Leah Sydney

Leah Sydney
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Showbiz 411

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a monumental mobster masterpiece. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
64% Human Capital (2019) Edgy quirky and clever, "Human Capital" is a dramatic, twisty, intriguing movie ride. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," showcases the trailblazer that she is because of her singular stunning voice. Weave in her gritty and smart down to earthiness, well this documentary is as extraordinary as the singer herself. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" strikes all the right fantastical Beatle's chords and cannot help but bring a smile to your face. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) "Secret Life Of Pets 2" sets the bar low and achieves just that. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
85% Pavarotti (2019) "Pavarotti" Hits All the Right Nights Capturing the Out-Sized Life of a Man with Giant Appetites. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "Echo In The Canyon" is a rock music experience that is singular and not to be missed. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) The farewell of Milch's Shakespearean "Deadwood" is a poignant and masterful film. One more triumph for the crème de la crème which is HBO. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
61% Breakthrough (2019) Chrissy Metz's performance and songwriter Diane Warren's "I'm Standing With You," lift up this genuine, moving, lovely film. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore is captivating. She and the writer/director Sebastian Lelio have created in a sense an anthem for independent women that stays with you. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo's" pluses are not enough to leave audiences with any heartfelt emotion or wonder. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele hits a cinematic grand slam, his oh so unique take on the current state of this country works brilliantly in "US." - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie Shine in "Mary Queen of Scots." A Royal Romp with Dark Undertones. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa's McCarthy playing Lee Israel is no forgery, it's the real thing. She gives a powerhouse, poignant, weaved in with her comedic caustic wit, award deserving performance. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carell's and Chalamet's performances are to be admired for sure; the rest of "Beautiful Boy," not so much. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Laugh out loud, funny, raunchy abrasive comedy with a sweet center, that being the unique puppet and human cop duo that only Melissa McCarthy can pull off. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Cher and Cher A like: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is a Venue for Everyone's Favorite Pop Diva. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" Reaches New Heights of Mindless Summer Popcorn Fun - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) With the scarcity of humor and the confusion of it all, the enjoyment factor is a bit elusive at times. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The dogs take on human characteristics, which makes them off the chart adorable and funny, clever and sarcastic and wholly appealing. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project could easily be a Best Picture nominee this season. Baker's direction is so fluid, and the whole movie is so organic, you feel that you've lived it through it with all the characters. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird, is in its own movie making lane, and does it all without missing anything. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
33% Home Again (2017) Reese is always appealing, but this film is clueless, sexist and at mostly just down right offensive. Sorry Reese, nothing to like here. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Bottom line: The movie is terrific, just the breath of fresh air Warners needs. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong,... is most definitely a gloried B-movie, and it smartly knows exactly what lane it's supposed to be in, which shows from the first scene. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Enchanting affection is woven into every visually lush scene. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
77% Split (2017) There are moments of true artistry in "Split." But it's uncomfortable to watch because then it falls apart and makes no sense...So sparing the obvious pun, I'm on both sides of the fence on this one. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
66% Storks (2016) A truly funny animated bundle of joy, (pardon the pun) treat co-written and directed by Nicholas Stoller. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Yes it's inspirational and yes we know where it's going. Didn't stop me and many of the other jaded journalists at a recent screening from dabbing their eyes. Go see it, it's a gem. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
71% The Infiltrator (2016) Bryan Cranston just has 'it'. This now iconic character actor commands attention. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
83% Sausage Party (2016) The film surprises you because apart from being hysterically jaw dropping funny, its' ideologies and themes throughout are somehow inexplicably meaningful. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
88% Pete's Dragon (2016) This fantasy adventure captures all of the best of Disney's irresistible magic and is an experience no one should miss. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
97% Hell or High Water (2016) The complicated camaraderie and the love between the troubled brothers along with the action-thriller elements, has made this my favorite film of the year so far. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The film is actually quite funny (tons of inside jokes for the comic book devotees) charming and heartfelt in many places. The other places, well, mega destruction and over-the-top action rules. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
93% The Nice Guys (2016) Nice Guys is more than a worthwhile movie going experience. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) While a bit more mean spirited than the first, the laughs are there so it doesn't feel like a retread. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
97% Zootopia (2016) Sorry Elsa from Frozen, you have been dethroned. The new way adorable queen is a bunny and her name is Judy. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is a dazzling, creative film that will surely put [Peter] Docter and co. back in the Oscar race. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
85% Cinderella (2015) The sumptuously stunning visuals with a fine cast, all enhance this classic fairy tale. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
90% Philomena (2013) Philomena is the surprise hit of the season. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
46% Last Vegas (2013) There's something to be said for the big studio comedy that works. Last Vegas more than fulfills its promise. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
72% Pacific Rim (2013) Rim is scary, smart and scientific, with humor weaved in throughout. The visual effects are stunningly believable and artistic in every scene. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
53% Lovelace (2013) Amanda Seyfried earns her acting stripes here, her brave no holds barred performance completely sheds her Les Miz and Mamma Mia good girl image. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
64% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) The film is just plain fun to watch and the music is poppy and quite lovely at times. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
80% 42 (2013) This story is a tough one to hit the right notes on, but Oscar winning screenwriter of LA Confidential, Brian Helgeland, does just that. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
73% Final Portrait (2018) Final Portrait is quiet, patient, thoughtful and at times really funny, with a meditative quality that the engaging actors slip into effortlessly. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is truly a revelation. A simple premise turns out to be an intense, exciting, poignant and ridiculously scary story. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) Book Club is over the top appealing, and completely charming with four powerhouse actresses that just get everything right. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic Park is Melting in the Dark, But Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Will Save the Day. - Showbiz 411 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018