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:
1152
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1152
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
49% 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
68% 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
78% 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 " "..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
94% 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
34% 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
63% 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
72% 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
68% 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 Ènglish 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
83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " It's a film that'll be most appreciated by lovers of cinema, especially aficionados of the horror genre - not the new wave but the old school" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2013
92% The Turning " The work creates its own rhythms and moods, and weaves a rich tapestry of human experience that keeps us engaged. That is the film's achievement" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2013
85% Mystery Road " Mystery Road, not far from Massacre Creek, is a place where mysteries are finally solved in Ivan Sen's powerful and gripping murder mystery. It has the makings of a genuine modern Australian myth, a rare thing in Australian cinema and one to be cherished" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " A romantic comedy with tragic twists. Feel the joy, feel the pain ... sweet and sour. Cinematically, the juxtapose is key" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 12, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " The focus on Diana becomes almost claustrophobic in its intensity" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 6, 2013
64% 2 Guns (2013) " Iceland's Baltasar Kormákur warms to the task of delivering a fun filled action thriller, with writer Blake Masters freely commandeering the Tarantino signature of quirky banal dialogue in the midst of action" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 6, 2013
64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " The utter irony in which this doco is steeped is that the very same reasons - the safe preservation of earth's environment - are now driving the very same people who stood against nuclear energy ... in favour of nuclear energy" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 29, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The film is far too long and repetitive, even though it's often gobsmacking in its frank portrayal of these truly nasty, ugly human beings who boast on television about their killings and are ready to keep on killing. Nay, keen to do so" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 29, 2013
49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " The film belongs to Mark Ruffalo in many ways, the central figure whose addiction, failure and redemption takes us in and out of laughter, tears and introspection. Gwyneth Paltrow is fresh and fabulous as Phoebe" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 29, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Together with perfect casting and a superb score, Gravity gets its exclamation mark from the astute use of 3D - adding a layer of thrills at key moments. Hell, they're all key moments" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 29, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " There is little doubt that most attention will focus on the relatively small but crucial role of Dorothy, Linda's mother, played with heartbreaking honesty by Sharon Stone" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 24, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " Occasionally engaging and sometimes thrilling; just not often enough" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 24, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " Although it's quite long at 2 1/2 hours, Prisoners holds interest and tension thanks to the strength of the screenplay and craftsmanship of the cast and crew. Be warned: you will not want to take a bathroom break during the film, so go before" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 24, 2013
47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " For a cinematic icon to get it so wrong, one has to assume it is deliberate; something to play with" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 15, 2013
41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " The thin, silly story stretched into a showcase for visual and special effects left me even colder than the cinema (VMax 2, Event, Sydney)" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 15, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " The schmaltzy resolution may work for the undemanding, but given how much fabulous work has gone into the film, it's a shame the result isn't a more complete success" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 15, 2013
67% Turbo (2013) " Perfectly predictable but endlessly entertaining and boasting amazing animation, Turbo is yet another zero to hero st" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 15, 2013
33% Small Apartments (2013) " Begins as a totally quirky novelty film with seemingly absurd, overdrawn and outrageous characters ... but ends up as an absolutely captivating, totally quirky novelty film - with heart and many surprises" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 10, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) " Like so much in this film, Riddick himself is a special effect, a near-superhuman hero who can withstand just about anything and who not so much gains our sympathy as demands our attention" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 10, 2013
67% Mood Indigo (2014) " Filled with visually arresting invention in virtually every frame, the film draws us into its bizarre, surreal world with humour and zest" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 10, 2013
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