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
9% 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
92% 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
50% 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
100% Mountain (2017) 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
67% 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
51% 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
87% 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
98% 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
83% 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
88% 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
67% 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
76% 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
78% 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
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
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
29% 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
69% 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
72% 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
88% 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
89% 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
92% 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
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
83% 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
14% 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
96% 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
59% 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
45% 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
82% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) 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