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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Though his work never comes close to becoming a full-fledged bio of the people-oriented pontiff, Wenders easily lets viewers of all denominations know that they're spending 90 minutes in the presence of supreme grace and humble eminence.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
2/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) As is often the case in the business of follow-ups, the new effort pales in comparison to the funny, smart, sassy and, it says here, less outrageously violent original. . . It's as over the top as it gets.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 85% Disobedience (2018) Many special looks -- of longing, hatred, suspicion, true love, all of the above and more -- become a major part of writer/director Sebastian Lelio's first English-language film, as based on a Naomi Alderman novel.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/5 57% Book Club (2018) Just be sure to ignore the soft lighting all-around, which occasionally puts a couple of scenes more out of focus than its predictable, room-for-everyone story often does.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) All in all, the Swedish production becomes an intensely engaging story of a rivalry, with special focus on the duo's dynamic performances at the 1980 Wimbledon finals.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 77% Beirut (2018) In the hands of director Brad Anderson, whose own recent successes have been on the small screen after helming "The Machinist" almost 15 years ago, "Beirut" really does unravel like a well-made TV movie.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) What happens there comes close to delightful, especially after an orphan named Atari starts a search for his own missing pet.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
2.5/5 35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) As much as the terrific lead players have to offer, there's only one truly memorable sequence.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) Thank goodness, the daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon) often display a sweet girl power that often plays more mature than their parents.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
2.5/5 47% The Miracle Season (2018) Enough inspirational beats almost make this true story work. The closing-credit images of the real folks involved alone will empty a lot of tear ducts.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) . . .the sounds of silence speak volumes.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3.5/5 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) The usually comic Ed Helms does credible work as the moral voice in reliving a piece of sensational history that likely never will reveal the indisputable truth.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
4.5/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) It says here you'll at least consider going back to watch "Player One" again to find more tidbits you missed the first time.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/5 29% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) "Sherlock" is Johnny Depp, quite possibly voicing one of the most obnoxious heroes in cartoon history. Thank heavens his less self-serving sidekick, Dr. Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), saves the day. (But, alas, not the movie!)‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Unless you're thrilled by everything and anything sci-fi, and know that the inventive del Toro returns only with a token producer credit, see this one at your own risk.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3.5/5 79% Unsane (2018) Foy, herself, does remain in control of a role that quickly - and believably - gets her committed to a mental unit, yet somehow easily rides the tricky line that keeps the audience guessing about her sanity.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2.5/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Too bad the depiction of their ultimate rescue operation lacks the urgency exhibited by the cast.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2.5/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) What becomes seriously unexpected is how much fun everyone seems to have before the tenacious Lara gets to where the big challenges of plot fizzle more than succeed.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Unless you don't buy into Jennifer Garner (from those dreadful 'what's in your wallet?' commercials), portraying a former valedictorian mom, 'Simon' likely will grab you from the get-go.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/5 87% Annihilation (2018) It's always grand to hear Crosby, Stills and Nash in any movie, and their "Helplessly Hoping" here brings a meaningful and calming beauty to it all.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
3.5/5 72% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) It actually opened nationwide on Valentine's Day, and pity the poor fool who might have taken a first date to such a psychosexual doozy.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
3.5/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The bravura performance of Annette Bening, as late, great femme fatale Gloria Grahame, is the main reason to see it.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It's big, bold and brazenly political, in a way that will make viewers think instead of simply shrug their shoulders and wait for the next action-packed set piece.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Even if real fanboys are not pleased with some of the revelations (and, perhaps, not all should be believed), the major impact of The Force will go a long way in keeping everyone relatively happy. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro has given us a movie lover's dream in a romantic fantasy/thriller that finds a mute cleaning woman (the brilliant Sally Hawkins) becoming infatuated with the mysterious subject of a top-secret (and mean-spirited) experiment.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 71% Ferdinand (2017) Cena does an OK job in relating the warmth of the titled beast, which would rather smell flowers than pick suicidal fights with matadors (an occupation that gets some deserved comeuppance here).‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Woody Allen comes up with a very special movie about every six or seven years. Unfortunately, "Wonder Wheel" is not one of them.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2.5/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The City of Angels stays more interesting throughout than a couple of other characters do, including a wishy-washy, hotshot lawyer (Colin Farrell) and a rights activist (Carmen Ejogo), popping in and out again as a possible love interest for Denzel.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/5 97% Coco (2017) Kids under about 7 or 8, not to mention squeamish parents, might be freaked out by a few things rarely discussed or seen in animated films. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ...another strong effort from the Irish McDonagh, who simply gets it when it comes to grand filmmaking.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2.5/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Some fine moments of relevancy do shine through, but 'Last Flag' ultimately flies through too many hoops in its search to find what legitimate patriotism is all about.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/5 88% Novitiate (2017) First-time writer/director Maggie Betts mostly manages to involve viewers in exploring why young ladies actually might want to take the spiritual plunge.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) Tremblay, the boy from 2015's extraordinary 'Room,' is pretty special behind the prosthetics that really aren't as hard to look at as a politically correct screenplay might suggest.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 40% Justice League (2017) With 'Justice' clocking in at just under two hours, it becomes the shortest offering ever in DC's cinematic universe. That alone scores major points in this little corner of the planet.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/5 84% The Square (2017) This is one movie that still will have you thinking about it long after the final credits roll.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) It produces a rare match made for mother/daughter movie heaven, and Gerwig and her gifted girls just about get us there. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3.5/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) A Carter Burwell score nicely wraps around this slowly charming telling.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
4.5/5 98% Jane (2017) Many of the dazzling images look exactly like a well-preserved old Technicolor film, and the chimps steal the show.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Awards recognition likely won't be repeated on this Agatha Christie-inspired "Express," but it remains a generally swell and lavish-looking ride.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The tone and settings are reminiscent of such watchable '80s clunkers as "Flash Gordon" and "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn," with a little bit of Disney's more recent "Maleficent" thrown in, too.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3.5/5 54% LBJ (2017) Somehow, much of it makes for realistically poignant, political drama.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
3/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The trigger performance presented by young Barry Keoghan is one of the year's most fascinating . . . in a movie helmed by a master filmmaker.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
3/5 98% Dina (2017) Though their trip to the altar becomes a crowded and winning one, there are some intimate details which might have been better left unsaid.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
2/5 29% All I See Is You (2017) Some nice visual perspective from (a sightless) point of view. Lots of pretentious BS, too.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Christopher/Tilston never stops smiling, mostly thanks to his time with a spectacularly wonderful nanny (warmly played by Macdonald) and a few nice chats and charming afternoons in the country woods with his work-oriented father.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
2/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) Visit "Suburbicon" at your own risk.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) The film also presents a group of courageously supportive women (who) provide some powerful moments in this rather persuasive telling. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
2.5/5 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) 'Mark Felt' certainly is not an awful movie. It simply has a feel of 'been there, done that.'‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
2/5 8% The Snowman (2017) None of it is supposed to be funny, despite leading-man Fassbender's character name, Harry Hole, and an ending that actually leaves room for a sequel. Ha!‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
3.5/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) This is one of those few allegedly factual sagas that possibly leaves a lump or three in your throat.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017