Andrew L. Urban Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
62% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
82% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
90% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
73% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
93% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
95% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
92% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
90% 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
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
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
72% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
91% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
91% 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
79% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
44% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
85% 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
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
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
66% 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
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
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
79% 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
79% 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
89% 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
86% 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