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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 80% Halloween (2018) It's a real dazzler -- from another terrifically startling score by Carpenter himself, to Myers' escape from an asylum (complete with suitable homage to the unrelated, Oscar-winning 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'), and a smashing return by Curtis. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Floating somewhere between an after-school special and a serious look at race relations, a sparkling performance from Amandla Stenberg acts as our spot-on guide through both venues.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3.5/5 88% First Man (2018) The truth is, 'First Man' is such a gem technically that it demands viewing on a big screen. Find it in IMAX if you can.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2.5/5 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Through it all, bleak hallways and sordid peeping Tom portals give the film a creepy-crawly feel that's obviously more smarmy than smart. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford gets a role he could sleep through (and maybe occasionally does) as the title character continually on the lookout for one more score.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Expect nominations all around, with actor/writer/director/producer and songwriter Cooper on the verge of a boatload, maybe even for contributing to an eclectic, sure-to-be-soaring soundtrack.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
1.5/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) This is just shoddy filmmaking, folks, despite a premise that could and should have been a laugh riot, particularly with its (anti)hero, foul-mouthed puppet private eye Phil Philips, looking like a cross between Harvey Keitel and Count von Count.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/5 25% Mile 22 (2018) Berg and Wahlberg continue their movie bromance with the fourth and, perhaps, least appealing pairing of the producer/director with his certified producer/star. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
3.5/5 99% McQueen (2018) It all becomes a mostly absorbing analysis of facts, offered up by friends and family, easily mixed with many good-looking film remembrances of McQueen's still-famous signature fashions. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Currently well into his '90s, and given show biz's penchant for hyperbole, Bowers actually might be called a legitimate living legend. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) "The Darkest Minds" plays like a Saturday morning kids' show, complete with TV-level production values, shoddy special effects and Mandy Moore (NBC's 'This Is Us').‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) The A.A Milne-based "Christopher Robin" stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up title character, but it's childhood friends Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger stealing the cinematic thunder.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A couple of scenes in this movie absolutely will make you squirm until your seat breaks.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie inundates the screen with so many story twists and impressive action turns that there's no time or serious room to think about what's being witnessed.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) We've already mentioned that "Equalizer 2" offers more of the same, with its main attraction still giving his all while looking as if every vigilante move comes so very, very easily. That likely will be good enough for loyal Denzel fans of all ages.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Neve Campbell's own surprising talents as Rock's smart, strong-willed wife and loving mother of their two kids almost rescues the film from ho-hum expectations. You continue to go, girl!‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
3/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Certainly 'Bother' presents enough pointed satire to get around famously on its own. Maybe Riley can turn all his visionary potential into something just a bit more accessible next time.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik fills the screen with humanity in an assortment of characters doing their jobs and at least offering the rare opportunity to connect with others‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) At least one of us is way up to here with these comic book-based tales.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
3.5/5 88% Whitney (2018) Certainly Houston fans can and will decide for themselves what to believe from whom in sorting out Macdonald's wide assortment of intimate superstar detail. Still, all that remains is remarkable sorrow.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/5 52% Boundaries (2018) . . .the most unbelievably eccentric assortment of characters you can shake a script at.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Right now, anyway, "Day of the Soldado" remains simply the summer's most riveting sequel.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
5/5 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) There's no doubt that the film's unqualified star remains Rogers himself, whether sitting strong to convince Nixon-era tough guy John Pastore to increase funding for public television, or simply talking smart sense to millions of kids. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 49% Superfly (2018) 'Superfly' stylishly and violently looks, feels and plays enough like the Gordon Parks Jr. original to make it a slight guilty pleasure.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Just a strong recommendation and a big thumbs up for Schrader still having so much to say after a recent string of cinematic misfires. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Truthfully, bits of story may have been borrowed from (horror) classics, but that doesn't mean first-time writer/director Ari Aster doesn't have a parcel of creepy-crawly tricks of his own to display.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) The unexpected result of this often majestic film, as keenly written/directed by Chloe Zhao, is the likelihood of Jandreau actually becoming a movie star.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2/5 71% Adrift (2018) I'm tempted to call the whole ill-fated affair drippy, but you'd swear I was trying to make a fun pun about what allegedly actually occurred.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 84% 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 53% 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 83% 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 82% 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 36% 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 50% 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 81% 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 72% 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 27% 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 44% 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 80% 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 51% 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 88% 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 70% 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