Annlee Ellingson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
54% 12 Strong (2018) The film delivers some thrilling action scenes on a massive scale -- with rockets roaring, bullets whizzing and explosions raining down on a galloping cavalry.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) A marvelous display of imagination and a visual feast of hand-drawn animation - an enchanting start to a new chapter of [Studio Ghibli].‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
58% The Commuter (2018) A quintessential January release after the headiness of awards season, The Commuter is dumb fun as long as you're just along for the ride.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) What begins as a sly critique of how society indulges male creative genius reveals itself in the third act to be a gothic romance about control and surrender.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
81% Molly's Game (2018) Molly [is] a fierce heroine, and the movie's optics, singularly focused on a woman in rooms filled with men, resonates in the current political climate of #metoo.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) [Director Alexander] Payne [is] wrestling with big ideas about climate change and human rights. Those big ideas just don't always fit comfortably in a small package.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
54% The Greatest Showman (2017) In addition to sanitizing the less-appetizing aspects of Barnum's legacy, The Greatest Showman relies too heavily on razzle dazzle to mask its narrative shortcomings.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A poignant farewell to Carrie Fisher. With dynamite women leading the action on all fronts, The Last Jedi is a fitting tribute to her legacy.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) Wickedly funny and heartbreakingly dark, I, Tonya ... unearths an antihero whom viewers will find themselves rooting for.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Director Steven Spielberg's newsroom thriller is a rousing defense of the First Amendment ... and an inspiring portrait of a woman coming into her own.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is a study in empathy and this year's darker, grittier answer to La La Land, peddling as it does in the dreams of Angeleno artists.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Anchored by a soul-stirring performance by Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water is a rapturous, romantic allegory about otherhood set during the Cold War.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
97% Coco (2017) A dramatic, dazzling adventure that puts a fresh spin on la importancia de la familia.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) In what might be the most romantic movie of the year, Call Me by Your Name dispenses with cliché while focusing on the universal fantasy of first love.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Writer-Director Dan Gilroy's narrative vehicle for this poignant character portrait is undeserving of its subject.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) With a few exceptions thanks to The Flash and Aquaman, Justice League fails to surprise and delight - the action set pieces should be cooler and the humor funnier. ‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A challenging portrait of grace in a funny, dark package.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A grand adaptation of the Hercule Poirot novel with a large, diverse ensemble cast aboard a richly appointed luxurious train chugging through sumptuous landscapes.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird isn't a teen romance. It's the love story between a girl and her mother, who loves so fiercely it's scary.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok right from the outset establishes a comedic tone new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and recasts hunky Chris Hemsworth as comic relief.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A cinema experience unlike any other -- at least since The Lobster.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) In retrospect, Suburbicon doesn't quite come together as either entertainment or a statement.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
70% Wonderstruck (2017) Ben's and Rose's stories aren't as enchanting as one wants them to be, and cutting back and forth between the two timelines gets clunky.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) Starts out kind of corny but stokes emotion with its true-life tale of bravery and brotherhood.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A fascinating cultural history in the guise of a sweeping period romance, despite the nontraditional relationship at its core, with empowering female leads.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Thurgood Marshall deserves a feature film about his life and career. This just isn't it.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) One of the most transcendent big-screen stories of the year comes in the pint-sized package of Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince).‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Extends and deepens the 1982 original sci-fi noir, expanding on the apocalyptic cyberpunk vision and further exploring fundamental questions about what defines humanity.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt reflects the man himself: dignified, reserved and about as exciting as watching one of his oil paintings dry.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
87% American Made (2017) Tailor-made for Tom Cruise, playing to his charisma, athleticism, humor, even his pilot skills.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton focus on the complexities of the rivals' personal lives with empathy and compassion.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kingsman was so fun and fresh when it burst into pop culture in 2015. It's a bummer this follow-up is already a tired, uninspired bust.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) Mike White ... has produced perhaps his most personal film yet -- so personal that he risks alienating audience members who aren't like him or his titular character.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
69% mother! (2017) A bonkers fever dream of epic proportions with overt religious overtones that will leave the faithful and less so alike puzzling over what it all means.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) It's galling that this is the fantasy women get after putting up with all those May-December relationships between older men and younger women in movies over the decades.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) It the movie is plenty scary, with imagery that's the stuff of nightmares, though the thrills are less about the element of surprise than the dread of anticipation.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
78% Crown Heights (2017) The story starts to get really interesting and engaging when Carl gets down to work, revisiting the case from so many years ago.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) A propulsive fever dream.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) An absurd -- and absurdly funny -- cinema experience, marking a welcome return to the form by Soderbergh.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The chemistry between Jackson and Reynolds is just enough to keep the action comedy on life support as derelict writing & humdrum action threaten to do in the entire endeavor.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) You won't find a sharper critique of the cult of the influencer.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) The film embraces the charm and the chaos, the light and the dark, in a moving melodrama about a woman who finds herself by accepting her past.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Some rather efficient world-building of an epic universe protected from the forces of darkness by the titular structure with charismatic performances.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Few films have lingered as long in my psyche. I'm still thinking about it -- and examining my reaction to it -- 10 days later.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Gore brings eloquence and humor to his interactions with scientists, politicians and citizens alike, evoking strong emotion in viewers.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Broughton may not have 007's arsenal of gadgets, but she does have a signature drink and kick-ass moves that she shows off in the hands-down best fight scene of the year.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Ambitious, sophisticated and gloriously cinematic, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk bursts into the heart of the summer moviegoing season.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Visually dazzling but narratively derivative and emotionally void, Luc Besson's out-of-this-world Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a Pop Rocks movie.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman finds beauty in his subject ... elevating his documentary exposé to art.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes brings the prequel trilogy to an operatic finale with a psychological drama as thrilling as its combat set pieces.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017