Annlee Ellingson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Slickly packaged into a feel-good Hollywood movie. ... Not that there's anything wrong with that.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
53% Escape Room (2019) Just the kind of escapist cinema one might be seeking at the start of the year.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
64% Aquaman (2018) One just has to throw up one's fins and give in to the ridiculousness.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns may not be practically perfect, but it is a loving homage to the 54-year-old musical.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is acute social commentary wrapped in a swooning love story.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [An] invigorating viewing experience that brings humor and warmth and serious themes to the pop-culture icon around finding your tribe and what it means to wear a mask.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
64% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A fascinating portrait of how two powerful women manage marriage and children to maintain and expand their reigns.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) The twin forces of trauma and celebrity create a toxic portrait of pop-culture stardom in Vox Lux, featuring a primal scream of a performance from Natalie Portman.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A family drama about a clan of grifters evolves into a crime mystery and a devastating indictment not of lawbreakers but of the system that fosters them .‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) A modern, invigorating portrait of women as powerful as they are flawed.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón depicts these small moments with cinematic virtuosity, filming in rich black and white -- the director did his own cinematography -- with long continuous takes.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) For a film about fathers and sons, Creed II doesn't much evolve the portrait of fatherhood. ... [but it] has some relevant things to say about male fragility.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
81% Green Book (2018) With its entertaining personalities [and] witty banter ... Green Book [is] a feel-good movie that indeed leaves one feeling good, if conflictedly so.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% Widows (2018) Widows is that rare genre movie that demands more -- more from its casting, more from its plot and more from its themes.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A visual and aural feast, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms nonetheless leaves one unsatisfied.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek is electrifying in the role, and in the end Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates Queen's oeuvre and, in moments both intimate and entertaining, its creation.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) A visceral, at times grotesque, ultimately bonkers portrait of female desire -- not for love, but for metaphysical power.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) This latest Halloween ... ignores all but the very first film with a mix of nostalgia for the original and winks at the series' diversions along the way.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A biopic about biographer and literary forger Lee Israel that enters the pantheon of painfully acute cinematic portraits of writers.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Part engineering procedural, part domestic drama, with a stunning, almost spiritual climax on the lunar surface.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) 22 July's dark aesthetic reflects a dark chapter in history -- one that is still being written.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Powerful and moving and thought-provoking stuff in an old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a sensational soundtrack featuring two of the year's breakout performances.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford tips his hat to the outlaws that have helped make him an enduring star as well as his inherent affability that makes him such an endearing one.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
28% Night School (2018) Night School may not deliver straight A's, but the one-two punch of Hart and Haddish aces chemistry.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Witty, acute and unexpected, The Sisters Brothers is a striking portrait of brotherly love -- whether by blood or by circumstance.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A good PG-rated scary movie for the pre-teen set.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) The noir mystery gets a sun-dappled update in A Simple Favor, a stylish thriller with a twist (upon twist upon twist).‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
60% White Boy Rick (2018) White Boy Rick is as funny and fun as its marketing suggests, reveling in the swagger of a kid fearlessly slinging with criminals and cops alike -- until it's not.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Sporting a ruby-orange bob and bright polka-dotted outfits, Kusama as she nears 90 has become a pop art icon. Kusama: Infinity shows that she's no flash in the pan.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint ... is beneath [star Jennifer Garner] - a brutally violent revenge story that fails to pause for any self-reflection.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
30% Kin (2018) A wrinkle in the film's final moments ... sets up a franchise that's ... given this movie's frustrating shortfalls, unlikely to ever see the light of a projector.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
64% The Little Stranger (2018) A Gothic romance between a man and a manse, The Little Stranger operates on a slow boil until the spooky goings-on in Hundreds Hall overwhelm its residents.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Happytime aims to be more than this one joke, setting up a hardboiled, if formulaic, plot with characters and relationships with real history and regret.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Searching (2018) The mystery's twists and turns are compelling enough in their own right, but the style with which they're presented elevates the material to incisive commentary.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A swooning fairy-tale romance that updates the Cinderella story to modern-day Singapore.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) Ill-conceived and miscast, Mile 22 mistakes flashy computer graphics for narrative intensity, quick cutting for compelling action, and quirks for characterization. ‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Moments of girl power fail to connect with even sympathetic viewers, thanks to a mess of inane narrative, scattershot action, and jokes that don't quite land.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) The man is mean and his bear a bummer in a movie that starts to feel like a downer that only Eeyore could enjoy.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The ideas are big and the creativity invigorating, with stories of transformation that are specific to Oakland yet universally resonant.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) The ideas are big and the creativity invigorating, with stories of transformation that are specific to Oakland yet universally resonant.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Sexy, witty and action-packed, the Mission: Impossible movies revel in glamorous locations and their star's billion-dollar smile, and Fallout is more of that.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) The film does a better job of balancing its thesis when Greenfield turns the camera on herself and her own family.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) How do the filmmakers settle on a narrative for an Equalizer film? The answer is they don't, cramming several plotlines into one jumbled film.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Writer-director Gus Van Sant and star Joaquin Phoenix have crafted a loving ode to a Portland institution with this portrait of art, alcoholism and disability.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) [A] rip-roaring homage to the '80s action classic [Die Hard] with liberal accelerants from The Towering Inferno and MacGyver tossed in.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) After the galactic annihilation of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel lowers the stakes and amps up the fun with Ant-Man and the Wasp.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The action is swift, brutal and for some, perhaps even cathartic. But this Sicario eschews what the first film was principally about: bearing witness.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Ultimately Winter's Bone and Leave No Trace could not be tonally more different, revealing Granik to be a virtuoso filmmaker of a diverse, if too brief, oeuvre.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
69% Damsel (2018) The film tries one's patience with a simplistic, obvious message -- this damsel "don't need saving" -- and a schtick that goes on long past its expiration.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom tackles the evolution of hubris that motivated humans to resurrect [dinosaurs], while injecting the series' pulpy fun into a new genre: gothic horror.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018