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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
91% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) At once strange and compelling, Enyedi Ildiko's unique and fascinating film draws us in with subtle wisps of character intrigue and harsh reality. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
95% 1945 (2017) Poignant and melancholy, with the full weight of personal guilt driving the tension, 1945 is a monochrome film about a matter that is far from black and white.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Iannucci made the bravura decision to make a factual film of that event dressed in the black robe of English satire at its darkest. Surely, there was no other intelligent way to bring the story to an audience 75 years after the event. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) The sense of disappointment increases as the plot contorts, a dated spy movie ethos enveloping it, right to the end.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
74% The Mercy (2017) For all its flaws, The Mercy is still a worthwhile film, fascinating and technically well made. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) A mix of dramatized documentary and hilarious black comedy, I, Tonya is a bitter sweet biopic, with the most and funniest potty mouth dialogue in years.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) For all its many accomplishments, the film falls a little short. I am not often enough moved by the film, and not entirely engaged to let it flow through my subconscious, as perhaps intended. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) It is, on any analysis, a simple story that is elevated by the way it is told...Although I can't say the film carried me away, I appreciate the sincerity and dedication of the filmmaking team ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
85% Darkest Hour (2017) If history is of any interest to you, this is one of three current films dealing with one of the most momentous events of WWI‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Rich in detail yet simple in concept, Three Billboards confirms McDonagh as the most interesting maker of dark films outside, say, Scandinavia?‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) Small town noir has never had a better soundtrack. The Blair brothers have devised a magnificent sound, which not only creates the right mood but helps tell the story where dialogue is not needed. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I am reluctant to go into details to avoid the film's effect being spoilt, except to say Lanthimos walks a knife's edge between drama and what we might call supernatural horror, without signalling that he is doing so. Beware this film!‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) I love the fact that the screenplay and the direction assume an alert, invested audience. There is no dumbing down, or overt exposition.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
93% School Life (2017) Perhaps the filmmakers tried to do too much, include too much, film too much.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
80% Rough Stuff (2017) You may have missed this little Aussie gem of an actioner, as it slid into and out cinemas quickly before landing on digital platforms and DVD/blu-ray; no reason to miss it now, and every reason to take a look.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Made in the spirit of an animated movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a robust (occasionally foul mouthed) and multi-faceted spy thriller which mixes humour with grit and gruesomeness.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
91% Mountain (2018) Sublime, cerebral, poetic and musically evocative, Mountain takes us - it seems - to every mountain in the world in what appears to be a floating armchair, sometimes high above the peaks.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The royal performance by Judi Dench as Queen Victoria is the crowning glory of the film‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Talented filmmaker (and composer) Geremy Jasper piles on the street-smarts and the sense of chaos, edginess and uncertainty with glee ... and the use of over-stated hand held camera to introduce us to Patti's world. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
45% The Dinner (2017) What's for dinner? America, served with sauce de human nature, flavoured with prickly Paul (Steve Coogan) and a platter of guilt.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
89% Ali's Wedding (2017) This economical, dry sense of humour gets us off to a good start and Osamah Sami's larrikin-ish Ali helps keep us in the right frame of mind.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) The harsh world of Yorkshire family sized farming provides a graphic backdrop for what turns out to be a love story against the odds.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
84% The King's Choice (2017) Erik Poppe's beautifully calibrated historical drama is immersive and impressive, both for its authenticity and its story telling power.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The jungle scenes are marvellous, the 'savages' are beautiful and exotic, and the mantra that a man's 'reach should be greater than his grasp' clearly articulated.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) Although the material is slight, the humanity and its universality make it cinematic, if not entirely satisfying.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
65% The Wall (2017) Some of the chatter is borderline silly, but Liman holds it all together with astute filmcraft - and Taylor-Johnson's gritty performance.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) The themes of this story include cultures, family, retribution and the essentials of survival in the wilderness, even if that is within a helicopter ride of urban life.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) distinguishes herself in many ways among the genre's spies, from her vodka fetish to her bold fashion sense to her savage fighting skills and not least, to her sensual beauty.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Plagiarising their real life experiences on the road to romance, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon have written a screenplay that oozes with the black comedy of life, which is of course the good oil of strong comedy.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Truth to Power? Lies to people, would be a more accurate title for this blurt of propaganda which ends with calls for us in the audience to be #beinconvenient and to help push Al Gore's agenda for renewable energy and wipe coal off the face of the earth. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) For all its taut direction and editing, its thunderous sound and its historic origins, the film doesn't quite move us as deeply and as often as we expect. Perhaps Nolan is trying too hard to construct the mood with the tools at his command.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Fun for Francophiles, this is the armchair equivalent of touring France by car, allowing us to sit still while the travel unfolds on the screen, along with taste-bud tingling cuisine, wonderful wine and a bit of low level romantic sparkle.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Exhibiting the same subtle yet sharp stabs of humour that distinguished her Lost in Translation (2003), Sofia Coppola has fashioned a film that is even more beautiful than her The Virgin Suicides (1999). ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Chicken People (2016) It's jaw dropping at times, the level of obsession exhibited by these chicken people, and illuminating to realise that there is a whole big world - a very big world - full of show chickens and other poultry.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Theatre director William Oldroyd distinguishes himself with this feature debut, demonstrating a strong cinematic instinct, letting images work; they speak volumes.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Chocolat (2016) It's a bitter sweet story of a shooting star, its trajectory similar to any one of a handful of rock stars and the like, but given added depth, texture and resonance by history and circumstance.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Edited into a cohesive work, the film provides more than a glimpse, less than a complete insight, but it is a fascinating exploration for fans and anyone else interested in the human condition.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
49% Churchill (2017) Driven by wonderful performances from all, notably Brian Cox as Churchill and Miranda Richardson as Clemmie ... not forgetting a superb cameo by James Purefoy at King George VI.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Another jolly roger of a comedic adventure in the Caribbean, Pirates 5 (for shorthand) is as robust as it is helter skelter. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
67% Alien: Covenant (2017) it fails the authenticity test, and gives rise to the sad thought that it's the result of a creative draught. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Amadeus (2017) A sensational fusion of cinema, theatre and music, Amadeus from the National Theatre in HD is one of the most satisfying, rewarding and engaging cinematic events of my year. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
71% Viceroy's House (2017) The most profound accomplishment of this haunting film is Chadha's ability to manage the multi-protagonist elements and the multi-layered story, forging a cohesive and satisfying epic.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
90% Their Finest (2017) The humour is British - low key but often barbed - and the filmmakers manage to control the tone of the film through the many elements of the human experience from love and art to death and broken relationships. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
91% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A wrenching portrait.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
56% Trespass Against Us (2017) The irony is that we are enthralled by the cast creating marvellously three dimensional characters, yet we are not really engaged by them nor care for most of them. Perhaps the result of heavily accented dialogue that's hard to unscramble ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
84% Silence (2017) It is visually gorgeous if thematically brutal... It tends to overshadow the theological and intellectual aspects of the work, which can be viewed either as a tribute to Christianity or a savage deconstruction of it. Both readings are valid.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) A terrific film in the style of Hollywood 'applause' films, where the heroes or heroines are portrayed as not only morally superior but endlessly likeable‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Acclaimed with awards and showered with positive reviews though it is, Toni Erdmann has somehow missed out on making me a fan, despite the excellent performances and its quirky qualities ‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) you can't squawk at a film which keeps Bob the Cat in close ups long enough to make you feel he's a friend.... not just a star‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
35% Live By Night (2017) The film looks the goods, although at times it's lit too brightly to be really true to the spirit of that genre, but there is a muddle in the editing, which comes from a muddle in the writing‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017