John Urbancich

John Urbancich
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Sun Newspapers, Clevelandmember, BFCA
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Official Websites: sunnews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 78% Bad Boys for Life (2020) There's clearly enough machismo energy and silly one-liners for recycling onto the screen here to make your head spin, and not always in a negative way. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/5 50% Underwater (2020) Yes, there are a few fright-inspiring moments here, but no, there is really nothing else to recommend just another mediocre January release trying to find an audience. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 90% 1917 (2020) Give or take a few prominent cameos, its mostly no-name cast, headed by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, take us through an action-packed assault on the senses. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
1/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Rude, crude and chock-full of unfounded 'tude, 'Just Like a Boss' not only might be the most shallow film to open a new year, but certainly already is assured a place on a slew of 2020 "worst" lists. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) Though a lot of what we see becomes straightforward legal drama, a few powerful sequences -- including one of Stevenson being humiliated during an alleged weapons search and another that re-creates a prison execution -- should startle anyone. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) An entertaining lark that reunites Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, puts them in a Victorian-era balloon, and let's them fly. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) It makes us feel the pain of a wronged farmer (the marvelous Bill Camp), and shows why this bombshell of an environmental case turns into an obsession for Ruffalo's heroic Robert Billott. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) Those of us old enough to remember certainly have seen much of this movie before, complete with a child whose real last name was Henry. It was in a 40-year-old little ditty called "Kramer vs. Kramer," which went on to win a Best Picture Oscar. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 83% Waves (2019) The second half boasts a captivating portrayal from newcomer Taylor Russell, as the younger sister in a suffering family. Talk about healing influences. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) An apparent suicide serves as the device for everyone to show up at a family compound large enough for nooks, crannies and spaces worthy of a virtual "Clue" game . . . with a wink, wink here and an appropriately satirical musical cue there. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) This often startling tale from director Melina Mastoukas (still likely most famous for her Beyonce videos) and screenwriter Lena Waithe ("Master of None") can stand on its own, rough edges and all. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) Noah Rupe, the young actor who has been so good in such films as "A Quiet Place," "Wonder," and the current "Ford v Ferrari," remains such a force of nature that audiences will want to embrace the kid with a huge hug when all is said and done. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/5 93% Anya (2019) Its love story apparently may have been inspired by some actual genetics discoveries. I promise you'll be intrigued for most of its 80 minutes. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Walking out of the sequel's screening last week, the 8-year-old told the man in charge that she just had seen 'the greatest movie ever.' Meanwhile, the somewhat more discerning 5-year-old waited until she got home to agree with big sis. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
3/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The Mister Rogers film should not be confused with Morgan Neville's 2018, five-star documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Honestly, this new feature pales in comparison. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) It it will become the perfect smash fit to stream with snacks and bathroom breaks from the comfort of a living room, even if it deserves to be seen on a big screen. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Just know that your heart might be recruited to pound right along with an effectively simple score from the Newton Brothers. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4.5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Though few could possibly relate to it all, Almodovar's smart, meaningful and moving sprinkling of observations and memories actually should leave at least a little something for anyone to embrace. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/5 75% Sunday Girl (2019) Reactions to a potential break-up with the lovely Natashsa offer up an assortment of comical situations. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) There are moments that absolutely rivet. Many others, not so much. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3.5/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) A strong cadre of Big Apple actors connect plot threads floating on a nice mix of jazz and justice until the movie's length eventually gets in the way down the stretch. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Much purposely leans toward the absurd for sure, but it's definitely no laugh-a-minute romp, especially if you simply refuse to giggle at Hitler, et al. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Joon-ho makes it all increasingly funny at first, until an out-of-nowhere twist sends both families into a sparkling but serious assortment of genre-mixed rides and wrinkles. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Much bigger than a nitpick is the trouble that might give anyone with youngsters pause about an otherwise watchable film. That would be the odd violence that comes with the special effects territory in the Disney-produced sequel. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) What can you say about Eddie Murphy when he's on his game? The best in the biz? The funniest man alive? You'll laugh till it hurts? All kinds of positive cliches come to mind. