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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Believe it or not, vomit, urine and two attempted suicides show up in the first three minutes alone of this "holiday comedy" sequel. Even crazier, so do three Academy Award winners.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 100% Tower (2016) Keith Maitland's use of real footage and animated characters, who turn into the real survivors of a troubled ex-Marine's barrage from the top of a University of Texas landmark, is as riveting as it gets.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4.5/5 93% Arrival (2016) Under the guidance of equally exceptional director/co-writer Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario," "Incendies") this scientific thriller becomes smart, touching and, obviously, one of the year's best films.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's an uncommonly bloody -- and still somehow sensitive -- telling, with the terrific Andrew Garfield, as the aw-shucks hero, mostly mixing and matching with a host of grand actors from Gibson's homeland.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 74% Trolls (2016) Those once-ugly dolls turn into some beautifully upbeat characters in this delightfully colorful animated take on bliss. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Just when everyone felt comic-book movies have reached critical mass comes, perhaps, the year's finest tentpole movie. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins' ensemble might be the year's finest, with Naomie Harris, as the boy's crack-addicted mother, and likely winner Mahershala Ali, as a kindly drug dealer, of all things, surely to earn Best Supporting Actress and Actor noms, respectively. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/5 22% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor chooses an adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for his first directing gig, and it's not a total disaster, especially considering the scale of the book.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Hailee Steinfeld turns in a legitimate star-making performance as the lonely, awkward teen whose world genuinely explodes when her popular brother starts dating her best (read: only) friend.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Miles Teller looks nothing like a boxer (or Pazienza for that matter), but Aaron Eckhart, as famous trainer Kevin Rooney, offers a swell performance during a companion redemption plot.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This whimsical adventure more than delivers on what the title promises.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Simply think "Rain Man" mixed up (and that's certainly the correct term) with a lot of guns and no time to watch Judge Wapner. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 78% American Honey (2016) Kids just wanna have (all kinds of) fun, and director Andrea Arnold proves it in this long (2:38) road trip for a wild and raunchy bunch of so-called magazine sellers.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
2.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Can anyone genuinely relate to any of the three pivotally wacky women or trio of squirrelly men in this alleged "thriller"? The best-selling novel on which it's based just has to be more compelling, doesn't it?‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) It remains a spiritual, violent and significant telling of preacher Nat Turner's Virginia-based slave rebellion. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) 'Sully' is a nice little film about a hugely remarkable achievement.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 45% Hands of Stone (2016) Much about this shaky sports bio seems a little off, including laughable minor caricatures for promoter Don King and legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) 'Don't Breathe' might be the creepiest movie of the year, and that's saying something after the very good "Green Room" and "The Conjuring 2" both spooked us out earlier.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) "The (new) Jungle Book" it's certainly not, but anyone with a heart should enjoy "Pete's" easy-going resolution.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) History buffs obviously will appreciate the heft and thought behind "Anthropoid," which is the code name of the murder plot, but the startling gunfight during its climax becomes the stuff of unyielding action movies, too. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Despite a few pokes at the folks from Pixar, nobody will lose any sleep over it. Obviously, these R-rated cinematic tricks from Rogen, et al. are not for kids.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) This true story, as directed by the usually reliable Stephen Frears ("The Queen," "Philomena") with period flair showing up once again throughout, simply uh, well . . . never quite hits the proper notes.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) In a movie summer of disappointments, 'Suicide Squad' might be the major downer of them all.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
4.5/5 35% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Who knew that Tarzan and Jane once again could become the screen duo of the year?‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) It's a very cute film that little ones especially will adore.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
4/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Creepy, skin-crawling "The Conjuring 2" proves a worthy, if little less chilling successor to the original, which this corner deemed its favorite film of 2013.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Director and co-writer Shane Black (the grand "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") offers up '70s-era laughs by the guffaw-full, including one great bit in which Gosling borrows heavily from the very late and ever-great Lou Costello. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Absurdity probably makes "Money Monster" a more entertaining film than it should be . . .‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) There remains a lot to like about it, such as an opening battle offering some sparkling 3-D effects, the thrilling final showdown, and its showcase cast. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
3.5/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) The gifted Cheadle and music of the legendary Davis do most of the heavy lifting here, but there's a mesmerizing tempo to it all that takes us through the strange and free-wheeling tale as well. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
4/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It's the likable cast that will bring constant smiles to the faces of anyone who remembers the freedoms of being young and enjoying them unabashedly.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
3.5/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Their 1970 meeting supposes some funny conversation, with Spacey doing a grand impersonation of our 37th President, and Shannon nicely personifying the many eccentricities of "The King."‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
4.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Director Jon Favreau fills it with so many memorable moments that Bill Murray/Baloo's terrific warbling of "The Bare Necessities" almost becomes a footnote in a movie simply swarming with pitch-perfect and major celebrity voices.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) Off-and-on Melissa McCarthy goes rude, crude and very lewd as an infinitely unlikable ex-orphan whose huge corporate success turns to failure and back again. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
4 out of 5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Maybe best of all, Hood manages to tell his suspenseful tale in a quick-moving 102 minutes. Other, more long-winded filmmakers should take notice.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) Despite the curlicues of plot, Australian Director John Hillcoat, who always manages to keep us darkly entertained (think about his "Lawless." "The Road," and "The Proposition"), really never loses control. Even his pile-it-on ending somehow seems tidy. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/5 61% Race (2016) . . . one could argue that the portayal of Snyder by Jason Sudeikis, the longtime "Saturday Night Live" comedian, simply stops the movie dead in its tracks.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 70% Touched With Fire (2016) This is a movie that belongs to the two leads, not to mention the more than five million Americans whose manic moods are embraced here instead of ignored. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Witch (2016) An assortment of nasty images -- both real and imagined -- dance through the minds of these tortured family members, albeit slowly and, honestly, more menacingly than downright frightening.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4.5/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Relative unknowns Daisy Ridley, a legitimate star in the making, and John Boyega sort of pick up where the likes of Leia and Han left off.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
4.5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) Ronan certainly does drive it into solid holiday material for the big screen, but there's also much to cherish about its look, feel and meaningful contributions from just about everyone else involved.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2015
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) The Catholic Church and its infamous pedophile clerics go under the microscope of a crack reporting team in a detail-oriented gem that's right up there with the brilliant newspaper-movie likes of "All the President's Men" and "Absence of Malice."‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
5/5 94% Room (2015) It's pretty special stuff as offered up by Donoghue and director Lenny Abrahamson.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
4/5 73% Suffragette (2015) If a brief but stirring appearance by Meryl Streep doesn't wake up the masses, then Brendan Gleeson's bullying brilliance (as a hired-gun police inspector) certainly will.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Expect Academy Award nominations all-around, including a big one for Mark Rylance, whose extremely human performance will continue to clog the season's strongest Oscar category, Best Supporting Actor. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) "Goosebumps" really comes to life when the monsters come out to play.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 84% The Walk (2015) On top of the world's then-tallest buildings likely will be the only time most of us have been scared to look down while actually looking up at a screen. (Queasy is probably not exactly the first word that will come to mind.)‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/5 60% Southpaw (2015) 'Southpaw' could have been a contender to become a memorable summer movie if it weren't so darn melodramatic in just about all the wrong places.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
4.5/5 95% Amy (2015) Most appealing is that those of us who somehow chose to ignore Winehouse's profound musical style when she was alive can now in her death learn to cherish what her fans have loved all along the way.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2015
4.5/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) For one thing, its top-billed teen-age characters look, feel and sound about as genuine as it gets when it comes to Hollywood fiction these days. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015