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Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Hidden Figures (2017) A by-turns infuriating and rousing feel-good drama. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jan 6, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Gentle yet profound, Paterson serves as a moving reminder that beauty can be found in the everyday, that art can made everywhere, and that a poet lies in everyone. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 30, 2016
95% Fences (2016) A moving and urgent portrait of a working-class African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh powered by tour de force performances by its two leads. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 23, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) An exercise in frustration and offense, wasting the considerable charm of [its] charismatic stars and failing to meaningfully investigate the sticky questions it raises. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 23, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) The crafting of identity is at the heart of this highly literary and philosophical noir. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 16, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A darker, grittier Star Wars than we've seen before that suggests, as much as one can, what it was like to discover George Lucas' space opera in the first place. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) A lovely, old-fashioned ode to dreamers and their dreams, the sacrifices they make to go after them, and the poignant regret of what could have been. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 9, 2016
42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Your workplace's holiday celebration may not live up to Office Christmas Party, but you and your coworkers can have a good time watching it -- just don't tell HR. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 9, 2016
88% Jackie (2016) If Portman's portrayal seems studied, that's because the woman herself was, and not since Black Swan has the actress been so in command of such a substantial role. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Dec 2, 2016
88% Lion (2016) Anchored by an impossibly adorable new talent and a familiar face showing new dramatic range, Lion explores the power of memory, technology and the pull of home. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 23, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Robert Zemeckis' war drama exploring love in a time of war is nearly undone by an uncharacteristically uncharismatic performance by star Brad Pitt. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 23, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan's wrought script pursues a simple man's life to its darkest place ... and sits there with him, until we understand. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 18, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) With a script by Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts is as bewitching in its imagination and attention to detail as the Harry Potter movies. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 18, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It pains me to say this ... but director Ang Lee's technologically experimental ode to U.S. servicemen and women does disservice to the story and the form. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) At a moment of monumental transition and heightened anxiety arrives an existential alien invasion flick that's at once unapologetically cerebral and elegiacally emotional. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Nov 18, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) A feel-good documentary about a remarkable girl in an incredible place. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 28, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Plays like a procedural thanks to our familiarity with Langdon and his world, even with its global, prophetic stakes. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 28, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Cinematic poetry and one of the best films of the year. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 21, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Rushed in its storytelling and sloppy in its execution, the sequel is a rare misstep for the exacting producer/movie star and could spell the end for the nascent series. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 21, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Thoughtful, meditative glimpses into the lives of three women that speak volumes about modern womanhood. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 14, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) There's so much exposition that we pause near the climax for a bunch of dialogue just to get through it. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 14, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) [Parker] is reaching for something he doesn't quite grasp, falling short of the artfulness of ... "12 Years a Slave." ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 7, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) [Blunt] goes all in for this role ... but her arc is so awkwardly executed that it elicits unsolicited laughter. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Oct 7, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) An anthem for a class of kids who've never been asked what their dreams are, and a transportive and transformative cinema experience for those of us who've never asked them. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 30, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Even at 127 minutes, Miss Peregrine feels rushed and truncated, but there's plenty to enjoy, starting with Green as the titular guardian. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 30, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Makes painfully plain the tug of war between getting an education and putting food on the table, dreams and survival, the future and right now. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 23, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Westerns may be a nostalgic genre, few and far between these days, but it doesn't have to be outdated when filmed, as Fuqua does, through a 21st-century lens. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 23, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) The movie's strength lies in its painstaking explication of how extensively the government is spying on us and why we should be as horrified as Snowden is. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 16, 2016
85% Sully (2016) A mishmash of genres -- a would-be disaster flick, a legal thriller, a heroic biopic -- jarringly cut together with the thinnest of threads linking them together. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Sep 9, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) A socially charged and robustly intellectual love story, but a love story nonetheless. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) A thoughtfully crafted addition to the genre. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 26, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The process threatens to overwhelm the result, which is exquisitely artful and a little dark for family audiences. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 19, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) The resolution comes a little quickly and tidily, but otherwise Ben-Hur is an efficient, action-packed remake for a contemporary audience. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 19, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It takes a special talent to sing so badly so well, and Streep captures Florence's sincere, yet somehow blissfully ignorant, love for music. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 12, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) [Director David] Lowery may be retreading familiar territory here, but he does it well. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 11, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) Just lovely and poignant and all the other adjectives that make one's heart swell. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 5, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) A giant dumpster fire of perplexing plotting, erratic pacing, racial stereotypes and a problematic male gaze. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Aug 4, 2016
81% Equity (2016) Equity has injected women protagonists into a genre traditionally dominated by men, charging the Wall Street thriller with a buzz of female energy. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 29, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Delivers what fans of the franchise like about it--electrifying action, an international itinerary and a dogged hero with superhuman abilities yet very human vulnerabilities. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 29, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Behind the bad behavior, rampant inebriation and morning facial injections is a poignant observation about women and aging in an industry built on beauty. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 22, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) [Director Justin Lin's] sweeping vision emblematizes the galactic scope of the setting and the dramatic stakes of the story. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 22, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) The central love triangle strains credulity[, and] Stewart reads too contemporary for the role. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Sends a clear shot across the bow to those who would object to its very concept and delivers an unexpectedly moving rallying cry for girl empowerment. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 14, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Finds the humor in tossing this feral pack into the real world, and raises difficult questions about just how much we're compromising to get by in a hard world. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 9, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) There's no there there - no political or social analogy ... and, with its reliance on the familiar villainous animal control as a plot device, no creative world-building. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 9, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) [Speaks] to the power of cinema, and art in general, as a tool of communication and expression and connection, in this case directly saving a boy's life. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 1, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) There's much to admire about The BFG: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg's magical production design and John Williams' whimsical score. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jul 1, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Every bit as weird and wonderful as you want a feature-length fart joke to be. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jun 24, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Unoriginal, lazy and messy, pandering to both fans of the original and the Chinese market -- a disaster flick in not only content but form. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jun 24, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) Solomon progressively peels back the layers on not only the case but on Kitty herself, dropping bombshells that hit on a bunch of buzzy themes without forcing topicality. ‐ L.A. Biz
Posted Jun 17, 2016