Andrew L. Urban

Andrew L. Urban

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Andrew L. Urban's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Iris (2015) "As a snapshot of an exceptional woman, Iris is an uplifting and entertaining film; it lifts our spirits with the fuel of hers " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 7, 2015
84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "This adulatory doco of Spinney's life and work is a handful of love stories glued together by Spinney, who is at the centre of it. A kinda This is Your Life doco " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 27, 2015
No Score Yet Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau (The Nightingale) "Simple but far from simplistic, The Nightingale sings its song with gentle power, telling a story that is both affecting and effective as cinema " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 7, 2015
No Score Yet Primum Non Nocere -- First Do No Harm (2012) "The film brings together an impressive list of medical specialists from all over the world who layer by layer and sound bite by sound bite set out the case for greater research and testing to reduce what are evident risks in blood transfusions. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 7, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Borrowing body parts from the age old horror/sci-fi workbook, Alex Garland makes a female Frankenstein movie (sort of) and interrogates the pursuit of AI in the process " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "The interesting thing for me is the film's intermittent excursion from drama into bleak comedy " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 28, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "The filmmakers end up making a rather gloomy chick-flick, rather than the war drama with a modern heroine, which it might have been " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 17, 2015
100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "A genre-fusing film in which our hero comes of age and battles the relationship symptoms autism, X + Y is both touching and tough " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 6, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "The hidden treasure genre is full of inventive stories and this is yet another one, a smart screenplay that pushes all the right elements to the fore " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 6, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "The wonderful English eccentricity of Aardman's Wallace and Gromit captured our hearts and minds; there is still a trace of all that here but not the distinctive personas nor the full bottle of wit " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2015
80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "The film's saving grace is the cast, especially perhaps the two girls, Imogene Wolodarsky and the younger Ashley Aufderheide, who deliver vibrant and authentic performances, charming and real and utterly convincing " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) "With garlands galore, Leviathan sets up high expectations, with its warts and all glimpse into Putin's Russia, a dictatorship in all but name but one without an ideology - except to steal money " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "Disney's live action Cinderella benefits from Ken Branagh's kudos in being able to attract the kind of cast and achieving the kind of tone such a well known and loved fairy tale needs " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2015
94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Endearingly performed by Alfred Molina (as George) and John Lithgow (as Ben) as two ageing New York lovers who finally marry, Love Is Strange might have been more aptly titled Love Is Mellow " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 14, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "It's fascinating to discover that an item of what is essentially pop culture with which one was familiar some years ago has such a colourful history " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 14, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "It is a crime thriller, but rises above its genre; it is a character study but it creates a mythic persona; and it is a morality tale but it presents as an analysis of human nature's self contradictory impulses " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 22, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) "Some wild ideas and crazy situations by themselves don't make a 106 minute comedy. Please try harder " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 9, 2015
99% Selma (2015) "The trivia fact that Selma and Salem are anagrams of each other is only relevant because as were the 17th witch hunts of Salem, the 20th century racist witch hunts of Selma were propelled by bigoted ignorance " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 7, 2015
82% Me, Myself and Mum "Quirky, yes, but perhaps not as commercially approachable as it was in France, where screen culture is more adventurous and experimentation is welcomed " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 2, 2015
80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Eddie Redmayne's performance - wrapped in his uncanny physical investment - is the absolutely vital key in this film and it's a scorcher, both sensitive and brave and effecting and devoid of sentimental mush, yet infinitely sad and moving " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 26, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) "Although it is a better written and made film then The Hurt Locker which won the Oscar, American Sniper is just as determined to ring emotional bells for an America that has lost much of its self assurance on the world stage " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 17, 2015
51% Unbroken (2014) "Laura Hillenbrand's exceptionally detailed and superbly written book is a vast, immersive experience; Angelina Jolie's sensitive and faithful film of it (with the help of the screenplay writers) is a visceral experience " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 11, 2015
92% Birdman (2014) "Surprising us most just when we think we know exactly what's coming, combining humour, pathos, drama, magic realism and a potential bag of Oscars, Birdman is virtuoso filmmaking " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 11, 2015
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Huge in scale and in ambition, the film is given extra dimension by the 3D process (pardon the pun) by emphasising distance and size, matching the most active imaginations that are inspired by the written word from which it springs. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 17, 2014
90% The Imitation Game (2014) "I am reasonably familiar with the subject matter, yet the film still manages to knock my socks off " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 15, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "Bill Murray is the drawcard, always enjoyable as a rogue, witty eccentric and he does a great job with what he has " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 15, 2014
