Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab is the author of several books on film

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Gary Poulter stars in new movie 'Joe'

Gary Poultner: From homeless breakdancer to starring alongside Nicolas Cage in Joe

How a man with no social security number won a role in Hollywood

Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy, review: Marvel-lite movie feels half-hearted

Film could have benefited from taking itself just a bit more seriously

The entire film has the feel of a glorified hand-held movie

Earth To Echo, film review: Dave Green's cutesy E.T.-like sci-fi drama has no pathos or depth

(PG) Dave Green, 91 mins Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt
Mawkish Belgian animation ‘The House of Magic’

The House Of Magic 3D, film review: Storytelling doesn't match the 3D visual effects

(U) Ben Stassen, Jérémie Degruson, 85 mins Voiced by: Cindy Adams, George Babbit, Murray Blue, Kathleen Browers, Joey Camen
Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the ingenious film noir ‘The Lady from Shanghai’

The Lady From Shanghai, film review: Welles brings a mix of charm, naiveté and fatalism

(PG) Orson Welles, 87 mins Starring: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloan
Well pitched: Brian Cox stars as Matt Busby in David Scheinmann's sweet-natured

Believe, film review: This sentimental kids' yarn is predictable but has plenty of heart

(PG) David Scheinmann, 96 mins Starring: Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone, Toby Stephens, Anne Reid

The Purge: Anarchy, film review: Little suspense but this franchise will run and run

(15) James DeMonaco, 103 mins Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Soul, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’

Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

(15) David Gordon Green, 117 mins Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules

Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous movie

It's unclear whether this is a full-on spoof or if it has actually been made in deadly earnest

The film showcases Pudsey, the dancing Border Collie that won Britain's Got Talent

Pudsey The Dog: The Movie, film review: Half-baked canine caper is a dog's dinner

(U) Nick Moore, 87 mins Starring: Pudsey the Dog, David Walliams, John Sessions, Izzy Meikle-Small, Jessica Hynes
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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on