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) A troupe that claims to offer "high-end vaudeville" arrives, not only to seriously heat up plot possibilities, but prove that Parks might have a real future at the movies. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) The one -- and just about only -- real scene-stealer becomes Nick Kroll, who lends perfect voice to the precisely imagined Uncle Fester with a dead-on nod to the late, great Jackie Coogan from the original series. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) So many of us expected something extra special from the guy who created TV's always intriguing and multi-Emmy-winning "Fargo." - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Bravo, and guess who'll have the last laugh when the Best Actor votes are counted. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) The result produces a combination of wonder and despair, but rarely any indignation from Muratova, a tough woman with enough capacity to accept what she's given. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger, herself making a kind of screen comeback, absolutely embodies a forty something Garland, even singing up a storm with a fabulous turn that often dwarfs the movie, especially when it features glimpses of her character's very early career. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Nelson tells Davis' warts and all story with plenty of room for remarkable bits of information, scholarly comments from an assortment of names and faces, and historical rhythms of Bebop that simply might drive jazz devotees to the brink in a good way. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 87% Aquarela (2019) Nature's sound and fury become the lone reasons to see and maybe embrace it and, even at less than 90 minutes, such relentless imagery feels like a lot of watching. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 67% Human Capital (2019) Certainly the whodunit element remains vital, but so does the way Meyers/Moverman put the various driving suspects in the spotlight on a couple of different occasions. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) None are as watchable as the pretty, prancing, plotting, primal Weaving, who also helps deliver some of the dark humor she teams with to save this predictable, but engaging enough summer horror silliness. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Surely everyone recognizes the Wallace name from his 40 years on TV's fabled "60 Minutes," but did you know he was an actor, pitchman, and self-confessed "bad father" as well? - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The first collaboration between writer/director Linklater and Blanchett, as his leading lady, lost me at hello. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) The boat was skippered by a former short-order cook whose early life struggles deserve to make a quite compelling feature film some day soon. Her all-female crew also gives ample room for actresses to play them with strength and guts. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3.5/5 98% The Farewell (2019) It's a joyously odd affair that will remind some of 'The Wedding Banquet,' and nicely serves to fill in the blanks among tender moments, a few playful ones, and the universal recognition of love, people and events no matter what language you speak. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino resurrects a decade that smothered the senses with an onslaught of fashion, 'TV Guide' covers, memorable music, and mostly lesser-known film titles sprinkled throughout his 165-minute extravaganza. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) Since another Vic/Stu connection featured at the end of this one would provide a perfect starting point for a sequel, let's just call it "S2ber" and start shooting -- literally and figuratively -- again right now. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) You won't relate to anyone in the barmy bunch, and even Aster's ironic use of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," a '6os classic by the Walker Brothers, falls flat as delivered over the closing credits by Frankie Valli, of all people. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Love is in the air, and Peter's ongoing plans for making MJ his main squeeze really do add a sweet and realistic teen touch to the Marvel mayhem that only fans of this gigantic genre can possibly embrace. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) There is some humor (mostly from Michael Cimino as a well-meaning boyfriend), and talents galore from both Grace and the character she plays to keep conjuring up franchise remnants for years to come. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The cherry on the top of summer's most charming movie becomes a graceful appearance toward the end. Expect it to remind every Fab Four fan of one certain event in their lives, first with a smile then, maybe, a tear or two as well. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) With its constantly smart humor (from eight credited screenwriters), a few more unexpected vocal cameos, and the franchise's ever-evident emotion, recycling never has felt so fresh. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) This is no vehicle for humor, but its melodrama does have a good heart, even if former New York cardiologist Harry ironically might not have one of his own at this point in his solitary life. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 74% Ghost Light (2019) They're together as a mix of seen-it-all vets and theatrical newcomers, putting on a stage tragedy and, good news for us, turning it into a watchable -- and quite witchy -- film farce. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) It's just not that funny, and a good supporting cast suffers as a result, too. That includes John Lithgow, a superb Amy Ryan, Hugh Dancy and Ike Barinholz. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2.5/5 31% Shaft (2019) The plot becomes woefully less entertaining than the rat-a-tat-tat 'tude offered up by both the consistently cool Jackson and the gifted Regina Hall, as the baby mama Shaft reluctantly left behind. - Your Movies (cleveland.com) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019