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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 70% Touched With Fire (2016) This is a movie that belongs to the two leads, not to mention the more than five million Americans whose manic moods are embraced here instead of ignored. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Witch (2016) An assortment of nasty images -- both real and imagined -- dance through the minds of these tortured family members, albeit slowly and, honestly, more menacingly than downright frightening. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4.5/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Relative unknowns Daisy Ridley, a legitimate star in the making, and John Boyega sort of pick up where the likes of Leia and Han left off. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4.5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) Ronan certainly does drive it into solid holiday material for the big screen, but there's also much to cherish about its look, feel and meaningful contributions from just about everyone else involved. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 27, 2015
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) The Catholic Church and its infamous pedophile clerics go under the microscope of a crack reporting team in a detail-oriented gem that's right up there with the brilliant newspaper-movie likes of "All the President's Men" and "Absence of Malice." ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 19, 2015
5/5 94% Room (2015) It's pretty special stuff as offered up by Donoghue and director Lenny Abrahamson. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 13, 2015
4/5 73% Suffragette (2015) If a brief but stirring appearance by Meryl Streep doesn't wake up the masses, then Brendan Gleeson's bullying brilliance (as a hired-gun police inspector) certainly will. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 5, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Expect Academy Award nominations all-around, including a big one for Mark Rylance, whose extremely human performance will continue to clog the season's strongest Oscar category, Best Supporting Actor. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) "Goosebumps" really comes to life when the monsters come out to play. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 84% The Walk (2015) On top of the world's then-tallest buildings likely will be the only time most of us have been scared to look down while actually looking up at a screen. (Queasy is probably not exactly the first word that will come to mind.) ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/5 61% Southpaw (2015) 'Southpaw' could have been a contender to become a memorable summer movie if it weren't so darn melodramatic in just about all the wrong places. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 25, 2015
4.5/5 95% Amy (2015) Most appealing is that those of us who somehow chose to ignore Winehouse's profound musical style when she was alive can now in her death learn to cherish what her fans have loved all along the way. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 12, 2015
4.5/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) For one thing, its top-billed teen-age characters look, feel and sound about as genuine as it gets when it comes to Hollywood fiction these days. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 75% Good Kill (2015) "Good Kill" does not offer any easy moral answers or, for that matter, less-than-intense air-strike sequences that would make it a more painless picture to watch. Of course, the most meaningful ones rarely do. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 44% True Story (2015) One of the creepiest disclosures in this rather weird movie comes at the very end, when we discover how a couple of the featured players are getting along now. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) For some reason we expected much more from this Farrelly Brothers sequel, whose less-than-energetic screenplay and sparse number of gut-busting laughs makes it one of the year's most disappointing and surprisingly dull films. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 13, 2014
5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Following a few compelling turns and sly plot twists, the final confrontation between gifted student and tyrannical teacher comes quickly, then ends on an equally sudden if just about perfect note. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) The good-to-see Rene Russo plays the ratings-happy producer showing off Bloom's wares on a nightly basis, but this is strictly the often chilling Gyllenhaal's one-man show. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4.5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Equally remarkable is co-writer and director Innaritu's ability to keep it all whole, constantly coming at us, and innovatively funny. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 91% Dear White People (2014) Tessa Thompson steals the picture with the mostly radical rants of a character described as 'a Lisa Bonet wannabe'. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3.5/5 78% St. Vincent (2014) There are enough light moments -- and even a few surprisingly touching ones -- to recommend it, if only to marvel at how easily the ex-"SNL" star can carry a movie. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) I hated watching these people but couldn't take my eyes off the screen. They're so crazy bad that the movie becomes crazy good. Just not so luridly great. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) There's little syrupy, mindless junk to be found here, just plenty of invention from the 3-D, stop-motion gang that also gave us the step-above "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Sep 25, 2014
