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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 50% 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 93% 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 73% 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 87% 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 86% 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 81% 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 71% 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 99% 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 58% 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 79% 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 28% Suburbicon (2017) Visit "Suburbicon" at your own risk.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 76% 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 33% 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 89% 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 82% 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 65% 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 95% 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 87% 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 88% 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 97% 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 76% 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 93% 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 88% 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 86% 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 30% 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 88% 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