Your Movies (cleveland.com)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Ice Cream in the Cupboard (2020) John Urbancich Moffett's story never plays to the maudlin, especially with the author portrayed by Ashbrook, and lovely, ill-fated wife Carmen so truly humanized by a fine Claudia Ferri. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3.5/5 Minor Premise (2020) John Urbancich Don't be surprised if and when you watch it more than once. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) John Urbancich Early explosiveness so overpowers the subsequent fallout from what occurs even before the film's title card appears that the rest almost becomes an afterthought. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
3.5/5 Herself (2020) John Urbancich What Lloyd and the screenplay so nicely spotlight are Sandy's attempts to make a legitimate home for her kids and, as the saying goes, it takes a village. In fact, that might mean at least a couple of Dublin city blocks worth of friends and acquaintances. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
3/5 One Night in Miami (2020) John Urbancich In one man's opinion, Guree and Odom steal the picture - especially the latter, whose vocals easily bring back fond memories of the legendary and soulful Sam Cooke. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/5 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) John Urbancich The magic movie moment of how Chloe Grace Moretz gets back into a rickety old World War II bomber during this effects-heavy, Toronto "Midnight Madness" winner is almost worth the price of admission alone. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
4/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) John Urbancich The fascinating final reel looks and feels as well-crafted -- and directed -- as any Hollywood film this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 Soul (2020) John Urbancich In this abstract assortment, everyone from Archimedes to New York's infamous Pizza Rat earns a mention and, somehow, it remains exhilarating. Go figure. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) John Urbancich A psycho/sexual revenge scheme that's best served the way writer/director Emerald Fennell dishes it up. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
2/5 News of the World (2020) John Urbancich . . . an occasionally dull, eternally predictable road trip from wobbly start to not-so-heart-tugging finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3.5/5 Greenland (2020) John Urbancich It's been a while since we've seen a truly watchable disaster movie, but the genuinely human and beautifully effects-laden "Greenland" just might be the one to instigate another run on such a tricky genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
3/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) John Urbancich Special moments of Aretha Franklin's essential 'Natural Woman' help breathe some screen life into this up-and-down 'Woman.' EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
4.5/5 Another Round (2020) John Urbancich Ever-great Dane Mads Mikkelsen leads a smartly adept troupe through shtick and skin, sadness and serious celebration. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
3/5 The Racer (2020) John Urbancich Director/co-writer Kieron J. Walsh, an obvious cycling expert, takes a more dramatic than emotional spin with an athlete whose career, checkered though it is, remains the vehicle to chase his actual and impregnable addiction: the race itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) John Urbancich Wolfe takes what he can from Davis and an especially forceful Boseman, an artist who never lets us move our eyes off of him during dialogue that had to be so incredibly difficult to deliver while knowing the circumstances of his own mortality. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/5 Black Bear (2020) John Urbancich The film being made within the film offers head-gamesmanship at its finest, not to mention a crew of mostly horny and incompetent fools. The drama comes from potent writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine, who should not be included in the latter group. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/5 Dear Santa (2020) John Urbancich Merry Christmas definitely comes easy and early in all the right places here. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
3.5/5 Mank (2020) John Urbancich Perhaps the year's most gorgeous-looking film and every second of it in glorious, Hollywood glamorous black and white. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) John Urbancich There's more than a little to keep us involved, but the returning and star-studded voice cast -- headed by a fabulous Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener, as cave-dwelling Mom and Dad, Grug and Ugga Crood, does much of the heavy rock-lifting. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 Uncle Frank (2020) John Urbancich Most of the genuine humor occurs after we meet Frank's partner Wally, an immensely likable fellow, as played by a terrific Peter Macdissi. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Last Vermeer (2019) John Urbancich Veteran cinematographer Remi Adefarasin manages to show off some scenes in the same kind of light made famous by the man in the title, 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
4/5 Sound of Metal (2019) John Urbancich It's the magnificent Riz Ahmed in one of the year's most truly electric performances, with great support, literally and figuratively, from Olivia Cooke. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 Fatman (2020) John Urbancich Marianne Jean-Baptiste, as Chris' sweet, supportive wife, tries to offset the silly, senseless violence but definitely rides in the back on this darkly droll sleigh ride. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/5 The Life Ahead (2020) John Urbancich Surprisingly, first-time performer Ibrahima Gueye not only turns in quality work as the street urchin, but stands toe-to-toe with the still-great Loren, a marvel at a stunningly grand 86. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) John Urbancich It simply turns into a well-acted reflection on Vance's meager upbringing, with bows to ancestors from the hills of Kentucky, opioid addiction in his more immediate clan, and how they helped and hindered his education right on through Yale Law School. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/5 Freaky (2020) John Urbancich Vaughn, simply towering over his mostly young co-stars, shines comically, and the talented Newton runs with a potentially star-is-born performance as the Michael Myers/Jason-like serial killer inside her school-girl frame. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/5 The Nest (2020) John Urbancich After assembling his well-received ensemble in the disturbing "Martha Marcy May Marlene" a full nine years ago, Durkin finally returns to make us squirm again. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/5 Let Him Go (2020) John Urbancich Just know it's a very good -- and sneaky -- watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2020
