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Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab has been chief film critic for The Independent since 2013. He is also a senior correspondent at Screen International. His books include ‘Stairways to Heaven: Rebuilding the British Film Industry’ (2018), ‘Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Director’, ‘Delivering Dreams: A Century of British Film Distribution’, ‘The Making of Taxi Driver’, ‘Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema’, ‘Screen Epiphanies’ and ‘J Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry’.
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Geoffrey Macnab Why Martin Scorsese’s recent assault on Marvel movies is so absurd

The ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘The Irishman’ director’s offhand remarks that cinemas are being invaded by theme park films doesn’t acknowledge the craft of the filmmakers and actors in the best Marvel movies, who transcend the comic-book origins of their characters, argues Geoffrey Macnab


Geoffrey Macnab Why the Golden age of film musicals can never be recaptured

As the BFI hosts an epic film musical season across the UK, starting with the re-release of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, Geoffrey Macnab looks back at how the older movies are reminders of an art and a perfectionism that have, at least partly, been lost  

Joanna Hogg’s latest film The Souvenir is exceptional

The film has a superb performance from newcomer Hope Swinton Byrne, whose mother Tilda Swinton also appears


Geoffrey Macnab How ‘Manhattan’ anticipated Woody Allen’s behaviour

On the 40th anniversary of its British release, the story of a middle-aged man dating a 17-year-old gives viewers a jolt, writes Geoffrey Macnab