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Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
91% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) The franchise from the outset has confronted notions of disability and challenged parental responses to it, and Finding Dory is no different.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
50% Genius (2016) Their story is rich with themes about creative work and concerns about legacy, and how they can interfere with friendships and marriages and being a decent human being.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) [Director Duncan Jones] draws sensitive performances ... amid vigorous action setpieces playing out on a massive canvas.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) An exquisite metaphor of adolescent rites of passage, with dance as the language of expression for an otherwise reserved character who speaks little.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A super fun, funny summer action flick that taps into adolescent insecurities and touts the importance of teamwork and family.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) A charming, touching coming-of-ager, even before Mohammed grows up to be an idol.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Fox's latest Marvel movie is no fantastic failure like Fantastic Four, but it doesn't inspire any enthusiasm for future installments.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) I'd pay to watch Gerwig recite the digits of pi until she got tired. ‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) The ultimate frat party gets a feminist spin.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) The costumes are gorgeous, fitted constructions in bold colors and beautiful patterns, the formidable uniform of a fierce, independent woman taking control of her own destiny.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Awkwardly miscast and tonally disconnected, the film is a thriller with little suspense, a message movie with no credibility.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) Perhaps even more urgent upon its U.S. release than when it won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival a year ago.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Their respective motivations are convincing, and the 16-minute "splash panel" showdown at the Leipzeig airport is fun.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Funnier and cleverer in concept than in execution, with all the best cat gags spoiled in the previews.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The tale is lazily and uncompellingly told -- sparkling eye candy with a bitter taste.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) [The] emotional journey, complicated by a couple of unexpected developments in the third act, is universal and profound.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) A well-meaning, often very funny call for female empowerment in dire need of a script revision and a judicious edit.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) A sympathetic and, dare I say it, jazzy ode to the white West Coast cat with a soulful sound [and an] addiction to heroin.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Their first big-screen pairing is a hot mess, with too many storylines to get through to enjoy the elaborate production design or even figure out how we're supposed to feel.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
33% The Bronze (2016) It'd be even more fun if there were a point to all the obscenity.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Woodley and her peers are just going through the motions at this point, surviving the franchise so they can move on to the next stages of their careers.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) With a horrifying scenario, a resilient heroine and an insistent score by composer Bear McCreary, the super-secret J.J. Abrams production drops a new nightmare.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
91% City Of Gold (2016) Gold's decades of writing on LA's food scene are as much a story of immigration and the American dream as they are tacos and curry - and they'll make you very, very hungry.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) As beautifully (though in my case nauseatingly) photographed as ever, putting a rich, moving (literally moving) sheen on a hollow story.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Aside from a couple of tone-deaf casting choices, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a funny and illuminating story of female empowerment in the malest of environments.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) A sequel that, this many years hence, no one was clamoring for.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Heart-warming and fun and embodies a sportsmanlike message that it doesn't matter whether you finish first or last, but that you do your best.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) A beautiful meditation on memories and dreams, and an excoriating indictment on cultures lost.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
61% Race (2016) An inspiring, feel-good story with a deferential protagonist perhaps more palatable to those who took issue with Beyoncé's politically charged Super Bowl performance.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
79% Where to Invade Next (2016) [Moore's] findings - on workers' rights and women leaders, on education and school lunches, on prison systems and drug policies - are at once enlightening and depressing.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) An antihero who's sarcastic, profane, self-aware and funny as hell, a cathartic break from the portentous comic-book flicks saturating the release slate these days.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) A film by a cineaste for cineastes, "Eisenstein" ... reveals less about the filmmaker's style behind the camera than between the sheets.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) A love letter to a silly, exasperating industry ... that nonetheless produces works of art that are mesmerizing, meaningful and, well, "swell."‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
93% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) Of the five, "Everything Will Be Okay" delivers the biggest punch to the gut. ... Young actress Julia Pointner in her first credited role is a stunning discovery.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
No Score Yet 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2016) A mix of artistic portraits and investigative journalism from the far reaches of the globe.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated (2016) This year's batch of animated Oscar shorts offers an array of stunning styles from simple stick figures to classic hand-drawn animation to the most sophisticated CG.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) The picture embraces old-fashioned values and a little schmaltz in its portrait of decent men going above and beyond the call of duty.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) The movie really goes for it - like, to a shocking degree. And, well, I laughed. (Ugh.)‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
32% Mojave (2016) A B movie with A-list talent.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016