Urban Cinefile Critics

Urban Cinefile Critics

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Launched in February 1997, www.urbancinefile.com.au is Australia's premier online movie magazine and winner of the 1998 AFR Internet Awards Best Arts & Entertainment Site Award. It was again judged among the top three Entertainment sites in the 2000 Awards. Edited by film journalist Andrew L. Urban, it is updated weekly, with a comprehensive menu of reviews covering all new film releases, many DVD and VHS releases, plus star interviews and behind the scenes features, news and box office reports. Streaming videocontent includes star interviews, location reports, movie reviews, trailers.
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50% The Reckoning (2014) " What I like most about John V. Soto's engaging police procedural cum thriller is that we get more than we bargained for." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2014
92% Venus in Fur (2014) " The two-hander plays like a crackling fire " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 12, 2014
58% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " The passionate and troubled love affair between reserved American poet Elizabeth Bishop and flamboyant Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares is a yin-yang affair in this engaging bio pic" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 12, 2014
83% Belle & Sebastian (2013) " When you see the keyart images of a young boy with a beautiful white dog at his side, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a lightweight family adventure. The elements of Nicolas Vanier's enchanting film however, are far richer " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 1, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " A nonsensical and impenetrable scenario that intrigues as a sensory experience with an alien seductress as our guide but frustrates in the final analysis. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted May 24, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Gory for the greater glory of the genre, 300: Rise of an Empire delivers what its predecessor promised, with all the skills of the filmmakers focused on gripping our senses and exciting them" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
54% Lovelace (2013) " It's voyeuristic, unbelievable and often shocking as it delivers surprises, twists and many elements of interest, including an effective depiction of the times during the sexual revolution" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 24, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " The beauty of this film - like the two before - is its natural flow of conversation and ability to engage and transport us into the moment" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 13, 2013
80% Reality (2013) " The themes involving the confused sense of today's reality hit a note, (but) the film is not funny enough, nor interesting enough to hold our attention for its 116 minute running time" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 29, 2013
31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The plot is rich and colourful and with a hi-ho Silver, non-stop humour and fast action; there is much to enjoy in the company of the incongruous trio of an in-form Depp, dashing Armie Hammer and a scene stealing white horse" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 29, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " A fantasy forest is a fabulous setting for animation; it is filled with all shapes and sizes and colours of flowers and animals ... Sweet and funny and sometimes exciting, Epic is a cleverly made visual delight, certain to keep younger kids entertained" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 24, 2013
—— The 25th Reich " Giant Nazi robot spiders and a swarm of giant mosquitoes are two of the classic sci-fi B movie elements given a new run in this throwback from Aussie filmmaker Stephen Amis, who clearly loves the genre. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 20, 2013
65% Antiviral (2013) " Cronenberg Jnr has created a reality that makes the skin crawl. Satire, horror and sci-fi meld into one delectably gruesome tale in which Caleb Landry Jones' pasty protagonist spends most of the film clutching a thermometer, syringe and a vial of blood" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 20, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Trying valiantly to replicate the charm of the enigmatic Twilight romance in a zombie reality, this adaptation stiffens like a corpse thanks to its silly script, and sadly neither Teresa Palmer or Nicholas Hoult are any match for Bela and Edward" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 6, 2013
89% Compliance (2012) " It's a creepy and frightening demonstration of the risks society faces when accepting authority without question. And it's made visceral by the astonishing performances" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 12, 2013
100% Life In Movement " What this documentary about 29 year old dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke achieves brilliantly, is the depiction of the way the artist becomes locked inside her work and creativity" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 7, 2012
85% The Yellow Sea (2011) " Probably the year's best crime drama and might be confirmation that there is a new master of the genre, spinning tough as teak tales, ready to emerge" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 5, 2011
11% Killers (2010) " Far from the knock out we hope for. " — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 29, 2010
95% Mother (Madeo) (2010) " Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho's fourth feature film, Mother, displays an assurance in suspenseful story telling that is remarkable." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 10, 2009
