John Urbancich

John Urbancich

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Sun Newspapers, Clevelandmember, BFCA
Publications:
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
161
Total QuickRatings:
52
Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 89% Calvary (2014) " It's not exactly a walk on the wild side, but it will take a stout heart to deal with the hostility and venom dished out by an assortment of troubled parishioners, all introduced taking Holy Communion, of all things." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " It truly is an epic account of anyone's/everyone's simple life story. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 1, 2014
5/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " The twins playing the pre-teen Brown (Jamarion and Jordan Scott) do a sweet job of understating the pain in the childhood of the superstar-to-be, and Boseman carries the rest with a mix of pure talent, confidence, magnetism and rage." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " By Friday night, anyone who has seen this first "Guardians" will be speaking volumes about all its future possibilities, especially big-name actors scampering to hop aboard for a potentially huge and long franchise ride." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " The best reason to see the film lies in the performance of good ol' Frances Sternhagen...her smoky delivery really is priceless." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Thank goodness Mr. Jang (Min-Sik Choi), the preeminent villain in movies this year, almost saves the day when the story veers toward territory already presented last spring in Johnny Depp's "Transcendence." " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4.5/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Please know that it all adds up to a seriously gripping, always thought-provoking narrative for our cautious times. Ironically, it includes one last enormous performance from one of our most trustworthy actors, an unfortunate gift to us all. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 92% Venus in Fur (2014) " Music by six-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat should inspire the senses, too, if somehow the moves of Seigner (the real-life Mrs. Polanski) don't do enough for you." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4.5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " Certainly (Ebert and Siskel) together wouldn't have enough digits to bestow honest praise on a film that so nicely records their relationship and will be embraced by anyone who loves movies crowded with genuine humanity." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) " Trouble is, it never really takes us to joyous parts unknown, just through some absurd sketch-like situations that might actually work in any of McCarthy's appearances on "Saturday Night Live."" — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Just so suddenly, what has been a so-so opening turns into a solid attraction." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jun 21, 2014
3/5 55% The Signal (2014) " ...a visually smart little sci-fi ditty." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Ultimatum") does a nice job of taking a script credited to three screenwriters and mixing in moments of humor with mostly non-stop action." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jun 10, 2014
4/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " The piercing blue eyes and pouting red lips of the stunning Angelina Jolie make a perfect "Maleficent." " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Oy and hooray!" — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Akron-area product Jim Jarmusch offers up one of his most accessible films, a vampire piece for the ages -- literally. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 29, 2014
4.5/5 89% Locke (2014) " That writer ("Eastern Promises") and director ("Redemption") Steven Knight introduces Ivan Locke as his only visible character speaks volumes about his own self-confidence as a filmmaker. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Its true story actually smells rather fishy in that almost everything about it plays as manufactured schmaltz. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " I swear that same sense of dread that overwhelmed me watching all those cheesy if menacing "monster movies" of the '50s and '60s came back once more, only now accompanied by a recognizable cast and superior special effects." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " Such a truly uneasy and atmospheric ride leads to all hell breaking loose in a tortuous last reel that leaves conclusions up to personal interpretation." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " It's the simple boy-girl connection between the popularly quirky Depp and the always lovely Hall that holds it all together. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Best known as the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for "Braveheart," Randall Wallace frames his piece with a gentle and all-inclusive touch that welcomes as many doubters as believers." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2.5/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Who is going to see this movie if not NFL fans? Won't most of them easily recognize the oh-so-many miscues offered up by director Ivan Reitman and a mostly misleading screenplay?" — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " After not helming big-screen offerings for almost nine years (not since "You, Me and Dupree"), Cleveland-reared directors Anthony and Joe Russo throw in a few inspired winks to some stimulating movies from the more politically influenced past. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/5 65% Bad Words (2014) " Once you stop chuckling at some of the blatantly nasty shenanigans, you realize that maybe you shouldn't be laughing at all." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Director Jaume Collet-Serra, working with a script credited to three writers, takes a few twists around conventional wisdoms collected post 9/11. However, moving the story along is another matter entirely." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Mar 1, 2014
