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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 66% Life (2017) It smells like an "Alien" clone, then seriously does take on, uh, well . . . a somewhat firm life of its own.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3.5/5 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) 'Kong' remains a pretty darn good popcorn movie. Just don't let any of the often gory details thrown up by this alleged "PG-13" offering get in the way of your digestive system.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 82% A United Kingdom (2017) Oyetolo ("Selma") and Pike ("Gone Girl") are simply heartbreaking, either together or apart, in turning back family biases and political racism.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) Jackman's solemn performance matches perfectly with the surprises Mangold has in store during the emotional and action-packed farewell to an iconic hero. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 19% Table 19 (2017) You really shouldn't be looking at your watch more times than you laugh during an 87-minute comedy.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Though Dudok de Wit's film is a nominee for Best Animated Feature, it says here it won't win ... Regardless, there are more taxing ways to spend 80 minutes than leisurely absorbing his gorgeously framed, often moving images.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Want to put a little gore on your funny bone at the movies this weekend? Then just try to get in to "Get Out," a very clever horror film with enough social satire to start a great debate or three.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This spin-off of 2014's original and, it says here, superior "Lego Movie," features first-film scene-stealer Batman as the centerpiece for about a million and one things swirling around him.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/5 25% The Comedian (2017) Certainly someone somewhere probably anticipated a notable performance from the regularly distinguished Robert De Niro, as aging Jackie Burke, a mean-spirited standup comic with heart to match. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
4/5 83% Julieta (2016) Through it all, and certainly with their writer/director's guidance, Suarez and the equally marvelous Adriana Jugarte (as the younger Julieta) suggest leading ladies that even the great Hitchcock would embrace.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) At times, the whole thing smells of period psychobabble, but it's more often a compelling coming-of-age tale with accomplished cast to match. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/5 83% The Founder (2017) If you like the milk shakes at Mickey D's, stay away from this film or you may never enjoy one again. What a Kroc! ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch takes us for a week in the life of his bus driver/poet (Driver), a working man with a kooky wife (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani), a spiteful dog, and pals and acquaintances that help make this film an easy, often charming watch. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 75% Split (2017) What likely will rejuvenate the career of former A-list filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan becomes a genuine creepy-crawly thriller around a remarkable performance by James McAvoy.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Three heroic African-American women carry this true NASA story to the heights of crowd-pleasing. The recent death of living legend/astronaut John Glenn adds even more heft to a movie that should serve as an inspiration to anyone who perseveres. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) The ideal Christmas Day release gives the gift of its ever-engaging lead couple, music and director Damien Chazelle's surefire Oscar-bound craftsmanship for all to behold. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
4/5 93% Fences (2016) The words, written for the screen by Wilson before his death in 2005 and spit out by a mostly bitter garbage man (Washington), are as racially relevant today as they were in its '50s story. The ensemble acting is damn powerful, too.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
2.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Only legitimate gamers might care that the ending lends itself to sequels, but give it extra points for actually playing a tad better than we thought it might. Trimming (to under two hours) from a reported 140-minute running time obviously helps, too. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 73% Sing (2016) 'Sing' will start toes tapping from the get-go in a family-filled romp about an entertainment-oriented koala who runs a singing competition. It's simply terrific, animated fun.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/5 86% Lion (2016) Truth-based lost-and-found stories such as "Lion" usually feature dogs or cats. Here, though, it's the rather slow, if moving tale of a poor, 5-year-old Indian boy who falls asleep in a train station and winds up more than 1,500 miles from home.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) (You'll be) totally absorbed by its remarkable humor, profound tragedy, and very human telling.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
4/5 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) This documentary literally rises to the occasion in many ways, including the primary presence of an extremely personable Kazakh lass.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
2/5 10% Man Down (2016) Constant cutting back and forth between a post-apocalyptic America, actual military diversions, and happy times with a wife and child makes it a mostly meandering mess.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
