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John Urbancich

John Urbancich
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 69% 7500 (2020) While Vollrath establishes some visual tricks, such as containing action sequences to the locked cockpit and a monitor showing black-and-white glimpses of mayhem in the cabin, his movie ultimately does not add up to enough hold-your-breath moments.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) A good ensemble cast and the director's ability to discover his trademark heart among all the hard-"R" humor combine to lift "The King."‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
3.5/5 79% Judy & Punch (2020) Its ill-paired string pullers certainly do open some curtains into our current times.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
2.5/5 70% The High Note (2020) Both stars shine mostly bright, with the former truly glowing in some credible comic moments and the latter talking softly but nicely carrying her savvy recording-studio shtick.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
3/5 100% Burning Dog (2020) It's the action that speaks louder than words, especially during some climactic warehouse escapades.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Just keep the lights off, no matter where you watch it.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3/5 100% The Third Strike (2020) Please, don't confuse the title with baseball and the worst thing that can happen to a batter in that sport. Life becomes no game here, as talked about by an assortment of political personalities, etc.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3.5/5 85% Soundwave (2018) By the time it's into ever-requisite flashback mode (signaled by the caption reading 'One Week Ago'), writer/director Dylan K. Narang already has shown off a bag of nifty tricks on how to make a low-budget film look like a million or more.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3/5 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) Curious types might discover moments of insight and even unexpected wonder in observing discussions about The Big Bang Theory, timely mention on how meditation might connect positively with influenza inoculations, and various other matters. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3.5/5 100% Nemesis (2020) It's a thriller with some bite from writer and director Tim Earnheart, a design whiz who obviously knows how to make an audience pay attention. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3/5 47% Silent Panic (2019) One of the most intriguing scenes comes complete with actor Jeff Dowd, as Bobby's former drug dealer. If you don't recognize the name, he's an acquaintance the Coen Brothers patterned their legendary "Dude" after in 'The Big Lebowski.' ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) You might recognize it as a mix of 'Harry Potter' types looking to repeat some 'Frozen'-like, box-office wizardry of their own, if mostly for boys and without all the girly-girl music.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
2.5/5 48% Greed (2020) The writer/director risks losing us all very quickly with an almost inconceivable number of leaps in time during the film's first 15 minutes alone.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) . . . a surprisingly gripping thriller with another boffo performance from always watchable Elisabeth Moss.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Its uniquely gorgeous tale of 18th century romance features a pair of picture-perfect mademoiselles (Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel), as a young artist and her initially unwilling subject.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
3.5/5 82% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Besides the music -- with, naturally, key inclusions of "Up on Cripple Creek" and a rousing finale of "The Weight" -- celebrity talking heads abound.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
2.5/5 34% Seberg (2020) The married actress' relationship with a black activist (Anthony Mackie) gave notorious J. Edgar Hoover's FBI room to ruin more than a career, perhaps even with a few twists we never heard about. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
4/5 85% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Hey, 'Standing Up' is nothing particularly profound, just a nice little keeper. Go out to find it and enjoy.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
2/5 38% Downhill (2020) Louis-Dreyfus carries the gist of the dramedy balancing act playing out here. Certainly on the comic end, her uncomfortable scene with a seductive ski instructor pays off with the movie's biggest guffaw. The talented lady needs to do more films.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
2.5/5 39% The Song of Names (2019) . . . a somber drama that waits so long to deliver its heartfelt gut-punch perhaps a viewer's patience might be worn totally away by then.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
4/5 85% Les Misérables (2020) The contrast between beginning and climax becomes slowly startling, and the shades of gray that director and co-screenwriter Ladj Ly paints on most of his characters delivers a portrait of crime and alleged justice that Hugo might have enjoyed.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
2/5 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) Obviously, with prominent 'James Bond' producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at the helm, their hope is to put one or two more Stephanie Patrick movies on the big screen. Very good luck with that, folks.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
3.5/5 71% Family Obligations (2019) Concentrate more on the movie's personal values, and you might agree that this first-time effort from writer/director Kenneth R. Frank nicely gets it done despite only an apparent eight-day shooting schedule.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The motley crew of criminals and con artists masquerading as 'The Gentlemen' certainly looks mighty impressive.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) 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. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/5 48% Underwater (2020) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
1/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) 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. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) An entertaining lark that reunites Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, puts them in a Victorian-era balloon, and let's them fly.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) 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. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 83% Waves (2019) The second half boasts a captivating portrayal from newcomer Taylor Russell, as the younger sister in a suffering family. Talk about healing influences. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/5 93% Anya (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
3/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Just know that your heart might be recruited to pound right along with an effectively simple score from the Newton Brothers.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4.5/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/5 75% Sunday Girl (2019) Reactions to a potential break-up with the lovely Natashsa offer up an assortment of comical situations. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) There are moments that absolutely rivet. Many others, not so much.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 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. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) 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.‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) 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. ‐ Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019