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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 98% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is fun in its own kinetic, comic book fashion but it doesn't have any dramatic urgency whatsoever.‐ Independent (UK)
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2/5 44% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) ... just as cutesy and sentimental as you expect it is going to be.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) For all its satirical elements, I Am Not A Witch retains an air of mystery.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 67% Happy Death Day (2017) It is ingeniously structured in its own right, even if some of its plot twists and contortions don't entirely stack up.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 93% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) In terms of its storyline alone, this is a bit of a potboiler, a typical prison drama, but the dialogue is razor sharp and the performances, especially that of Vince Vaughn, are far more nuanced and poignant than you'd expect.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2017) Iannucci's version of events may be well researched but it still gives us a very British, very witty but facetious version of a dark story which might have been better told by an insider.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 73% The Ritual (2017) Director David Bruckner knows how to jolt us out of our seats one moment and to repel us the next but there's nothing here we haven't encountered before... ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 91% The Party (2017) At times, The Party becomes a little glib... This, though, is lively and invigorating filmmaking with an energy that belies its own pessimism.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 53% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The Lego Ninjago Movie has its moments... but risks drifting off into inanity in a way that the earlier films in the franchise didn't.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 78% Loving Vincent (2017) As a piece of handcrafted animation, it provides a welcome contrast to all those movies full of cutesy talking animals turned out by the Hollywood studios.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 8% The Snowman (2017) ... a very slick slice of Scandinavian noir but one whose plot slaloms become increasingly preposterous.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 53% On the Road (2016) On a formal level, this is a subtle and clever piece of work.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) It reminds us what a limited and one-dimensional politician he was - but also what a consummate performer whenever the cameras were in sight.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/5 49% The Glass Castle (2017) What we are left with is a family saga which is far more dispiriting than uplifting and which often makes very grim viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/5 42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The real disappointment here is how conventional the storytelling becomes and how little the two leads are challenged in anything other than the most obvious way.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 58% Breathe (2017) ... there's an energy and optimism here which belie the grim subject matter and [director Andy] Serkis knows just how to tweak our heart strings when it comes to the final reel.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
5/5 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Like The Godfather Part II, it's a sequel to a very celebrated film which may actually be better than the original.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/5 90% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) [An] intriguing Russian satire. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 100% Pecking Order (2017) Of course, this is a film about human beings as much as it is one about hens. It works because [Slavko] Martinov has found such lively characters.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 100% Daphne (2017) [Emily] Beecham impresses in patches but there is always a sense that she, like the filmmakers, is holding something back and isn't prepared to go all the way.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
2/5 31% Home Again (2017) This is a romantic comedy but one that would need only the very slightest tweaking to be transformed into a home invasion horror movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 60% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye Christopher Robin is a real tearjerker with plenty of very maudlin moments but what makes the film so fascinating, and ultimately so moving, is the bleakness that sits alongside the sentimentality.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 80% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2016) The knowledge of the upheavals that Egypt has experienced in the intervening years only adds to the poignancy here.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 100% In Between (2017) ... the film celebrates their resilience and irrepressible good humour in the face of the priggish menfolk who surround them.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 94% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2017) The film... is beautifully played by its two leads and has a wonderfully barbed and unsettling quality that you will never find in any Hollywood romcom.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 74% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) Borg McEnroe is informative and well-acted but also very predictable.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Lasting for well over two hours, this is a gilded hamster wheel of a movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) One of the strengths of First They Killed My Father is its matter of fact quality. Only very late on does Jolie indulge in the kind of melodramatic flourishes you'd expect in a Hollywood movie on the same subject.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 67% Victoria & Abdul (2017) [Dame Judi Dench] is haughty and imperious when she needs to be but brings quiet humour and tenderness to the role too.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/5 92% My Pure Land (2017) The tempo here is different to that of the westerns that clearly inspired the director. The film is reflective and lyrical.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/5 31% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) The film doesn't make much sense and the animation isn't especially sophisticated but the young kids at whom it is aimed should warm to its cheery tone while the adults might appreciate its anarchic streak and some of its off-the-wall humour.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The Villainess is a wonderfully lurid and overcooked thriller with a plot so melodramatic that you half suspect the filmmakers borrowed it from an opera. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/5 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin looks as if it is intended as the first in a series but there's nothing here which we haven't seen countless times before in Jason Bourne or Jack Reacher stories or that justifies a new movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/5 89% Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast (2017) The veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner... emerges as a far more complex and sympathetic figure in this documentary than he appears when he is haranguing Tories and talking class warfare during House of Commons debates.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) As in Ingmar Bergman's Shame (1968), [Writer/Director Philippe Van Leeuw] is exploring how quickly the veneer of civilisation can be stripped away when people are forced to fight for survival.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 100% The Work (2017) The Work makes gruelling viewing at times - it's more like psychotherapy than entertainment - but, by the end, viewers will feel as if they've been on the same rewarding journey as the subjects.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 84% It (2017) What makes this film so distinctive and so evocative is youthful innocence of the protagonists in the face of grinning evil.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) It's an American thriller that will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofksy shows plenty of visual flair. That, though, doesn't excuse the self-indulgence and mounting silliness of the filmmaking here.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 98% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [Three Billboards] is a startling piece of work: a perverse, comic and tragic revenge story in which all the characters defy our often very low expectations of them. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
5/5 40% Suburbicon (2017) Co-scripted by the Coen brothers, [Suburbicon] is both wildly entertaining in its own macabre, violent fashion, and also very perceptive about racism and hypocrisy in middle-class white America.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 97% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a monster movie but it plays like a Beauty and the Beast-style romance.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 77% The Limehouse Golem (2017) The Limehouse Golem is wildly over the top. That's precisely what it is meant to be - and what gives the drama such a kick.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 0% Stratton (2017) What can never be escaped, though, is the utterly formulaic nature of the storytelling.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 77% Una (2017) Una makes queasy and uncomfortable viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) This is a highly impressive debut feature: bleak and lyrical by turns, and with very fine performances from its two young leads.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Plot wise, Patti Cake$ is straight from the Rocky or Cinderella playbook. The more that Patti is knocked back, the more inevitable it is that her talent will finally shine through.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 64% Downsizing (2017) What can't be denied, though, is the originality of the premise or the sheer verve with which Payne creates his modern-day Lilliput.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) [Logan Lucky] is not going to win him any Oscars but Soderbergh certainly appears to have recovered his zest for filmmaking.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/5 43% Bushwick (2017) Directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott throw in plenty of explosions, fights and chases to distract us but whenever the action stops, the film begins to seem very silly indeed.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017