—— Tyson (1995) " A deft combination of Tyson telling his story, his boxing matches and the media view from the day makes this a left-right combo punch that hits the mark for both boxing and documentary fans" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 29, 2009
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) " Thirst is a smart and exotic piece of film-making from one of Asia's leading commercial talents and a quality example of an Asian director exploring a classic genre." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jun 29, 2009
75% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) " Moretti's imposing frame and presence form the heart of this unexpected tale about love, relationships and loss." — Urban Cinefile
Posted May 15, 2009
26% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) " There are more problems than ghosts in this charmless romantic comedy in which Matthew McConaughey's Lothario gets a lesson in the love stakes." — Urban Cinefile
Posted May 4, 2009
—— Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape " Uncomplicated escapism, made with the well oiled machinery of Hollywood." — Urban Cinefile
Posted May 1, 2009
—— Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009) " A tad too obvious for my liking but then it's a Sean William Scott movie -- so obviously it's obvious. But as a tennis redemption movie (not too many of them around) it stands out for a sense of gruff fun." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 9, 2009
—— Dead Write " Competently made and full of solid performances, Dead Write is an entertaining escape." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 25, 2009
—— The Watch (2008) " This efficient and tightly made (if slightly flawed) horror-tinged thriller has a terrific young cast and a zesty concept." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 19, 2009
100% Two Fists, One Heart (2009) " The themes are universal, and the simple (but not simplistic) story is delivered with considerable verve by debuting director Shawn Street and an ensemble cast that makes it zing." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 19, 2009
50% Salvation " True to his creative, eccentric and mischievous self, Paul Cox has made another film in which he spins a web of man's own doing, a wry, acidic tale that unmasks televangelists as fakes and moral dwarfs." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 19, 2009
—— Beautiful (2009) " Clearer storytelling would bring into focus the various aspects of the film that are scattered throughout with nothing to glue them together." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 13, 2009
—— The Combination (2009) " The kind of film Australians should be making more often. Hats off to the entire team and to David Field for his mature and intelligent direction of this gripping and relevant drama." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 11, 2009
—— I.R.A.: King of Nothing (2009) " The film is politically incorrect, but will no doubt connect with those who share Bobby's point of view. General audiences will no doubt find it and edgy political thriller." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 6, 2009
35% Pride and Glory (2008) " It's predictable, it's also escapist entertainment." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 29, 2009
89% The English Surgeon (2009) " This multi-award winning doco is a riveting insight into something that goes on every day within reach of us all, but out of sight and mind." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 14, 2009
—— Restraint (2008) " Dave Warner's taut and terrific screenplay gives director David Denneen plenty to work with in this classy, beautifully photographed thriller." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 15, 2008
—— Rock n Roll Nerd " It's Tim Minchin's downbeat, dark and fatalistic sense of humour that comes through in this great doco about his rise from nowhere to somewhere." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 24, 2008
—— Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007) " Tod Harrison Williams directs with a sense of humour that never takes cheap shots but isn't overtly reverential to the author, and the playful tone helps make the film entertaining as well as offbeat." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 18, 2008
—— L' Un Reste, l'Autre Part (One Stays, the Other Leaves) (2005) " Deception is tricky and full of pitfalls, but so is love and we are left to wonder throughout who will be the one to stay and the one to leave?" — Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 18, 2008
59% RocknRolla (2008) " A messy, often self-indulgent film with some redeeming features (including some of its humour), Guy Ritchie's crime thriller has above average intelligence, a great cast but a below par story structure." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 25, 2008
13% Agent Cody Banks 2 - Destination London (2004) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Monster (2004) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
73% Sky High (2005) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
38% The Missing Gun (2003) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
43% The Village (2004) " M. Night Shyamalan keeps the story vague enough to work up to his plot twist, and while I won't reveal it here, I will say that I don't think the payoff is worth it." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
78% Two Brothers (2004) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
26% Anatomy of Hell (2004) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
99% La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967) " It's a frank blend of exoticism, eroticism and foreshadowed horror." — Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
86% 24 Hour Party People (2002) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
75% Lady Chatterley (2007) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% Biggie and Tupac (2002) Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
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