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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 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 82% 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 85% 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 68% 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 94% 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 25% 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 76% 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 76% Una (2017) Una makes queasy and uncomfortable viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 99% 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 82% 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 65% 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 46% 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
3/5 83% Detroit (2017) In its own polemical way, it is very powerful filmmaking but, as storytelling, it is one-dimensional. There is too much "docu" here and not enough drama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/5 87% American Made (2017) Tom Cruise gives one of his finest screen performances in American Made, a film which allows the normally clean-cut star to show his delinquent side.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) It is all the more disappointing that The Dark Tower turns out such a dud. All the elements appear to be here.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An Inconvenient Sequel is skilfully put together. As in An Inconvenient Truth (2006), lecture material is combined with Gore's reflections on his own private and political life.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 61% The Odyssey (L'odyssée) (2016) This is a frustrating film because it never seems certain what story it is trying to tell.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard is an infantile and very violent buddy movie that rehashes ideas and serves up characters encountered in countless other action flick.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 77% Final Portrait (2017) There are no new love affairs, no murders, no conspiracy. As a result, the film risks seeming as undernourished as Giacometti's own spindly, sculpted figurines.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
1/5 9% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The pests are back in this none too ingratiating sequel to the 2014 animated feature.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 95% Step (2017) With her instincts as a storyteller, Lipitz emphasises the grimmer elements so that the pay-off is all the more gratifying.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 90% A Ghost Story (2017) This is a film with its own gentle logic. It's a quiet meditation on life, love, bereavement and the difficulty of letting go.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) There will be plenty who will take a masochistic pleasure in seeing [Annabelle] return as soon as possible.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) When the relationships between the leading characters are all so superficial and everyone is deceiving everyone else, it is very hard to engage emotionally with the movie.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 93% Williams (2017) Sports documentaries tend to be very predictable. Williams surprises us by coming at its subject matter from an unlikely perspective. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4/5 88% Maudie (2017) Aisling Walsh knows how to balance the comedy and the pathos as she takes us through her subject's life and chronicles her unlikely emergence as an artist.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/5 50% England Is Mine (2017) As an account of the Adrian Mole-like growing pains of the depressive young would-be artist, the film makes surprisingly poignant viewing.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/5 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) The Emoji Movie is based on an idea which must have seemed very clever in theory but turns out to be cumbersome in practice.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A crash course in both the worst and best of French director Luc Besson, Valerian looks spectacular but its storytelling proves muddled ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
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 54% 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 89% 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 67% 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 99% 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 70% 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 50% 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 92% 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