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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 98% The Big Sick (2017) One of the glories of the film is its ability to find comic details in the most bleak and oppressive situations.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
2/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Metres Down is competently enough made but suffers from a plot almost as rickety as the ancient cage in which the two sisters descend into the deep to view the sharks. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 91% Hounds of Love (2017) Writer-director Ben Young has made a very striking but self-conscious debut feature -- one in which the shooting style shifts from low key naturalism to extreme stylisation.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 71% The Wall (2017) Given the constraints the filmmakers have imposed on themselves, this is a remarkably gripping affair.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) What Girls Trip does have going for it is an irrepressible energy and an absolute lack of embarrassment about its own crudity and pants down humour.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 100% City of Ghosts (2017) The documentary can't provide an upbeat finale. Instead, it shows how its subjects try to carry on living their lives in spite of the sacrifices they've had to make.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/5 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Captain Underpants is wondrously inane and bizarre entertainment.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/5 75% Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (2016) This isn't exactly a critical portrait of its subject but it's an affectionate and informative one which highlights Di Palma's key creative role in the work of Antonioni and Woody Allen in particular.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2/5 43% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) Scribe is an atmospheric but overwrought French conspiracy thriller.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) [Nolan] has managed to combine the epic and the intimate. We are a long way from next year's Oscars but Dunkirk must surely already be a frontrunner.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) At times, you suspect the filmmakers are throwing in humour, action and pathos simply as a way to distract from the extreme pessimism that's really at the core of their story.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) This is Southern Gothic at its most lush and delirious. It is also very comic in its own macabre way. Coppola conjures up a wonderfully fervid atmosphere.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/5 67% Cars 3 (2017) Cars 3 itself is a sprightly and likeable film because it shares Lightning's self-effacing qualities and his nostalgic fondness for looking at life through the rear view mirror.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 88% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) A fascinating, very intimate portrait of the artist and filmmaker in which we hear Lynch talk through key formative moments his life in stream of consciousness fashion. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/5 84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) In its own sombre, ritualistic way, the film makes compelling viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 43% Song to Song (2017) "Nothing felt real," Mara laments at the start of Song To Song. That, sadly, is an observation that can just as well be aimed at the movie as a whole.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 35% The Last Word (2017) This isn't a very distinguished film but it's likely to be remembered for its central performance.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) You can tell almost exactly how matters will end but when it comes to pathos, sharp-eyed observation and barbed humour, The Midwife certainly delivers.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) This is certainly a bleak story but it's also a rich and very nuanced one.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Tom Holland's Peter Parker, one of the liveliest characters in last year's Captain America: Civil War, now has an entire movie devoted to him - one with plenty of youthful snap and crackle.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) What makes Alone In Berlin distinctive is the form the resistance takes... It's about an ordinary middle-aged German couple who express their disgust for the regime by writing postcards. Stories about heroism don't come any more understated.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove is maudlin and sugary but it offers the same pleasures as all those other books and films about grumpy old men looking for redemption.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 98% Kedi (2017) One of the most impressive elements in a very likeable documentary is the balance Torun strikes between analysis and affection in her approach toward her feline protagonists.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) [It's] random in the extreme in structure but it is also wildly inventive, full of visual and verbal gags, and very good natured too. The energy levels never dip and each new set-piece turns out to even more bizarre and original than its predecessor.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) In a summer of yet more synthetic blockbusters, Baby Driver feels entirely original. This is jukebox filmmaking, a wildly energetic movie whose characters behave in line with the songs that fill its soundtrack.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 80% 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 43% 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 91% 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 14% 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 80% 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 49% 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 21% 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 76% 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 16% 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 73% 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 20% 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 94% 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