63% The Water Diviner (2015) "This quiet determination (of an important private objective) is well managed in the screenplay and in Crowe's direction and performance, serving as the film's emotional and moral backbone " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 15, 2014
78% The Green Prince (2014) "It's a riveting story, weaving together a story of two men's psychological and emotional journeys under the blanket of espionage " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 29, 2014
29% The Captive (2014) "If you are prepared to accept that real life is not predictable, much less real people, The Captive will engage and stimulate you. But you will need to pay attention " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 29, 2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "It's hard to tell whether Ridley Scott's Exodus is a misfire satire or a creative misfire, but I suspect it's the latter given that it takes itself so seriously " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 29, 2014
100% The Dark Horse "Cliff Curtis delivers a spectacular characterisation, one which will no doubt be compared to Geoffrey Rush as brilliant pianist David Helfgott in Shine, as Gen has a mild mental condition for which he has to take medication " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 15, 2014
85% The Mule (2014) "The performances are the Crown Jewels in this otherwise lackluster film, notably the veterans Hugo Weaving as a world weary detective who bends the rules and Noni Hazlehurst as Ray's doting mum " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 15, 2014
60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "With its themes of incest, suicide, death and greed, Maps to the Stars is a caricature masquerading as a satire and playing like a nihilist expose. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 15, 2014
94% In Bloom (2014) "The performances are naturalistic and severe, especially the highly volatile families, where shouting matches are almost traumatising to hear and to watch. But ... the film ends without having said enough to satisfy us " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 12, 2014
89% Winter Sleep (2014) "This is an extraordinary film, both extra in content and length and yet ordinary in the sense that filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan observes the 'ordinary' daily interactions " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 9, 2014
94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "Something of a revelation - or rather, a series of revelations - about a unique individual who collected wonderfully observed images of people on her camera as if to make up for not collecting any in her actual life. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 31, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "Maybe I just don't get it, but this multi-awarded film from the celebrated (and Cannes regular) Belgian Dardenne brothers is not only slight - as in, without cinematic scale - it is a bit contrived and tedious " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 31, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "The film's impact is partly explained by the heavy artillery aimed at our sensibilities, not just our eardrums, and the almost careless narrative, which only glues together in the final, extended, extraordinary sequence " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 20, 2014
40% John Doe: Vigilante (2014) "Although a bit muddle headed about what tone to adopt and confused about its moral stances, John Doe provides a talking point, if nothing else, about how society should respond to the inefficiencies of a justice system and police effectiveness " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2014
63% Son of a Gun (2015) "Avery fashions a gritty, authentic mood in the opening scenes among the prisoners in maximum security, and carries it through to the satisfying conclusion " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2014
35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Feels rather manipulative as it tries to assert its premise..(but) this is just about the only negative in an otherwise taut and terrific thriller with a vulnerable female (Nicole Kidman) at the centre " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2014
92% Force Majeure (2014) " The resolution of the emotional crises seems manufactured, and the final sequence on a tourist coach driven by an incompetent idiot also. These moments drag the film down, despite all its potential. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 6, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "My overriding sense about Gone Girl is that director David Fincher wanted to make a flawless murder thriller in which the audience loyalty and association with the key characters was pushed and pulled unmercifully for maximum impact. He succeeds " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 29, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) "Impeccably, nay astonishingly, performed by Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, the film sweeps us into their world " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 13, 2014
93% The Infinite Man "The screenplay is a clever riff on the notion of time travel as a way of improving the past, and some will see an echo of Groundhog Day, the iconic film that goes the whole hog on that theme (pardon the pun) " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 13, 2014
46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "Lashed together with bands of humour.... is a darkish parcel of stumbling humanity in search of answers we all seek - like the meaning of life " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 13, 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "The mood is dry as gunpowder - and as explosive " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 13, 2014
36% The Giver (2014) "Phillip Noyce has cast the film to ensure it has gravitas and we are engaged: Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges are the representatives of the two ends of the philosophical divide " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 6, 2014
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Filled with throw away humour and occasional LOL moments of the ghoulish kind, the film's technical achievements help audiences take it seriously while at the same time laughing along with the comedic ideas. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 1, 2014
74% Felony (2014) "A rich and engaging screenplay that borrows from the police procedural and blends it with the themes of a morality play makes Felony compelling viewing. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 22, 2014
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