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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 78% Souvenir (2016) It's a measure of Isabelle Huppert's versatility that she can switch from her searing, Oscar-nominated performance as the rape victim in Paul Verhoeven's psychodrama Elle to playing a long-forgotten pop singer in this sweet-natured little fable.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/5 23% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book Of Henry is a very bizarre affair, stuck in treacherous waters between kids' movie, terminal illness melodrama and hardboiled film noir.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/5 53% Hampstead (2017) The drawback here is the utter lack of pungency. This film doesn't smell real at all. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
5/5 90% The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols' film makes such beguiling viewing largely because of Hoffman's performance as Benjamin, which combines humour, boredom and panic in equal measure.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/5 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Michael Bay is back with another mammoth budget to throw at the screen in the latest Transformers monstrosity.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/5 75% Stockholm, My Love (2016) At times, it feels like an upmarket municipal tourist video, shot in the style of Chris Marker or Patrick Keiller. It's a soothing experience, though, and one that certainly highlights the beauty of the city it is showcasing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2016) What gives Destination Unknown its power is the focus on the trauma endured by the survivors.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 69% Gifted (2017) This is a benign and good natured film. Even at the most oppressive moments, there will always be a wisecrack. The smart ass humour here is crucial. Without it, the film would have risked seeming too dry and too maudlin by turns.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 47% Churchill (2017) Cox gives a fascinating performance even if the film itself is on the lugubrious side.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) The strength of the documentary lies in the skill with which Broomfield combines a cautionary showbiz tale with a probing analysis of race, class, gender and celebrity. The structure here is akin to that of a detective story.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 76% Ballerina (2016) 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 Jun 13, 2017
1/5 20% The Shack (2017) Modern-day Christian parables don't come any stodgier or more syrupy than this.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/5 46% Wilson (2017) Director Craig Johnson (who also dealt with middle aged angst in his previous film, The Skeleton Twins) has a nicely matter of fact way of showing Wilson's tribulations.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) We're in a cut-throat world of politics and schmoozing but the wistful music and playful chapter titles give the film the feel of a folk tale or of a slightly darker version of a Woody Allen comedy.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/5 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Writer-director Michell tells an at times overheated story in a cool and stylish way.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) Whenever the action stops, though, the film becomes derivative and empty headed, Strip away the bandages and there really isn't very much here at all.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
5/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Claude Barras' Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated feature is as poignant and as well observed a film about the darker side of childhood as you could ever hope to see.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) No one makes family melodramas quite like Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. His style is deceptively low key and matter of fact even as he deals with seismic moments in the lives of his protagonists.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/5 45% The Hippopotamus (2017) The writing here is sometimes arch and laboured but Allam puts across even the most stilted lines with enormous brio.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/5 53% Dough (2016) In their rush to provide a happy ending, the filmmakers lose sight of many of their own supporting characters and fill the plot with far too many artificial sweeteners.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot plays Diana in appealing fashion. For all her strength and prowess, she is an innocent, even comic figure, who simply can't understand the cynicism, politicking, and violence of the humans she encounters.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3/5 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck has its grace notes but there aren't quite enough of them.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
1/5 18% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Bodily functions are to the fore in excruciating new family comedy Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 93% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) [Kaurismaki's] new feature The Other Side Of Hope is a typically deadpan and brilliantly observed comic study of the plight of a fictional asylum seeker in Finland.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It's a superb piece of work, beautiful and enigmatic.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is an exercise is self-reflexive irony and kitsch. It's mocking the original TV series -- which seems pretty pointless given that the series was tongue in cheek anyway.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/5 57% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) It's a case of Carry On Jean-Luc Godard in this very lightweight comic film dramatising key moments in the life of the sacred monster of French New Wave cinema.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) A surprisingly sprightly and enjoyable late entry in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It is on the lengthy side and sometimes has a sour taste but it boasts one of Dustin Hoffman's best performances in recent years -- and a very poignant one too, a long way from Happy Gilmour-like goofiness, from Adam Sandler.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/5 80% Colossal (2017) She is supposed to be a self-pitying near alcoholic who can't take control of her own life. Hathaway, though, is such a strong screen presence that it's hard to believe in her as such a weak and needy type.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 100% Machines (2016) The film has a quietly devastating charge.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/5 36% Snatched (2017) This isn't so much a coherent movie as a lot of comedy sketches strung together. While Schumer turns out to be a dead-eyed shot, the film itself has a very wayward aim.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/5 29% The Secret Scripture (2016) It's the construction, not the performances, which undermines The Secret Scripture.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Amid all the sound and fury, it takes a while to realise that actually not very much is happening here at all.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 92% The Levelling (2017) You can feel the mud squelching under your feet as you watch Hope Dickson Leach's impressive if very dour and dark debut feature, The Levelling.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 100% Jawbone (2017) We can spot from the outset just which way the film is headed but just because we can see punches coming, that doesn't mean they stop from landing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 90% Frantz (2017) It's one of his most heartfelt films, beautifully made and very moving in its own quiet, self-effacing way.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) The result is a perfectly acceptable sequel that should satisfy the die-hard fans of the series while also entertaining newcomers. What it isn't, though, is remotely original.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) The real pleasure of the film comes from Chastain's wonderfully acerbic and uninhibited performance.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 21% Sleepless (2017) In its portrayal of cops on the take, Sleepless often resembles an episode of TV's The Shield.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/5 24% Unlocked (2017) Unlocked rattles along at a very brisk pace and is full of action set-pieces.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's a bizarre endeavour, a rambling tale whose purpose, in spite of its title, is very hard to work out.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) A fascinating and surprisingly dramatic and topical affair.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) The comedy, like its hapless actor and TV detective hero Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt of TV's The Mighty Boosh), manages by turns both to be funny and charming and seedy and dispiriting.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 92% Lady Macbeth (2017) William Oldroyd's riveting debut feature Lady Macbeth plays like a cross between Wuthering Heights and The Postman Always Rings Twice.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) This is a film full of grace notes -- self-contained scenes that play like mini-symphonies.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
4/5 75% Suntan (2017) There have been many films about middle-aged angst and disappointment but what makes Argyris Papadimitropoulos' Suntan so striking is that it is set in the middle of August on a baking hot Greek island, full of tourists out to have a good time.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/5 50% The Promise (2017) The film is absorbing enough to watch in its own TV mini-series-like way but it also feels strangely melodramatic. It doesn't help that the dialogue is often so arch.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
4/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The second Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel Studios near its best: spectacular, funny and with a very likeable self-mocking quality.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 87% Their Finest (2017) [An] entertaining and insightful romantic drama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017