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
4.5/5 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) John Urbancich Surely everyone recognizes the Wallace name from his 40 years on TV's fabled "60 Minutes," but did you know he was an actor, pitchman, and self-confessed "bad father" as well? EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) John Urbancich The first collaboration between writer/director Linklater and Blanchett, as his leading lady, lost me at hello. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 Maiden (2018) John Urbancich The boat was skippered by a former short-order cook whose early life struggles deserve to make a quite compelling feature film some day soon. Her all-female crew also gives ample room for actresses to play them with strength and guts. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Farewell (2019) John Urbancich It's a joyously odd affair that will remind some of 'The Wedding Banquet,' and nicely serves to fill in the blanks among tender moments, a few playful ones, and the universal recognition of love, people and events no matter what language you speak. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) John Urbancich Tarantino resurrects a decade that smothered the senses with an onslaught of fashion, 'TV Guide' covers, memorable music, and mostly lesser-known film titles sprinkled throughout his 165-minute extravaganza. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) John Urbancich Writer/director Kempner's stimulating doc offers up good-field, no-hit Moe Berg as a genuine American hero -- and quite an authentic character to boot. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) John Urbancich By the time Nala/Beyonce shrieks "Lions, attack!" it sounds and feels more like a mediocre Saturday morning cartoon than a 2019 technological film marvel. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) John Urbancich Since another Vic/Stu connection featured at the end of this one would provide a perfect starting point for a sequel, let's just call it "S2ber" and start shooting -- literally and figuratively -- again right now. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 Midsommar (2019) John Urbancich You won't relate to anyone in the barmy bunch, and even Aster's ironic use of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," a '6os classic by the Walker Brothers, falls flat as delivered over the closing credits by Frankie Valli, of all people. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) John Urbancich Love is in the air, and Peter's ongoing plans for making MJ his main squeeze really do add a sweet and realistic teen touch to the Marvel mayhem that only fans of this gigantic genre can possibly embrace. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) John Urbancich There is some humor (mostly from Michael Cimino as a well-meaning boyfriend), and talents galore from both Grace and the character she plays to keep conjuring up franchise remnants for years to come. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) John Urbancich The cherry on the top of summer's most charming movie becomes a graceful appearance toward the end. Expect it to remind every Fab Four fan of one certain event in their lives, first with a smile then, maybe, a tear or two as well. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) John Urbancich With its constantly smart humor (from eight credited screenwriters), a few more unexpected vocal cameos, and the franchise's ever-evident emotion, recycling never has felt so fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 Holy Lands (2018) John Urbancich This is no vehicle for humor, but its melodrama does have a good heart, even if former New York cardiologist Harry ironically might not have one of his own at this point in his solitary life. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 Ghost Light (2018) John Urbancich They're together as a mix of seen-it-all vets and theatrical newcomers, putting on a stage tragedy and, good news for us, turning it into a watchable -- and quite witchy -- film farce. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 Late Night (2019) John Urbancich It's just not that funny, and a good supporting cast suffers as a result, too. That includes John Lithgow, a superb Amy Ryan, Hugh Dancy and Ike Barinholz. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
2.5/5 Shaft (2019) John Urbancich The plot becomes woefully less entertaining than the rat-a-tat-tat 'tude offered up by both the consistently cool Jackson and the gifted Regina Hall, as the baby mama Shaft reluctantly left behind. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) John Urbancich In 2013, Jim Jarmusch co-wrote and directed one of the all-time best (and severely underrated) vampire flicks, "Only Lovers Left Alive." Alas, his latest likely won't reach the same stature for fans of zombies. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) John Urbancich The franchise's latest title comes from alien-chasing visits to Paris, London, Marrakesh and Naples, but it remains a mess wherever it lands. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 All Is True (2018) John Urbancich Director Branagh and screenwriter Ben Elton spin a decent yarn that concludes "Family is everything" instead of "The play's the thing." EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/5 Ma (2019) John Urbancich In what might be the performance of the year so far, Spencer puts this disturbing tale on her versatile shoulders and runs away with it. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) John Urbancich Just about every familiar note is here, from "Benny & the Jets" to "Your Song," with a slew of flashy production numbers highlighted by "Saturday Night's Alright" and "The Bitch Is Back." EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Double Lives (2018) John Urbancich As always, such intelligent (French) talk comes with unabashed infidelity among most of the worldly players, including a wife and TV actress agreeably inhabited by Juliette Binoche. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 The White Crow (2018) John Urbancich Director (co-star) Ralph Fiennes and accomplished screenwriter David Hare crowd too much into their defection story of Rudolf Nureyev, whose talent plays much easier to embrace than his personality. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) John Urbancich It's a quick-moving doc that's just a bit full of itself but uniquely enjoyable. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) John Urbancich After what we've seen and heard from the late, great Robin Williams, Will Smith's act -- even with some special effects -- wears thin rather quickly. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) John Urbancich I promise you'll laugh out loud -- a lot! EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
3.5/5 Bull (2019) John Urbancich The co-lead performances often soar, especially in simple and subtle moments from a wisely minimalist screenplay by Silverstein and Johnny McAllister. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) John Urbancich Watery eyes definitely become the order of the day a few times in the calculating little family film designed to work the ways it does as a sequel to 2017's 'A Dog's Purpose.' EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 The Russian Five (2018) John Urbancich Michigan native Joshua Riehl shoots and often humorously scores with this true tale of espionage and hockey. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 Tolkien (2019) John Urbancich An exceptionally good-looking film not only features rich performances from Hoult and Collins, but also offers an assortment of hints about how the works of the title student/soldier might have been influenced by pieces and events in his early years. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) John Urbancich (It's) a stale and stodgy telling with no real hints of the intrigue or urgency commonly associated with any number of more invigorating stories of espionage. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5.5 The Intruder (2019) John Urbancich Since we're talking about creepy, there's a smarmy tale starring Dennis Quaid as the unstable title character, whose oddly fascinating facial expressions almost become worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) John Urbancich Even without the director showing an abundance of Bundy's murders or re-creations of such, fans of oh so many TV crime and punishment shows might readily embrace all of it. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) John Urbancich Too bad the twist resolution plays similarly to something pulled off infinitely more intriguingly on a recent episode of Showtime's popular "Billions" series. Of course, it remains a long shot that anyone else might notice anyway. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) John Urbancich Thank goodness for some fine ol' trademark, avenging humor saving the day and carrying us through much of the weltschmerz with almost a full two hours remaining in this really big show. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) John Urbancich Another nice turn by Linda Cardellini, legitimate kids-in-peril chills, and a few laughs inspired by defrocked exorcist Raymond Cruz keep 'The Conjuring' Universe alive until June's next chapter. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 High Life (2018) John Urbancich The generally masterful Claire Denis gives us a pretentious yawner in space. A two-hour nap might be healthier for all of us. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
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