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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
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) It has the same low key naturalism and idiosyncratic humour found in classic new wave movies like A Blonde In Love and Closely Observed Trains.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) This is a determinedly oddball film but it's one made with plenty of energy. At least, Beatty, at this very advanced stage in his career, doesn't appear to have lost any of his old youthful zest.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2/5 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) For all the striving for epic grandeur, the film feels like a chamber piece.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A complex and wonderfully decadent erotic melodrama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) What begins as a nostalgic and humdrum family drama grows more and more compelling the darker it becomes.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The film is every bit as silly and enjoyable as its predecessors.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/5 27% The Hatton Garden Job (2017) There is a hint of old Ealing comedies in Ronnie Thompson's likeable if very undercharged telling of the story of the 2015 Hatton Garden jewellery/safety deposit box heist.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Baldwin was writing more than 30 years ago. Not so much has changed since then. Even so, I Am Not Your Negro isn't as pessimistic as its downbeat tone suggests it should be. Baldwin's commentary is intended to provoke, not to induce despair.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) The shock tactics can verge on the prurient but even in the most extreme moments, the film never loses sight of character.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 94% Neruda (2016) This is a determinedly playful, magical realist-style yarn. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 55% City of Tiny Lights (2016) You could easily imagine a series being spun off based around Riz Ahmed's character. As a self-contained story, though, the film is frustrating. There's so much going on around the edges that the main investigation seems almost an afterthought.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The story is an unholy mish-mash between saccharine family melodrama and anarchic Loony Tunes-style farce. It's a big, gooey mess of a movie, without the gags or visual ingenuity to compensate for its infantile premise.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost In The Shell might not stack up plot-wise but what it does reinforce is Scarlett Johansson's status as one of the great stars of her era.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Ben Wheatley's cartoonishly violent Free Fire begins with such zest that it is all the more dispiriting how quickly it loses its way.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4/5 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Graduation is utterly compelling in spite of a seemingly downbeat story.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 14% Man Down (2016) Dito Montiel's Man Down is a well-meaning but very confused drama exploring post-traumatic stress and the plight of US soldiers "coming home."‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) The storytelling style here is far less zany and irreverent than in the typical Pixar film or Lego Movie. The voice cast is intriguing enough but a certain soppy blandness comes with the territory.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 42% Another Mother's Son (2017) [Another Mother's Son] feels more like a TV movie than anything cinematic.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 100% The Age of Shadows (2016) This is pulsating storytelling, suspenseful and often very stylish too.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gorgeously shot by Darius Khondji, it manages the feat of making the English and Irish-set scenes look just as rich and strange as those that unfold far down the Amazon.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 67% Life (2017) Daniel Espinosa's new feature provides incontrovertible proof that, well over three decades after that polyp-like succubus exploded out of John Hurt's stomach in Ridley Scott's Alien, the sci-fi horror film is alive and well.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Witty, trenchant, very topical, sometimes utterly bloodcurdling but always with plenty of polemical points to make.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) This is a movie in which brilliance and banality sit side-by-side but one in which Stewart always shines.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
1/5 0% Wolves at the Door (2016) Wolves At The Door is a repellent, misconceived, and pointless film.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 97% Gleason (2016) The film is moving and insightful because it is more concerned with being honest than with being uplifting.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) In Farhadi's universe, ambiguity reigns.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
5/5 90% Elle (2016) There is not a single moment in the entire movie in which we are able to guess what [Huppert] will do next -- and that's what makes Elle such a wild and surprising ride.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/5 87% Dancer (2016) The documentary highlights [Polunin's] brilliance as a performer but its real richness lies in its frank and painful account of just what it took for him to reach the top and of his doubt about what to do once he got there.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 96% The Love Witch (2016) Even in the film's most far-fetched moments, Biller has trenchant points to make about conservative, middle-class America's fear of female sexuality and the double standards that apply to men and women's romantic behaviour.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 73% Catfight (2017) The pessimism of Catfight is belied by the very lively performances from the two leads.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The pleasure of the film, directed with plenty of vigour by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, lies in its absolute refusal to take itself remotely seriously.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's certainly not a beast of a movie but it's not a beauty either.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 76% Viceroy's House (2017) Viceroy's House is at its best when the pomp and circumstance is kept at bay and the film is allowed to capture the everyday reality of life in the palace just before the British leave.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 92% Certain Women (2016) Watching the film, you feel a depth of understanding and sympathy for the characters that simply wouldn't be there in a more conventional, plot-driven movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) It has a compelling and charismatic performance from Michael Fassbender but suffers from an identity problem.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
1/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Fist Fight is a crude and foul-mouthed comedy whose most notable feature is its utter pessimism about the American high school system.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 82% George Best: All by Himself (2017) This is an illuminating and moving film which shows Best at his seediest and most pathetic but never loses sight of the brilliance that made the homesick kid from Belfast into football's first superstar.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 46% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) This may be a filmed play but Dolan's graceful treatment of the material ensures that it rarely feels too stagy or claustrophobic. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) The first half hour of Patriots Day is riveting.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure For Wellness seems at times like one of Tim Burton's darker offerings but it conspicuously lacks the charm and wit that Burton invariably brings to his work. The film takes itself very seriously - and that's part of the problem.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan is a Marvel movie with a bit of soul and some true grit. Presumed to be the final outing for Wolverine, it plays more like a late period John Wayne western than it does like a conventional superhero film.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 84% The Founder (2017) It is a surprisingly nuanced and barbed look at the American Dream and its flip side. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) One fundamental problem is that John Wick is well-nigh indestructible. That means the element of threat simply isn't there.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This is an immensely likeable film and one that draws overdue attention to a story that has been neglected for far too long.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Given that it had a huge budget as well as the combined expertise of Hollywood and China behind it, The Great Wall is a surprisingly primitive and clunky affair.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) You won't find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Fifty Shades Darker is an ordeal to watch not because of its gothic eroticism but because of its utter blandness.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) You won't see any other film this year that tries as hard to get under the skin of its characters as Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. That's both its glory and what makes it sometimes such a trial.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) This feels more like a record of a stage performance than a film in its own right. That, though, doesn't lessen its impact in the slightest or take away from the searing brilliance of the two leads.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 95% Prevenge (2017) It is very morbid fare, but Lowe combines the Dario Argento-like bloodletting with a very British, very deadpan wit.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017