Andrew L. Urban

Andrew L. Urban

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Biography:
Andrew L. Urban is Publisher & Editor of Urban Cinefile, Australia's award winning online weekly movie magazine (est. 1997). Specialising in film journalism, Andrew was Australian bureau chief for London based film trade publications from 1985 to 1994. He was Channel Host for the World Movies subscription movie channel (2002-6), and with his publishing partner and wife Louise Keller, he co-produced and hosted Movies This Week, a short movie review program, broadcast on World Movies and the Ovation arts & entertainment channel (2004-5). Since July 2005, Andrew has presented Movies Now, a contemporary movie appreciation course at Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education. In January 2007, Andrew was commissioned by the Australian Film Television and Radio School's Centre for Screen Business to produce an extensive series of in depth on camera interviews with film and TV industry practitioners, for the CSB website; the series continues into 2008. Prior to Urban Cinefile, Andrew created the prime time social documentary series, Front Up, which ran for 9 years on SBS TV.
Publications:
Urban Cinefile
Total Reviews:
1172
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1172
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " If it weren't for some misjudged - and extended - sequences that simply don't work, Wolf Creek 2 would have been a stronger propellant for No 3" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 17, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " The film doesn't glorify war, it pays tribute to courage and determination; while it doesn't play politics, it does show the Taliban as vicious, bloodthirsty and mercil" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 16, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " Textured, truthful, tart, painful, hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and compelling, Le Week-End is a landmark film, as was Roger Michell's Notting Hill (1999)" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 16, 2014
92% Nebraska (2013) " Full of little riches of observation, character and irony, Nebraska is a gem of a film from a master filmmaker" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 16, 2014
49% RoboCop (2014) " It's a film meant for young and excitable audiences (who don't mind scrambled images), and I don't qualify. Still, there are ideas here that grapple (fairly simply) with serious themes" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 9, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " How a reprobate womaniser, boozer, snorter and hustler made a difference .. and how an actor called Matthew McConaughey resurrected the remarkable spirit of Ron Woodroof, in a performance that swallows the actor - body and all" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 6, 2014
47% Last Vegas (2013) " With stars of this calibre, the movie can't be all bad, and it ain't. It's just hollow" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 1, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " Reitman's adaptation is thorough and complete, in that he retains some of the key textures and emotional backstories which form the principal characters, enriching the film as well as our experience of it" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 1, 2014
—— Mandela (1997) " The importance of the events in Mandela's life have seemingly constrained the filmmakers and made some of the key moments feel heavy handed. Yet even so, the film does manage to convey the notion that a single human being can change the world" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 1, 2014
94% The Past (2013) " The film is made naturalistically, and music is only heard at the end, yet for all its heartbreaking veracity, it has the tragic grandeur of mythology" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 1, 2014
29% Grudge Match (2013) " Not really a boxing movie for boxing aficionados, but there is a ghastly fascination for these 60 somethings behaving like 30 somethings and looking like weird somethings, each in their own way" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 25, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " McQueen shoots long takes in which the action (as in the emotional action, or intention) is the focus, involving us deeply and meaningfully in the characters, their circumstances and the broader context. The impact is strong." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 25, 2014
—— Convict " Clearly with something to say, George Basha returns to themes he wrote about so sharply in his 2009 debut feature, The Combination: the cultural and personal conflicts that are magnified through the prism of prison and crime " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 17, 2014
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " It's not often that we feel ravaged by a film, but The Great Beauty is a ravager, a spectacular odyssey of emotion and intellect and sensuality through the rich, contradictory and self indulgent world of The Eternal City" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 17, 2014
76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Belfort's frank memoir is a seductive confessional of how not only he but so many on Wall Street treated (treat?) Americans with contempt in their greedy drive to become rich enough to burn 100 dollar bills" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 17, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Competently directed by Branagh, the film's stunts, action scenes and thriller elements are executed with flourish and the Moscow sequences are terrific" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 13, 2014
94% Her (2013) " it's not really a sci-fi movie; it's about you and me and everyone else, trying to make sense of this strange condition of humanity. And sex" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 10, 2014
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The Coen brothers have composed something special with their anti-hero story of a young muso on whom fate has slammed the door. The surprising thing is that despite this apparently bleak theme, the Coens craft something unique, warm and big hearte" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 10, 2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The attention to detail is extraordinary, and the filmmaking techniques are all excellent, yet I find myself outside the picture looking in throughout the film, analysing it instead of believing it" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It's not really my kind of comedy, but I do admire the risky inventions and daring ideas - even if they don't all work" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 16, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " It's often heartbreaking, but ultimately the film takes us to a truthful yet positive conclusion" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The harshest thing I can say about the film is that it's boring" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
