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:
1188
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1188
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " You can't ignore Lars von Trier as a filmmaker, but he is a wanker, or as he told me during an interview in Cannes, "a masturbator of the silver screen" - and masturbation is one of the more moderate sexual activities in Nymphomaniac, as we would expect" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Full of clever, sweet and invention, Mr Peabody & Sherman is proof of the old adage (in reverse) that every dog should have a boy" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " Fans will flock to see what Gareth Evans has come up with for the sequel and they won't be disappointed, if they are looking for fierce close combat and a variety of slash/bash/slice/gouge weaponry." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
29% Pompeii (2014) " A dumbed down / pumped up story set against the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, this is a movie for undiscerning audiences kee" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Little clay figures, mouths agape, arms raised, crying in pain, dying of starvation ... each little figure drawing us in with their silence and their stillness like great actors" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
99% Wadjda (2013) " The film disguises its liberal editorial message with a superbly veiled screenplay; we're just looking ... but of course, we're also seeing, a much more invasive activity" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " An undemanding fun ride, ideal accompaniment to popcorn" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
22% Need For Speed (2014) " For all its predictable turns and its final resolution, Need For Speed excels at what it sets out to do as a gripping action thriller which offers us high speed escape and wish fulfillment" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Sometimes perfunctory, often hitting false notes, the film lacks the punch of its story" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " it is as a piece of drama about the human condition that this film needs to be assessed, and on that score - with a few quibbles about structure and flashbacks and occasional lack of clarity - it is successful, in its own rigorous way" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
9% Vampire Academy (2014) " I really did try to channel the 17 year old high school girl within, byzantine, bitchy scheming an' all, but it's a stretch too far, and had to be content with enjoying the performances" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 4, 2014
30% Last Love (2013) " has a bitter sweet quality that will appeal to an older demographic whose empathy with the themes will overcome the glitches" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 1, 2014
93% All Is Lost (2013) " Full of detail, the film is almost claustrophobic at times as we stay inside the cabin of the yacht while the ocean heaves outside, the wind howls, the boat shrieks... it's a unique work" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 1, 2014
82% Tracks (2014) " it has Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, absolutely authentic and credible as a character as well as being insightful about her" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 1, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki has paid a respectful tribute to one of Japan's great sons, Jiro Horikoshi, who engineered Japan's fabulously elegant and efficient fighter planes in World War II" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 21, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " The humour comes mostly from painful places, our recognition of painful truths and/or just the authenticity of responses by the characters, sometimes delivered as nothing more than a glance or a thin smile. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Feb 21, 2014
49% 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
48% 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
93% 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
77% 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
55% 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
66% 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
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