3.5/5 61% Allied (2016) When things do heat up, it won't make anyone ever forget Bogart and Bergman, but this handsome couple is given enough room to keep us intrigued. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) In the tradition of "Brave," only significantly more watchable, this titled, strong-willed princess of a Pacific island doesn't need no stinkin' love interest to float her boat.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
3.5/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty's one-man show as Howard Hughes pays off in a few scenes, especially when he impersonates Al Jolson while struggling to bring a big ol' airplane he's piloting under control. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
4.5/5 89% Loving (2016) What might be the year's more purely beautiful film -- in texture, subject matter and imagery -- tells the true story of an interracial couple actually named Richard and Mildred Loving.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Believe it or not, vomit, urine and two attempted suicides show up in the first three minutes alone of this "holiday comedy" sequel. Even crazier, so do three Academy Award winners.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 100% Tower (2016) Keith Maitland's use of real footage and animated characters, who turn into the real survivors of a troubled ex-Marine's barrage from the top of a University of Texas landmark, is as riveting as it gets.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Under the guidance of equally exceptional director/co-writer Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario," "Incendies") this scientific thriller becomes smart, touching and, obviously, one of the year's best films.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's an uncommonly bloody -- and still somehow sensitive -- telling, with the terrific Andrew Garfield, as the aw-shucks hero, mostly mixing and matching with a host of grand actors from Gibson's homeland.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 74% Trolls (2016) Those once-ugly dolls turn into some beautifully upbeat characters in this delightfully colorful animated take on bliss. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Just when everyone felt comic-book movies have reached critical mass comes, perhaps, the year's finest tentpole movie. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
4/5 97% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins' ensemble might be the year's finest, with Naomie Harris, as the boy's crack-addicted mother, and likely winner Mahershala Ali, as a kindly drug dealer, of all things, surely to earn Best Supporting Actress and Actor noms, respectively. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor chooses an adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for his first directing gig, and it's not a total disaster, especially considering the scale of the book.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Hailee Steinfeld turns in a legitimate star-making performance as the lonely, awkward teen whose world genuinely explodes when her popular brother starts dating her best (read: only) friend.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Miles Teller looks nothing like a boxer (or Pazienza for that matter), but Aaron Eckhart, as famous trainer Kevin Rooney, offers a swell performance during a companion redemption plot.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This whimsical adventure more than delivers on what the title promises.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Simply think "Rain Man" mixed up (and that's certainly the correct term) with a lot of guns and no time to watch Judge Wapner. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) Kids just wanna have (all kinds of) fun, and director Andrea Arnold proves it in this long (2:38) road trip for a wild and raunchy bunch of so-called magazine sellers.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
2.5/5 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Can anyone genuinely relate to any of the three pivotally wacky women or trio of squirrelly men in this alleged "thriller"? The best-selling novel on which it's based just has to be more compelling, doesn't it?‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) It remains a spiritual, violent and significant telling of preacher Nat Turner's Virginia-based slave rebellion. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) 'Sully' is a nice little film about a hugely remarkable achievement.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 45% Hands of Stone (2016) Much about this shaky sports bio seems a little off, including laughable minor caricatures for promoter Don King and legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) 'Don't Breathe' might be the creepiest movie of the year, and that's saying something after the very good "Green Room" and "The Conjuring 2" both spooked us out earlier.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) "The (new) Jungle Book" it's certainly not, but anyone with a heart should enjoy "Pete's" easy-going resolution.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) History buffs obviously will appreciate the heft and thought behind "Anthropoid," which is the code name of the murder plot, but the startling gunfight during its climax becomes the stuff of unyielding action movies, too. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Despite a few pokes at the folks from Pixar, nobody will lose any sleep over it. Obviously, these R-rated cinematic tricks from Rogen, et al. are not for kids.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) This true story, as directed by the usually reliable Stephen Frears ("The Queen," "Philomena") with period flair showing up once again throughout, simply uh, well . . . never quite hits the proper notes.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) In a movie summer of disappointments, 'Suicide Squad' might be the major downer of them all.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016