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
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) John Urbancich The motley crew of criminals and con artists masquerading as 'The Gentlemen' certainly looks mighty impressive. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) John Urbancich There's clearly enough machismo energy and silly one-liners for recycling onto the screen here to make your head spin, and not always in a negative way. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/5 Underwater (2020) John Urbancich Yes, there are a few fright-inspiring moments here, but no, there is really nothing else to recommend just another mediocre January release trying to find an audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) John Urbancich Give or take a few prominent cameos, its mostly no-name cast, headed by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, take us through an action-packed assault on the senses. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
1/5 Like a Boss (2020) John Urbancich Rude, crude and chock-full of unfounded 'tude, 'Just Like a Boss' not only might be the most shallow film to open a new year, but certainly already is assured a place on a slew of 2020 "worst" lists. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) John Urbancich Though a lot of what we see becomes straightforward legal drama, a few powerful sequences -- including one of Stevenson being humiliated during an alleged weapons search and another that re-creates a prison execution -- should startle anyone. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) John Urbancich Love or hate Sandler's degnerate gambler/jeweler, his compulsions are so widespread your own eyes get compelled to stay glued to the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) John Urbancich The fourth feature adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel scores once more, this time in the hands of actress-turned fine director Gerwig. Her March family girls aren't too shabby, either. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
2.5/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) John Urbancich Unless their parents are secret agents, smallfry won't get any of it, even a big bathroom joke with a bigger word. The rest of us might smile occasionally. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) John Urbancich What goes around, comes around in the alleged final chapter of the 'Star Wars' saga, a so-so, J.J. Abrams helmer that shoots more toward emotion than amazement. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) John Urbancich Although there is nothing easy about Malick's telling, his hero's admirable moral and spititual stance, combined with the director's sprinkling of ever-fascinating images, might leave you contemplating your own being. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
2.5/5 Bombshell (2019) John Urbancich Despite some fine performances, the based-on-truth 'Bombshell' kinda fizzles under its slick and sleazy/slimy/smarmy veneer. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/5 Frankie (2019) John Urbancich Ira Sachs puts everything in the hands of his cast, headed by Isabelle Hupert, who proves -- through her character, of course -- that even (oncoming) death becomes her. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
4.5/5 The Two Popes (2019) John Urbancich An uplifting screenplay from Anthony McCarten ('The Darkest Hour') and Oscar-worthy work from Jonathan Pryce (as the kind, genuine and current Pope Francis) boost one of 2019's most surprisingly engaging movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
4.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) John Urbancich A decade ago, Eastwood's latest might have been hailed as one of the year's best. Now, slanted PC police nitpick the true story of the '96 Summer Olympics bombing. Don't pay attention to them. It's a terrific film and its performances often soar. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
2/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) John Urbancich It's not nearly as funny at the first Johnson/Black/Hart 'Jumanji,' which speaks volumes about a sequel that, unfortunately, does take us to 'The Next Level' of boredom. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) John Urbancich An entertaining lark that reunites Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, puts them in a Victorian-era balloon, and let's them fly. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) John Urbancich It makes us feel the pain of a wronged farmer (the marvelous Bill Camp), and shows why this bombshell of an environmental case turns into an obsession for Ruffalo's heroic Robert Billott. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) John Urbancich Those of us old enough to remember certainly have seen much of this movie before, complete with a child whose real last name was Henry. It was in a 40-year-old little ditty called "Kramer vs. Kramer," which went on to win a Best Picture Oscar. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 Waves (2019) John Urbancich The second half boasts a captivating portrayal from newcomer Taylor Russell, as the younger sister in a suffering family. Talk about healing influences. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) John Urbancich An apparent suicide serves as the device for everyone to show up at a family compound large enough for nooks, crannies and spaces worthy of a virtual "Clue" game . . . with a wink, wink here and an appropriately satirical musical cue there. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) John Urbancich This often startling tale from director Melina Mastoukas (still likely most famous for her Beyonce videos) and screenwriter Lena Waithe ("Master of None") can stand on its own, rough edges and all. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 Honey Boy (2019) John Urbancich Noah Rupe, the young actor who has been so good in such films as "A Quiet Place," "Wonder," and the current "Ford v Ferrari," remains such a force of nature that audiences will want to embrace the kid with a huge hug when all is said and done. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/5 ANYA (2019) John Urbancich Its love story apparently may have been inspired by some actual genetics discoveries. I promise you'll be intrigued for most of its 80 minutes. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) John Urbancich Walking out of the sequel's screening last week, the 8-year-old told the man in charge that she just had seen 'the greatest movie ever.' Meanwhile, the somewhat more discerning 5-year-old waited until she got home to agree with big sis. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
