent (UK)
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4/5 90% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) In spite of its lengthy running time, this latest feature from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one of his most accessible.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Director Wardle and his team have an astonishing story to tell. They tackle it in relatively conventional and restrained fashion with talking head interviews, one or two dramatic reconstructions and clever use of archive.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) What makes it such an enrapturing experience is the tenderness, humour and detail [director Hirokazu] Kore-eda brings to his material.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 83% Disobedience (2018) Brilliantly directed by the Chilean-Argentine Sebastián Lelio, Disobedience is very different from typical British realist drama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) You see it coming. The same goes for much of the dialogue. Even so, this is an enjoyable and rousing affair that wins you over by the sheer process of attrition.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) After a clumsy beginning, the story quickly builds up momentum. It has a likeably self-deprecating performance from Taron Egerton as Robin and a wonderfully sneering and malevolent one from Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The film boasts an astonishing level of visual detail and inventiveness.‐ Independent (UK)
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4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) In a directorial debut of immense promise, [director Paul Dano] never makes the obvious decision, instead trying to get under the skin of his characters.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 57% The Grinch (2018) The new film is delightful in parts although curmudgeonly viewers may feel as negatively about its unbridled sentimentality as its own main character does about yuletide celebrations in general.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
11% Deception (2008) As the double-crosses come thick and fast, it's hard to retain much curiosity about or sympathy for any of the film's duplicitous protagonists.‐ Sight and Sound
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4/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Even when it stumbles, you can't help but admire its epic scale and the sheer scope of its ambition.‐ Independent (UK)
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3/5 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) As a thriller, it barely works at all but as a fairground ride-style fantasy melodrama, it still has its moments.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked is a story about middle-age disappointment and disillusionment... Even so, the film still somehow plays like an upbeat romcom, squeezing all the humour and optimism it can from such an unpromising premise.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Bits are good, bits are bad and quite a lot is plain baffling but the overall effect is invigorating.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 100% Been So Long (2018) Director Tinge Krishnan is helped immeasurably by her two leads.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 75% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) [Director Erik] Poppe's "one take" shooting style traps his protagonists in a continual present.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) Stan & Ollie won't ever have you in hysterics, but its account of the comedians in their twilight years is insightful and endlessly touching.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) The pace never flags. Nor does Gerard Butler's fortitude.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 82% VS. (2018) In the latter stages, the film becomes increasingly sentimental, and even risks turning into a full blown tearjerker, but it never feels trite or manipulative.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) It is ostensibly about Donald Trump's presidency ("How the f*** did this happen?!") but Moore's approach is wide-ranging and discursive.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 98% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) You might have thought there was nothing new to say about the First World War but Peter Jackson's astonishing and revelatory new feature documentary comes at the subject in a way no previous film, book or play has ever done.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 63% Suspiria (2018) In the brilliant Italian director Luca Guadagnino's hands, the cult movie first made by Dario Argento as a blood-drenched, supernatural gore-fest is reworked as a highly stylized and self-reflexive performance piece.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The title story is magnificently entertaining.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is one of the films of the year, brilliantly observed and with an intense sense of yearning, lyricism and emotional truthfulness running through its every frame.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) [Beautiful Boy] has a lyricism, raw emotion and a sense of mystery that you simply won't find in any other movie about drug abuse recovery plans.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) As it runs out of steam, the film, though, begins to seem more and more like pastiche Tarantino.‐ Independent (UK)
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4/5 88% First Man (2018) First Man makes gripping and moving viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
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3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot may not be on the level of the best Pixar and Dreamworks efforts but it will make passable half-term viewing for family audiences.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) Sink sometimes lurches into heavy-handed melodrama. Nonetheless, watching it, you can't help but root for Micky.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 90% Widows (2018) McQueen deals with bereavement, race, gender and class at the same time as telling a riproaring story about a group of widows who need to get hold of a lot of money very quickly.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 92% Mandy (2018) Fans of [Cage's] work will relish his extravagantly oddball performance as a dark avenger in this luridly overwrought horror movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) Reportedly 10 years in the making, Blindspotting is a refreshingly original, gritty and stylised version of the typical rites-of-passage story.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 34% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Fans of Atkinson and of the Johnny English franchise should be happy enough with the new adventure but even they may wonder if the filmmakers could have done just a little more to bring Johnny English into the modern age.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 79% 22 July (2018) It is a subtle, multi-layered and very affecting drama that confronts the darkest episode in recent Norwegian history but still manages to strike a redemptive note.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is a mess of a movie, a baffling mishmash of sci-fi, horror and comedy elements and one which squanders most of the resources at its disposal.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 84% The Wife (2018) Close plays Joan in a deliberately enigmatic fashion.‐ Independent (UK)
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4/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Skate Kitchen is a wonderfully lyrical and well-observed rites of passage story.‐ Independent (UK)
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3/5 29% Night School (2018) It has more of a social conscience than most of [Kevin Hart's] other vehicles but keeps the laughs coming too.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 30% Redcon-1 (2018) The plot is the usual hokum.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 76% Black '47 (2018) The film's mythic force is underlined by its visual style.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 87% Climax (2018) [Director Gaspar] Noé tackles his material with enormous relish.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Its clash in storytelling styles is bracing and original.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Beautifully directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the film evokes this period in a way that is both nostalgic and frequently chilling.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Jack Black and Cate Blanchett have an easy comic rapport, affectionately bad mouthing one another and trying to steal scenes from under each other's noses.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 29% King of Thieves (2019) One of the most refreshing aspects of the film is that they are all shown in their full greed and malevolence.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018