4.5/5 89% Calvary (2014) It's not exactly a walk on the wild side, but it will take a stout heart to deal with the hostility and venom dished out by an assortment of troubled parishioners, all introduced taking Holy Communion, of all things. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) It truly is an epic account of anyone's/everyone's simple life story. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Aug 1, 2014
5/5 80% Get On Up (2014) The twins playing the pre-teen Brown (Jamarion and Jordan Scott) do a sweet job of understating the pain in the childhood of the superstar-to-be, and Boseman carries the rest with a mix of pure talent, confidence, magnetism and rage. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) By Friday night, anyone who has seen this first "Guardians" will be speaking volumes about all its future possibilities, especially big-name actors scampering to hop aboard for a potentially huge and long franchise ride. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/5 19% And So It Goes (2014) The best reason to see the film lies in the performance of good ol' Frances Sternhagen...her smoky delivery really is priceless. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 67% Lucy (2014) Thank goodness Mr. Jang (Min-Sik Choi), the preeminent villain in movies this year, almost saves the day when the story veers toward territory already presented last spring in Johnny Depp's "Transcendence." ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4.5/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Please know that it all adds up to a seriously gripping, always thought-provoking narrative for our cautious times. Ironically, it includes one last enormous performance from one of our most trustworthy actors, an unfortunate gift to us all. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 89% Venus in Fur (2014) Music by six-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat should inspire the senses, too, if somehow the moves of Seigner (the real-life Mrs. Polanski) don't do enough for you. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4.5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) Certainly (Ebert and Siskel) together wouldn't have enough digits to bestow honest praise on a film that so nicely records their relationship and will be embraced by anyone who loves movies crowded with genuine humanity. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) Trouble is, it never really takes us to joyous parts unknown, just through some absurd sketch-like situations that might actually work in any of McCarthy's appearances on "Saturday Night Live." ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 52% Jersey Boys (2014) Just so suddenly, what has been a so-so opening turns into a solid attraction. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jun 21, 2014
3/5 60% The Signal (2014) ...a visually smart little sci-fi ditty. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Ultimatum") does a nice job of taking a script credited to three screenwriters and mixing in moments of humor with mostly non-stop action. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Jun 10, 2014
4/5 50% Maleficent (2014) The piercing blue eyes and pouting red lips of the stunning Angelina Jolie make a perfect "Maleficent." ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) Oy and hooray! ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Akron-area product Jim Jarmusch offers up one of his most accessible films, a vampire piece for the ages -- literally. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 29, 2014
4.5/5 91% Locke (2014) That writer ("Eastern Promises") and director ("Redemption") Steven Knight introduces Ivan Locke as his only visible character speaks volumes about his own self-confidence as a filmmaker. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) Its true story actually smells rather fishy in that almost everything about it plays as manufactured schmaltz. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) I swear that same sense of dread that overwhelmed me watching all those cheesy if menacing "monster movies" of the '50s and '60s came back once more, only now accompanied by a recognizable cast and superior special effects. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) Such a truly uneasy and atmospheric ride leads to all hell breaking loose in a tortuous last reel that leaves conclusions up to personal interpretation. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) It's the simple boy-girl connection between the popularly quirky Depp and the always lovely Hall that holds it all together. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 47% Heaven Is for Real (2014) Best known as the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for "Braveheart," Randall Wallace frames his piece with a gentle and all-inclusive touch that welcomes as many doubters as believers. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2.5/5 60% Draft Day (2014) Who is going to see this movie if not NFL fans? Won't most of them easily recognize the oh-so-many miscues offered up by director Ivan Reitman and a mostly misleading screenplay? ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) After not helming big-screen offerings for almost nine years (not since "You, Me and Dupree"), Cleveland-reared directors Anthony and Joe Russo throw in a few inspired winks to some stimulating movies from the more politically influenced past. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/5 66% Bad Words (2014) Once you stop chuckling at some of the blatantly nasty shenanigans, you realize that maybe you shouldn't be laughing at all. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) Director Jaume Collet-Serra, working with a script credited to three writers, takes a few twists around conventional wisdoms collected post 9/11. However, moving the story along is another matter entirely. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Mar 1, 2014
3.5/5 49% RoboCop (2014) Give all concerned credit for keeping us involved and -- gasp! -- actually making their audience think a little. ‐ Your Movies (
Posted Feb 12, 2014