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
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
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% Hotel Mumbai (2019) It's a demanding and challenging film, confronting as it takes us so close to an inhuman, amoral hate we cannot comprehend. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) With limited images but telling sounds and dialogue, The Guilty creates a unique movie inside each of our heads. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) I guess most survivor thrillers are kinda torture porn and Arctic is one in which the torture is dealt out by nature. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) You could call it operatic, if there was more music and singing, a history rich in drama, intrigue, death, destruction, power - and a bit of love. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Both Mortensen and rapper/actor Mahershala give us profoundly anchored characterisations, showing two imperfect people grappling with a flawed world. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Full of bold cinematic ideas, Vice has a personality of its own, quite distinct from but complimentary to the character (Jesse Plemons) who provides some narration for the film, as well as a body part ... but let's leave that bit for you to discover. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Fruity is what it is, sometimes squashy and overripe, sometimes firm and appealing, but everything about this film is rich and slightly pungent, including the characters. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) If you want an uplifting entertainment, go and see Mary Poppins this Christmas. But if you want cinema that challenges and digs into your soul, catch a Cold War. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Apart from a couple of minor continuity fibs, the filmmakers do a solid job of emulating a Hollywood thriller, down to the scrambled hand held camera work - which sometimes fails to provide clear information. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The film is entertaining and engaging, with plenty of character to be involved with, not to mention gentlemanly 'old world' bank robbing. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Whether you are or were a Queen fan, Bohemian Rhapsody stands alone as a terrific film, made the more moving and engaging by the truth of its story, complete with its pathos, melancholy, triumph and death. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
24% Van Helsing (2004) Van Helsing is the epitome of an escapist movie - the kind that used to be shown on Saturday afternoon. But now, thanks to massive budgets and big-name stars, Saturday comes seven days a week. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
81% X-Men (2000) Indeed, even Hugh Jackman was not cast in this role for his neon-lit global fame among the youth... although he earns a place in the starry firmament of cinema with this well judged performance. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) Moulin Rouge is a seductive and original film, a turbocharged tribute to romanticism. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga is a natural; Ally is talented and cursed with the insecurity that is talent's twin. Her face glows with natural beauty, not manufactured and not afraid of the camera's intrusions. There is chemistry there ... - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) You're going to remember this film. And you're going to remember Darlene (Cynthia Erivo), the black singer whose voice is as good as her story. And young Miles (Lewis Pullman), the motel gofer whose innocuous presence hides a secret or 23. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% First Man (2018) For those familiar with the history of both the politics and the space program, it is a neat reminder, and highly relevant in an age which takes it for granted that man can make a film the credible replicates the moon landing... - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
92% Searching (2018) This is not just a high concept movie, it is a drama well served by a script that is designed to fit the vehicle and vice versa. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee is a political activist and 'jive artist' of note so you would not be surprised that Blackkklansman is not just strong cinema but strong on propaganda, too. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It starts all flim-flam and multi coloured visuals, makes you smile and laugh until you're hooked and then it brings up the heavy guns of drama: broken loyalties, broken families, broken promises and broken hearts. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Edgy, stylised, surprising, peppered with on and off screen brutal violence, intriguing and intense, frequent jump cuts and musical stabs, this is the work of a filmmaker whose excesses are adornments to her work. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ending with a trio of climaxes, M:I 6 justifies its lengthy running time by an outstanding marriage of creative writing and bravura execution. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
97% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
75% The Mercy (2018) For all its flaws, The Mercy is still a worthwhile film, fascinating and technically well made. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
84% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
77% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
7% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
53% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The royal performance by Judi Dench as Queen Victoria is the crowning glory of the film - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
83% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
92% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
97% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
86% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017