4.5/5 Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) John Urbancich Pickled cabbage might be a perfect spicy snack for this multicourse, subtitled meal of a little Tarantino here, some Coen Brothers in the middle, and perhaps even a bit of Bong Joon-ho on the side. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
2/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) John Urbancich Yeah, we know, Borat, the joke's on us. Throw enough on the wall and some of it will stick. The rest quickly becomes disposable. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 On the Rocks (2020) John Urbancich The undeniable dad/daughter chemistry between the great Bill Murray and a grand Rashida Jones saves a meager Sofia Coppola film that kind of cheats on the idea of infidelity. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) John Urbancich The meat of the film certainly does become the Hayden/Hoffman conflict, especially for those of us old enough to recognize and remember the over-amplified events in the early going. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
2.5/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) John Urbancich Until some rather ridiculous turns, including a major Rube Goldbergian mishap that's really no surprise, Robert De Niro in the title role certainly makes us forget 'Dirty Grandpa,' that vile movie dog he portrayed in 2016. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 Time (2020) John Urbancich Do yourself a favor and make your own time to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 The Glorias (2020) John Urbancich Julie Taymor's long bus-ride metaphor for the active life of Gloria Steinem shows off vital Alicia Vikander and Timothy Hutton performances, the director's visual flair, and just too many 'Glorias.' EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 Kajillionaire (2020) John Urbancich Richard Jenkins acts the crackpot, Debra Winger limps up a storm, and Rachel Evan Wood puts her robotic stare (from HBO's "Westworld") to shame. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
4/5 Working Man (2019) John Urbancich The great Peter Gerety, most recently seen as a very bad guy on Showtime's always audacious 'Ray Donovan,' plays the titular 'Working Man' in a wonderful little indie about layoffs, mental illness and camaraderie at the local workplace. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 Northwood Pie (2020) John Urbancich Credit young director and co-writer Jay Salahi for finding where the real truths lie in his feature film debut instead of peppering a "Pie" with ingredients an audience might think taste better brainless. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/5 Shooting Heroin (2019) John Urbancich A hard-drinking ex-veteran and single dad -- named Adam in this more rugged than usual faith-based film -- teams up with a few neighbors to rain hell on dealers he blames for his sister's death by drugs. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
1.5/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) John Urbancich The mindlessness of it all never rings more true than during the remarkably dull and disappointing sequence at the very end of the lengthy final credits. Just rest in peace, dudes! I guess. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
4/5 Desert One (2019) John Urbancich Maybe nothing shines through more emphatically than the gentle humanity of Jimmy Carter, whose legacy since he left the Presidency still grows by the day. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
3.5/5 Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) John Urbancich The trio of terrific voices and personalities (played by AnnaSophia Robb, Devon Bostick, and Lobo Sebastian) help set this kid-in-peril movie apart from other teen-age explorations of mental illness. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/5 Unhinged (2020) John Urbancich Menacing and intimidating both in talent and girth, Russell Crowe plays the descriptive title to the hilt. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
4.5/5 River City Drumbeat (2019) John Urbancich . . . an exceptionally moving story as relevant to our times as anything else you'll likely see on any screen this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/5 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) John Urbancich A trio of six-footers, Claes Bang (6-4), Elizabeth Debicki (6-3) and Donald Sutherland (still close to 6-4 himself at a just-turned 85), occasionally tower over material based on a 50-year-old novel of the same name. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/5 Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) John Urbancich Viewers of a certain era especially should enjoy a boffo, warm-hearted documentary with one of the all-time most versatile performers in stage, screen and television at the center of it all. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Toss It (2019) John Urbancich The adept Remsen allows the clan's 93-year-old Uncle Claude (funnyman Malachy McCourt, as a kind of lecherous old cross between Charles Coburn and Robert Prosky) plenty of room to steal enough scenes and keep it all suitably watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 Flannery (2019) John Urbancich . . .at times a fascinating, funny and frank documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/5 Greyhound (2020) John Urbancich Besides screenwriting himself another swell, regular guy role, historian Tom Hanks fills his WWII chronicle with precise naval terminology and enough stirring sequences to keep it afloat for a swift 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
4/5 The Outpost (2020) John Urbancich Certainly director Rod Lurie, a West Point grad, pulls out all stops down the stretch to offer us his finest film since 'The Contender.' EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2020