Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Your Movies (cleveland.com) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Gerry Shamray, John Urbancich
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Penguins (2019) John Urbancich Incredibly powerful wind storms and some life-threatening predators also might get in the way of the natural fun, though never the gorgeous cinematography, which includes guest cameos from killer whales and at least two intriguing species of seals. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 Missing Link (2019) John Urbancich The titled 'Link' seems like an afterthought in this classically simple story that might hit more adult sensibilities than laugh buttons for kids. The celeb voices sound collectively OK, too. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) John Urbancich The titular animal burial ground, some unfathomable moments of sorrow, and huge, ever-speeding tanker trucks play key roles in a film that's more disturbing than genuinely engrossing. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) John Urbancich The truth is, the DC Justice League version of Captain Marvel is a lot of fun, mostly family friendly (except for a monster biting off a guy's head), and just a tad too long to earn an extra 50 cents in yours truly's money-tinged ratings system. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 For Now (2017) John Urbancich Barlow also conceived the story she co-writes (with Senes and Katherine Du Bois), while adding an attractive on-screen presence that resembles a mix of the young Shelley Long and Zooey Deschanel. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.5/5 The Mustang (2019) John Urbancich It's called 'The Mustang' and follows 'The Rider' and 'Lean on Pete' as movies which succumb to the marvel of horses and their remarkable healing powers. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) John Urbancich The whole misguided business talks down to the audience and turns what has become a classic 1941 cartoon feature into a live-action soiree mostly ruined by dreadfully dull adults in and out of the room. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 Us (2019) John Urbancich While the whole adventure might flaunt an occasional reach or two, Peele's initial set up, as well as some revelations that follow the sheer terror of that first introduction, show up quite unexpectedly. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) John Urbancich This honest attempt to make cinematic art out of historical massacre will not exactly become an entertaining two hours at the movies, just a powerful one. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) John Urbancich Moore is THE reason to ring up this belle, a knockout from start to finish, even when it hurts. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 Climax (2018) John Urbancich So, you wanna dance, huh? Well, then you better see 'Climax.' Or, maybe not. After an energetic first half-hour of pulsating rehearsal, Gaspar Noe's disturbingly repetitious horror show will leave you wishing for more traditional scares. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Champs (2015) John Urbancich It's a doc that ducks and swerves through some great boxing clips, celebrity and sport-wise voices, and intrusive re-enactments while quickly touching the fight game's knockout swings and ongoing misses. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
2.5/5 Everybody Knows (2018) John Urbancich Writer/directer Asghar Farhadi's first feature outside of his native Iran falls short of his previous two Oscar winners, as most films likely would. In brief, this convoluted family melodrama simply drifts more than it delivers. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) John Urbancich A somewhat fluffy final act still offers enough distaff derring-do in plenty of time for Friday's celebration of International Women's Day. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) John Urbancich The world premiere in Toronto last fall did not create much buzz, and justifiably so. There's something a little off about the title character (Isabelle Huppert), and the same goes for the latest effort from director/co-writer Neil Jordan. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 Never Look Away (2018) John Urbancich As ironic as its lengthy story are a few images that make it impossible to 'Never Look Away.' Still, Caleb Deschanel's lustrous cinematography complements the life of an aspiring artist raised during both Nazism and Communism. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) John Urbancich Merchant deserves ample credit for juggling family emotion, the outlaw spirit of a "fake" sport, and the continuing message that appearances don't always tell the entire story in any walk of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
1.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) John Urbancich The silence became deafening at the end of a promotional screening when one person slowly clapped three times. It sounded exactly like the one-man applause gag that signed off '60s-era 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' each week -- only without the laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4.5/5 Capernaum (2018) John Urbancich Sad and humbling as most of Labaki's respectful story becomes, one final, full-screen image of Zain offers us hope that her hero -- and certainly ours -- might discover a life as just a little boy. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 Hummus! The Movie (2015) John Urbancich The fun film includes ongoing 'Guinness Book of World Records' challenges concerning the world's largest platter. And -- oh my gosh! -- Abu Gosh, an Arab-Israeli village with an astounding 20 restaurants in it -- might even take the cake! EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 What Men Want (2019) John Urbancich The disastrous first half-hour alone absolutely does no favors for Henson's Ali Davis in portraying her, not only as a nasty, foul-mouthed sports agent, but as an uncompromising boss, disloyal friend, and selfish lover to boot. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) John Urbancich A cute kid composes and plays a song that moves people profoundly in a very small movie that might turn the same trick for viewers who never get to listen to the tune at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Cold War (2018) John Urbancich Amazingly, Pawlikowski gets there and back in less than 90 minutes by letting us fill in huge time gaps that might take us to even more intriguing places if we legitimately think about it. This seriously is some good, spare stuff. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4.5/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) John Urbancich It's a Herculean effort directly from front-line trenches filled with suffering, piles of rats, blood, death, and continuous smiles on the faces of sacrificing young soldiers who quickly learned that war is hell and dealt with it. