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Andrew L. Urban

Andrew L. Urban
Andrew L. Urban's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) already groaning under a surfeit of sentimentality, Collateral Beauty could shed some of its syrup to achieve bigger, deeper impact. It also overloads on death ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Menkoff Method (2016) The film weaves together its varied elements -- from manga to zombie to action -- in helter skelter style, although it sometimes loses tension and our interest. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jan 9, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Technically brilliant, Rogue One delivers the spectacle and the aerial combat that are such signatures of the Star Wars ethos, with some eye pleasing vistas of a hectic part of the stunningly beautiful universe ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 13, 2016
95% Moana (2016) We are so spoilt by the amazing achievements of animation we hardly notice when something special comes along, unless we look out for it. Moana makes us look ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 10, 2016
70% Sing (2016) It's just wonderful ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 10, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Superbly designed and filmed, Allied is a film for grown ups that appreciate drama which reflects life that is not seen through a fake cinematic filter ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Dec 10, 2016
93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) It's not the story that engages us; it's the storytelling and the cinematic language. An economical screenplay with the barest dialogue is given screen life with images, silences and action ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 26, 2016
27% Golden Years (2016) Founded on solidly serious themes of ageing, dying, illness and crime, the film does not on the surface offer much hope for fun, but the surface is exactly where the fun is ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 26, 2016
56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) Writer/director Matthew Holmes steers and controls the film's tone with a single minded focus that serves the film well, appealing to the serious historian and invested film lover ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 26, 2016
100% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016) We are indeed all crazy in our own way, and it can be a fine line between some on the outside and some on the inside - as Paolo Virzi's film suggests ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 20, 2016
84% The Founder (2017) A fascinating story ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 20, 2016
89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) There are some arresting images at the beginning of the film that signal a visual storyteller and indeed the film opens a window into a world that is at once half familiar and foreign ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Nov 5, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) Distinguished by a wonderfully nuanced, varied and haunting score thanks to Australian musos Nick Cave and Warren Ellis ...is a fascinating hybrid of melancholy morality play, modern Western and arthouse drama ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 22, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Nicolas Winding Refn comes close to self-indulgence when moderation would help, but then who the hell wants moderation in a film that is anything but moderate ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Enjoyable on a superficial level and attractively made, Café Society is not Woody Allen at his very best. As always, though, his sublime taste in music makes up for much of the lack-lustre screenplay ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2016
82% Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) Eliminating all the complexities that could make the film a gripping ride into a singular aspect the human psyche as well as a fascinating glimpse into the limitations of our justice system, Dounoukos has drained the film of its potential impact ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 10, 2016
82% Julieta (2016) Like an Agatha Christie mystery, it conforms to the brand, but in some ways it loses its power as a result ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 10, 2016
100% Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015) This is an impressive film debut. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 6, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Hilariously inventive ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 9, 2016
85% Sully (2016) A gripping film ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Sep 9, 2016
91% The Confirmation (2016) It's amusing and endearing but rather flat dramatically ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% The Queen of Ireland (2015) Although there is nothing especially new in its exploration of homosexuality or drag culture, it is a well paced and entertaining work, ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
93% My Scientology Movie (2017) The most damaging information paints the religion more like a feral cult ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Challenging, complex and engaging ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) Brainy as well as brawny, The Infiltrator works on several levels, not least as a well observed insight into the impact of being an undercover agent targeting specific people ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% Blood Father (2016) Mel Gibson does grizzly! ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 25, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) The bloody, brutal American Civil War continues to be the source for some exceptional stories, interesting both historically and socially, and like this one, with a very long tail ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 22, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) With no disrespect to the publisher, this remake of Ben-Hur is like a Reader's Digest version, stripped down to its plot points and made with a combination of spectacle and old fashioned Christian schmaltz ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 21, 2016
72% The Carer (2015) A wonderful screenplay full of wit and brimstone drives this - I was going to write charming but it's much tougher than that - emotionally satisfying and dramatically satisfying comedy ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 20, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Despite the film's breezy approach, it reveals the darker sides of the story ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 17, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) James Schamus' successful adaptation and remarkable directing debut of Indignation is a cinematic joy for grown ups who enjoy the challenge of complex, intelligent drama based on characters ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 15, 2016
95% Tickled (2016) It starts as a curiosity show and ends as a thriller ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 14, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) I haven't read the book, but if the film is anything to go by, it is rather pretentious and un-engaging ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 14, 2016
100% Truman (2015) A wonderfully elegant and restrained score, sparingly used, provides the perfect mood for this subtle yet powerful story about male friendship, and man's best friend ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 8, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Of the various themes explored in this complex story, Joachim Trier's fascination with the way our memories are manipulated by our unconscious is the most interesting ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 8, 2016
61% Down Under (2016) There are far too few moments of wit and far too many stretches of raucous swearing, and it's difficult to get even black comedy working in such a negative and crude environment as these characters find themselves in ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 8, 2016
49% Hardcore Henry (2016) Dirty Harry has nothing on Hardcore Henry, whose day is constantly being made by an army of robotic mercenaries singularly incapable of overcoming Henry's superior combat skills ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 30, 2016
100% Embrace (2016) Embrace is an uplifting and engaging film with plenty of guts, setting out the social parameters that constrain women of almost all ages by impossible, self imposed criteria. Good on her ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 30, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) This odd couple is a hook for black comedy. They do bad things. Bad things happen to them. Life poops in their soup. Just like any of us, really, and that's why we love to laugh at them, with them, about them and despite them ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 30, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Fast paced, engaging, inventive, intelligent and thrilling, Jason Bourne reminds us what a talented director Paul Greengrass is - and what a great script writer, too ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 26, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) This is one hulluva documentary, and not because of Anthony Weiner's sexting about his weiner ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 23, 2016
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) What I find noteworthy about this film is that you don't fully realise its power until the ending. It subtly unfolds ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 23, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) The many awards and accolades (including an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film) together with positive reviews quoted on the marketing materials for this film lifted my expectations - perhaps too high ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 23, 2016
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) A surprisingly intimate, revealing and engaging documentary ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 17, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Whit Stillman doesn't go far enough, not for me anyway, with his stylised satire about a right bitch of a scheming, lying, selfish woman, Lady Susan Vernon - played to the death by a sparkling Kate Beckinsale ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 17, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) The authenticity of place and time, the bubbling performances of the teens who take centre stage in this almost mythical story of growing into their dreams, and the music combine to give us an enthralling time ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 12, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Although this adaptation has a few gaps and the genre is more thriller than spy movie, it is a well produced and made movie sausage - no disrespect intended ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 12, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Lindon draws us in beautifully to his character, even though there isn't much to explore. It all relies on the final scene, a weak payoff to justify the title ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 9, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) It's an entertaining popcorn movie sure to satisfy its target market of younger audiences, done with all the polish that Hollywood money can buy ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 9, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Technically flawless, The BFG is a fantasy, but Roald Dahl didn't make a name for himself by being insipid ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 9, 2016