66% The Railway Man (2014) " Teplitzky gives us everything that cinema can deliver in telling [this story]: lights, camera, action - and music, indeed. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Frears uses cinematic tools to convey emotions, memories and the past, with great skill. The screenplay takes us across hurdles and impassible walls, adding to the tension" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " For all its splendid veracity to look at, authentically replicating wartime provincial Germany, The Book Thief struggles to find matching authenticity in the story and the characters" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " An emotional blockbuster in which characters are assassinated, homes destroyed and (personal) demons run rampant, breathing fire" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 14, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " The screenplay is outstanding, taking us on an ever changing course where the dramatic scenery shifts from tense to bizarre to deadly to hilarious ... not to mention a great 70s soundtrack " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 7, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn's juvenile personality is used to drive home all the comedic angles the writers dream up in this entirely plastic comedy. There is hardly a true thing in it, which lets the air out of its tyres and leaves it flat" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 30, 2013
70% The Spirit of '45 " A fond postcard from Ken Loach from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace. His sense of cinema serves him well and he knows how to elicit emotions with the various tools at his disposal" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 30, 2013
42% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) " A melancholy film with a big, soft heart" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 30, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Nothing wrong with the performances, it's the writing and directing that fail to deliver" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 30, 2013
—— The Darkside " A case of overpromising and underdelivering " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 21, 2013
88% Fill the Void (2013) " ..heir funny hats and weird hairdos don't camouflage the recognisable human characteristics we readily understand. For me, that is the film's most enduring and most important message" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 21, 2013
68% One Chance (2014) " A hero's journey on an operatic scale, One Chance brings together a wonderful, beneficial cinematic storm of a great story, superbly cast & performed and directed with exactly the right balance of heart and tension" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 21, 2013
63% Filth (2014) " Dark, subversive, chaotic and confronting, Filth seems to have been enormous fun for the cast and crew, but I'm not sure if many audiences will revel in the filth that the title so openly warns us of. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 14, 2013
31% Adore (2013) " Their world seems to hover between their own fantasy and the castrated culture which Fontaine creates. A nothingness envelops them" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 14, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " It may well have been titled Too Much Said, as two divorced women and a bickering married one are thrown into a relationship train wreck - two of them participants, the third a snappy onlooker" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 9, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Cumberbatch is fetching as Assange, and he manages to sound convincingly similar; he also captures the mannerisms. But more importantly, he conveys the deadpan egotism and edgy self promotion, coupled with a fervent belief in his own messianic status" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 9, 2013
60% Mr. Pip (2014) " "..from a story about literature as the door to imagination and inner freedom to the brutality of ignorance and the lack of imagination, from a coming of age story to a character portrait, and a hero's journey" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 2, 2013
93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Thank goodness ... for the performances, all powerful and compelling, from Michael B. Jordan as Oscar to the wonderful Octavia Spencer as his mum and Melonie Diaz as his gf Sophina" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 2, 2013
35% The Counselor (2013) " Every element of the film is designed for maximum impact, no matter how small its part in the big picture" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 2, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " There's a great deal of effort involved in making this film and I am full of admiration - even if not especially keen to see it again" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 28, 2013
—— Lasseter's Bones " It's a mythical story because of its scale and because of its mysteries, which Luke's intrepid journey seems to have enlarged. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 26, 2013
—— Remembrance (Die Verlorene Zeit) " Emotionally powerful and achingly romantic, despite the origins of the story in a WWII concentration camp, Remembrance is compelling viewing ... the gentle, subtle, restrained ending is exquisite" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 26, 2013
95% Sister (2012) " One of those films that quietly gets under your skin - in the best possible way. It's a film about character and relationships. And its unpredictability is what adds the dramatic tension" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 26, 2013
33% A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) " Occasionally un peux over le top, Fly Me To The Moon is nonetheless a charming and textured romantic comedy that takes us from the Masai to Moscow in its love chase" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 26, 2013
73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Having lived through it all - serving six Presidents - Cecile Gaines had a unique perspective, and the film does capture this quite well. But it's overly ambitious. The result is rather episodic, like getting Postcards from History" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 26, 2013
69% Renoir (2013) " Michel Bouquet's wonderful characterisation of Auguste Renoir remains the shining achievement of this delicate, reverential and sometimes gobsmackingly beautiful film" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2013
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " The ├łnglish twerp is a reliable staple of British humour, and Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge is like a second cousin to Basil Fawlty, a self centred incompetent whose capacity for grandiose self delusion knows no bounds" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " This is a beautiful film" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " If it weren't for the Greengrass/Ackroyd school of eye-crossing filmmaking, it would be even more intense and gripping, but this filmmaking duo prefer to use a hand held camera in all circumstances " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2013
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