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) John Urbancich As was the case in Gilroy's previous two films, LA itself becomes a major player, too, with its assortment of attractive skylines appearing as regularly artistic as just about anything else on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) John Urbancich The revealing opening bit finishes marvelously with the skillful pair stepping on stage and, as cowboy images roll behind them, effortlessly go into their memorably silly dance routine from 'Way Out West.' You'll swear you're watching the real thing. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 Glass (2019) John Urbancich The endless delusion-based talk from an irritating shrink (Sarah Paulson) starts taking much of the starch out of a yarn that had begun rather intriguingly. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) John Urbancich Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer portray a famously extraordinary couple in a rather ordinary movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) John Urbancich Writer/director Barry Jenkins one-ups his 'Moonlight' by turning a James Baldwin novel into an immaculately told, '70s love story for the ages. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 Destroyer (2018) John Urbancich Nicole Kidman's weary Oscar-bait performance is probably the best reason to see this hard-boiled crime drama, but a well-placed twist gives it some gravitas, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 Vice (2018) John Urbancich In 2015, Adam McKay wrote and directed 'The Big Short,' a fabulous film about Wall Street shenanigans. Now, even with a similarly competent cast, Dick Cheney, the subject of McKay's 'Vice,' is simply not as sexy, funny or appealing as money. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) John Urbancich Two lovely ladies help some 16th century medicine go down in the sluggish but ultimately effective 'Mary Queen of Scots.' EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/5 Bird Box (2018) John Urbancich Director Susanne Bier keeps a novel-based screenplay from Eric Heisserer absorbing, under control, and routinely bordering on the brink of outrageous thrills. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Ben Is Back (2018) John Urbancich Not a lot of holly jolly ensues, just some serious melodrama and often hard-to-take truths, with Roberts and young Hedges leading the ultra-emotional charge to uncover them all. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) John Urbancich Emily Blunt certainly is no Julie Andrews, but the versatile British actress is swell enough to carry the bubbly 'Mary Poppins Returns' on her thin shoulders and into territory that only a grinch could hate. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 Aquaman (2018) John Urbancich Only Julie Andrews voicing a sea monster, a CGI octopus playing eight drums at the same time, and Roy Orbison's "She's a Mystery to Me," which backs a video-like tribute to Curry's blooming love interest (Amber Heard), gurgle up anything memorable. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) John Urbancich Portman struts into this unfortunate story of our times well after it begins and entirely makes it her own. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
2.5/5 Mortal Engines (2018) John Urbancich Even a rather nifty resurrected warrior (Stephen Lang) can't save this cumbersome, steampunk telling of a powerful London on wheels devouring the rest of Europe and beyond. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
4/5 The Favourite (2018) John Urbancich Weird and wild Yorgos Lanthimos actually delivers a mostly accessible period piece with the randiness of 'Tom Jones' and the cunning of 'All About Eve.' Three leading ladies and an indelible final image speak volumes, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4.5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) John Urbancich Viewer patience gets rewarded with the meaningful twists in a powerful final act that lovingly defines what a real family is all about. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 Roma (2018) John Urbancich Pristine imagery carries this gorgeous-looking, but small and sleepy tale from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron. His very personal story, in fact, might not connect as easily as his camera. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 Burning (2018) John Urbancich This aptly titled beauty never offers easy answers, but a sparkling young trio, as mesmerizing as any that Hollywood might assemble, keeps you looking for them anyway. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) John Urbancich Even in Callas' own words, she appears to define the term classic diva and the good, bad and ugly of everything it might imply. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) John Urbancich Memorable images, conversations and a Willem Dafoe performace as artful as the master he portrays highlight one more special film on the life and times of Vincent Van Gogh. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
3.5/5 The American Meme (2018) John Urbancich There are many "are you kidding me(?)" moments in this less-than-sacred salute to the Shrine of the Self-Absorbed. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 Creed II (2018) John Urbancich Director Steven Caple Jr. ("The Land") inherits the thankless task of following in the footsteps of talented "Creed" helmer Ryan Coogler, but no one could have rescued a ho-hum script credited to six writers, including Coogler and Stallone. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/5 Green Book (2018) John Urbancich Ali's performance truly becomes a great one in a movie whose own strength is the way it simply allows humanity to shine through the flaws. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) John Urbancich Reitman fills the first half with an abundance of intrusive noise, and the rest with so much of nothing as competitive newsmen and Hart advisers offer questionable substance all around. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) John Urbancich Though not as funny as its 2012 predecessor, "Wreck-It Ralph," it does offer some nice-looking peeks into its animated cyber world. (And, oh, by the way, why aren't they calling it "Ralph Wrecks the Internet"?) EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) John Urbancich Jared Eamons, as played quite convincingly (what else!) by Lucas Hedges, is an appealing character, and so is his shrewd mother (Nicole Kidman), the effortless go-between for her Baptist preacher husband (Russell Crowe) and their coming-to-grips son. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018