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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 31% 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 9% 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 90% 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
4/5 78% Loving Vincent (2017) The beauty is in the process, of course, which mixes the art of melancholy Vincent van Gogh with a mystery yarn about his death that becomes compelling in spite of some sentimental goings-on. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/5 57% Breathe (2017) As played by the superb Andrew Garfield, Robin manages to keep the chip-chip-and-cheerio outlook that almost brightens the film as much as the celebrated Ralph Richardson's glamorous cinematography.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
4.5/5 97% The Florida Project (2017) Youngsters named Moonee (the divine Brooklynn Prince), Scooty and Jancey become those mischievous and usually unsupervised little rascals all over again.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
5/5 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) . . . a big, bleak, bold, bad-ass beauty of an adventure.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
2.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) We're talking at least 11, 12, 13, maybe 14 players involved in robbing the Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Not that the Rube Goldbergian plot -- with the accent on rube, of course -- bears any resemblance to any of Soderbergh's trio of "Ocean's" movies).‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
4.5/5 87% Wind River (2017) Renner, particularly, is terrific as a man who knows his job -- and the vast territory -- inside and out, but remains reluctant to get too involved due to some deep-seated family history of his own.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
3/5 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) The movie-making segments quickly become reminiscent of "Be Kind Rewind" while managing to entertain more than Michael Gondry's ambitious 2008 dud actually did.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
3.5/5 96% Menashe (2017) Delicate laughs ensue ... with some meaningful moments of emotion popping up as needed in this unusually framed, slice-of-life tale. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
4.5/5 95% Step (2017) Certainly Lipitz herself goes deep into a first-time filmmaker's bag of tricks and somehow takes all the right steps, too. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Credit should go to director David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out"), whose use of ancient horror staples such as dumb waiters, scarecrows and brave little girls carries an average piece of cinema a long way.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4/5 90% A Ghost Story (2017) How the titular ghost reveals its timelessly intriguing "story" is a little weird to be sure. Still, even if you don't believe in ghosts, just see it to consider how really haunting life can be.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Land, sea and air, all disturbed by war and freckled with humanity, merge splendidly in another near-masterpiece from writer/director Christopher Nolan. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It plays like a very long TV show and might even remind old-timers of the '50s-era "Adventures of Superman." That's the laughable series in which no one ever recognized George Reeves after he showed up as Clark Kent as soon as his alter ego flew away.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) 'The Big Sick,' a sweet little romantic comedy, might ease what ails you from other recent movie-going experiences.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) If you fancy lots of rock 'n' roll choices in your movies, the latest from Brit Edgar Wright seriously steps on the classical gas. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The strength of 'Beatriz' relies more on the performances of Salma Hayek (as the sad and almost saintly title character) and the always-great John Lithgow (as the rather simply named Doug Strutt) than its obvious screenplay.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
3.5/5 76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Grand acting carries "The Exception" through some nifty little World War II thrills from British director David Leveaux. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2.5/5 21% The Book of Henry (2017) Its biggest problem becomes a total lack of common sense, even in the hands of director Colin Trevorrow.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4.5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It's certainly no surprise that "I, Daniel Blake" won the Palme d'or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Only a cretin wouldn't fall for such legitimate humanity.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The period drama is so filled with ambiguity that, it says here, you'll be dying to discuss whether its titular beauty is a conniving wench or simply an independent woman.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3/5 84% Megan Leavey (2017) A never-ending return to the States makes it all seem like just a good TV movie, with a cast that includes Edie Falco and Bradley Whitford, as Megan's divorced parents.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It quickly becomes a so-so horror thriller that takes us deep into the woods and some other dark places.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2.5/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) When the fan sprays potty jokes all over the wall, everyone likely will laugh at something. In our family. the 3-year-old giggled whenever she heard the surname of the villainous Prof. Poopypants (and wait'll you get a load of his full name)!‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Here, in her own surroundings -- and playing with contrivances that include the character's magic bracelets and Lasso of Truth -- Gadot truly appears to be a legitimate movie wonder. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
3.5/5 84% The Lovers (2017) Make no mistake, Debra Winger is the best thing about writer/director Azazel Jacobs' small, back-and-forth story of infidelity in a longtime marriage.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Except for a few death-defying special effects, it's two-plus hours of yo-ho-ho and a bottle of dumb.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4.5/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Cedar simply makes "Norman" a modest gem from start to finish, including one marvelous scene that gives Gere's wide-eyed title character his brief place in the sun. It just might be the movie moment of the year. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
3.5/5 81% Chuck (2017) The former New Jersey butcher-turned liquor salesman had a story to tell, and Falardeau has no problem putting it up on screen, warts and all.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
3/5 69% Alien: Covenant (2017) This incarnation certainly isn't a bad film; it's simply an annoying one because it's so full of itself. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
3.5/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) I'm sure you'll play it all again, Marvel. Next time, though, please give your mostly charismatic creatures a little room to breathe.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/5 84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The title event literally kicks in with a smart visual flair, and students, teachers and administrators all scramble to save themselves in best "Poseidon Adventure" fashion.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 50% The Promise (2017) It slows down remarkably whenever Isaac's married med student or Bale's crusading journalist start going ga-ga over an Armenian beauty played by Charlotte Le Bon.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 66% Free Fire (2017) There's good reason why this one became a bona fide hit at Toronto's's aptly named "Midnight Madness" program. It's a wild-and-crazy shoot 'em up, not only with some obvious nods to the Western genre, but also a tip of the hat to Quentin Tarantino.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Let's just say that girl power is not lacking, as it usually is in these Peyo-inspired stories.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
3.5/5 48% Going in Style (2017) Arkin, Caine and Freeman get along so famously and seamlessly that we almost don't notice a remarkably solid supporting cast.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) This book-based prattle becomes an eye-rolling assortment of kid antics and butt-related sight gags (in fact, maybe a world's record worth of them).‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Certainly, the film's futuristic production design is a welcome and constant marvel. However, just another story of robotics melding with humans grows old quickly amidst constant ass-kicking and gloom-and-doom dialogue.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
3.5/5 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The drugs, some sex and a lot of pulse-pounding sounds all likely will suggest more to those of us who went ga-ga over their first grand go-round than to movie-goers making Boyle's wild Scottish scene for the first time. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
4/5 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Remember how you felt observing the early moments of "The Hurt Locker," itself a bomb-detonating masterpiece (and 2008 Oscar-winner)? This one raises the melodramatic bar even higher. Can you really stand to watch?‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/5 67% 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 76% 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 83% 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 93% 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 25% 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 91% 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