3/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) John Urbancich The Mister Rogers film should not be confused with Morgan Neville's 2018, five-star documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Honestly, this new feature pales in comparison. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) John Urbancich It it will become the perfect smash fit to stream with snacks and bathroom breaks from the comfort of a living room, even if it deserves to be seen on a big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) John Urbancich Lawyer Cohn apparently pulled many malicious stunts in his life. Now director Tyrnauer, whose sex swipes at dead movie stars in his last documentary somehow seemed credible, delivers a real hitjob that remains more absorbing than on point. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) John Urbancich Hollywood formula will have eyes rolling when Damon and Bale wrestle on a tree lawn, but top-notch effects - particularly from the sound department - and a nice supporting turn from Tracy Letts (as Henry Ford II) keep it mostly on track. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 The Report (2019) John Urbancich The kindest thing to say about this less-than-riveting 'Report' is that at least they didn't read us the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) John Urbancich Just know that your heart might be recruited to pound right along with an effectively simple score from the Newton Brothers. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
4.5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) John Urbancich Though few could possibly relate to it all, Almodovar's smart, meaningful and moving sprinkling of observations and memories actually should leave at least a little something for anyone to embrace. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/5 Sunday Girl (2019) John Urbancich Reactions to a potential break-up with the lovely Natashsa offer up an assortment of comical situations. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 Harriet (2019) John Urbancich There are moments that absolutely rivet. Many others, not so much. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3.5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) John Urbancich A strong cadre of Big Apple actors connect plot threads floating on a nice mix of jazz and justice until the movie's length eventually gets in the way down the stretch. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) John Urbancich Much purposely leans toward the absurd for sure, but it's definitely no laugh-a-minute romp, especially if you simply refuse to giggle at Hitler, et al. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) John Urbancich Joon-ho makes it all increasingly funny at first, until an out-of-nowhere twist sends both families into a sparkling but serious assortment of genre-mixed rides and wrinkles. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) John Urbancich Ladies rule, Arnold gets a funny re-tool, and some cheeky implausibility makes it kinda cool. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) John Urbancich Two oddballs sittin' 'round talkin' and some other things is more creepy-crawly than scary in the hands of artsy director Eggars and his two fine actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) John Urbancich Much bigger than a nitpick is the trouble that might give anyone with youngsters pause about an otherwise watchable film. That would be the odd violence that comes with the special effects territory in the Disney-produced sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) John Urbancich What can you say about Eddie Murphy when he's on his game? The best in the biz? The funniest man alive? You'll laugh till it hurts? All kinds of positive cliches come to mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) John Urbancich If you enjoy major stars talking at the screen, then a spin at this 'Laundromat' might float your boat. If not, it could prove infinitely more dull than droll. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 The Riot Act (2018) John Urbancich A troupe that claims to offer "high-end vaudeville" arrives, not only to seriously heat up plot possibilities, but prove that Parks might have a real future at the movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) John Urbancich The one -- and just about only -- real scene-stealer becomes Nick Kroll, who lends perfect voice to the precisely imagined Uncle Fester with a dead-on nod to the late, great Jackie Coogan from the original series. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) John Urbancich So many of us expected something extra special from the guy who created TV's always intriguing and multi-Emmy-winning "Fargo." EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) John Urbancich Bravo, and guess who'll have the last laugh when the Best Actor votes are counted. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) John Urbancich The result produces a combination of wonder and despair, but rarely any indignation from Muratova, a tough woman with enough capacity to accept what she's given. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) John Urbancich Zellweger, herself making a kind of screen comeback, absolutely embodies a forty something Garland, even singing up a storm with a fabulous turn that often dwarfs the movie, especially when it features glimpses of her character's very early career. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) John Urbancich Nelson tells Davis' warts and all story with plenty of room for remarkable bits of information, scholarly comments from an assortment of names and faces, and historical rhythms of Bebop that simply might drive jazz devotees to the brink in a good way. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 Aquarela (2018) John Urbancich Nature's sound and fury become the lone reasons to see and maybe embrace it and, even at less than 90 minutes, such relentless imagery feels like a lot of watching. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019