3.5/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " Give all concerned credit for keeping us involved and -- gasp! -- actually making their audience think a little." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " ...lapses of logic abound in a movie that probably should have debuted on some romance-inspired cable-TV network. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Dickensian scholars might even declare, "It's a pip!"" — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/5 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " All complaints aside, the heavy action material still outpaces the faulty logic, and Branagh, doubling as director, once more proves he can handle popcorn cinema ("Thor") as swell as he does Shakespeare." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " ...the real reason why one man could be left standing while 19 others actually died gets rushed into a 30-minute climax, featuring a surprising wartime humanity that won't be revealed here." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4.5/5 94% Her (2013) " Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation") makes it all palpable with a combination of charm, humor and human interaction for Theo in the form of an intriguing best friend (the always convincing Amy Adams, appearing almost unrecognizable)." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Think Elizabeth Taylor in full-"Virginia Woolf" mode, and then some, as Streep starts the very special revelation sequence with, "You never know when someone might need a kidney," before taking her pound of flesh from everyone." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " By the time Carrie's famous blood-splattering climax strangely twists and turns toward a final curtain, there even might be room for a sequel. But I doubt it. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " ...this is one theater trip that still plays out as harrowingly as the real thing. In fact, a final scene with Phillips/Hanks gasping for air and emotionally letting it all hang out is as good as it gets at the movies." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " ...the darkness honed by world-class cinematographer Roger Deakins surrounds the disappearance of two little girls, with just about every member of an impressive cast being held captive by the stylishly gloomy situation." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3.5/5 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " ... a film which doesn't necessarily equate to its title in the early going. It should grow on you, however ..." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3.5/5 74% You're Next (2013) " ... maybe the best answer to what's next for "You're Next" is a legitimate stab at full-fledged stardom for genuine scene-stealer Sharni Vinson." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " Obvious nods to old sci-fi gems ... also enter the crowded picture, which falls short of perfection only during a prolonged last few minutes when the gang bravely reaches beyond formula." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 69% Disconnect (2013) " ...long after Rubin's absorbing menu of issues intersect in a sparkling and unpredictable climax, his film likely will leave you thinking about much of what you've witnessed. " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " ...a convoluted mix of violence, not-so-witty humor and spaghetti western, with a tad too much tomato sauce thrown on top by director Baltasar Kormakur." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3.5/5 34% The Internship (2013) " ...in a very funny bit of salesmanship (what else?), our heroes talk their way into trying out for the gig, and the rest becomes a cornball and, at times, charming piece of fluff." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3.5/5 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " First love, a friend's powerless deception and a perfectly timeless score, credited to Ryan Miller, keep things moving along in a feel-good kind of way." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
2/5 65% The Heat (2013) " Poor production values, shoddy editing and too many clich├ęs cool off a seen-it-all before comedy that even Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy can't save." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
4/5 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " It's certainly not your ol' man's "Lone Ranger," Kemo Sabe, but there's still plenty of kicks and stunts to make you wanna shout, "Hi-O, Silver! Away!" " — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
4.5/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " All of these special ladies -- most of them ironically unsung and often exploited -- obviously know their way around a microphone" — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " If it sounds kinda fun, please know it is, with those aforementioned scientists (TV faces Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) creating some laughs with their goofy nature of oneupsmanship." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " In winning an Oscar for their adapted screenplay of "The Descendants," ex-Groundlings comics Faxon and Rash proved they can turn a poignant phrase and still produce enough humor to save the day. They certainly turn the same trick here..." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
5/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " None of it is particularly bloody or violent, but young Wan and twin screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes, up to now mostly unheralded in the horror genre, fashion a harrowing montage of thrills from beginning to end." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " ...the outtake that closes the proceedings, with the four principals of the titled "family" applauding and laughing at and with their certified star, Jennifer Aniston, once and always from TV's "Friends," might be the most memorable moment in their movie." — Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Posted Aug 17, 2013
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