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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
89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A wrenching portrait.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
57% 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
85% 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
92% 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
77% 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
34% 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
82% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) The delicious promise is that this dinner party will be a feast for the audience, a series of embarrassing revelations which are entertaining if you are in your comfy cinema seat, but traumatic if you are at the table‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
73% Sing (2016) It's just wonderful‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
83% The Founder (2017) A fascinating story‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
83% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
100% Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015) This is an impressive film debut.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Hilariously inventive‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
85% Sully (2016) A gripping film‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
91% The Confirmation (2016) It's amusing and endearing but rather flat dramatically‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% My Scientology Movie (2017) The most damaging information paints the religion more like a feral cult‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Challenging, complex and engaging‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% Blood Father (2016) Mel Gibson does grizzly!‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Despite the film's breezy approach, it reveals the darker sides of the story‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
93% Tickled (2016) It starts as a curiosity show and ends as a thriller‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
100% Truman (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2016
59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2016