Showbiz 411

Showbiz 411 is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Leah Sydney
Rating Title/Year Author
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Leah Sydney "Secret Life Of Pets 2" sets the bar low and achieves just that. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Leah Sydney "Pavarotti" Hits All the Right Nights Capturing the Out-Sized Life of a Man with Giant Appetites. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Leah Sydney "Echo In The Canyon" is a rock music experience that is singular and not to be missed. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Leah Sydney Chrissy Metz's performance and songwriter Diane Warren's "I'm Standing With You," lift up this genuine, moving, lovely film. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Leah Sydney Moore is captivating. She and the writer/director Sebastian Lelio have created in a sense an anthem for independent women that stays with you. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Leah Sydney "Dumbo's" pluses are not enough to leave audiences with any heartfelt emotion or wonder. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Us (2019) Leah Sydney Peele hits a cinematic grand slam, his oh so unique take on the current state of this country works brilliantly in "US." EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Leah Sydney Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie Shine in "Mary Queen of Scots." A Royal Romp with Dark Undertones. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018) Leah Sydney Carell's and Chalamet's performances are to be admired for sure; the rest of "Beautiful Boy," not so much. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
First Man (2018) Roger Friedman First Man focuses on Neil Armstrong, his wife and children. The moon landing is seen through their eyes. This gives First Man a freshness, and a new perspective. The movie is a cinematic gift. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Roger Friedman We know this story so well, and Cooper et al know we do. So he makes it just new enough and of the moment to capture our attention. It doesn't hurt that Cooper has a good eye and Jack turns out to be an authentic rocker. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Blaze (2018) Roger Friedman Blaze, a complex, beautifully wrought sort of down and dirty version of Crazy Hearts. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Leah Sydney Cher and Cher A like: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is a Venue for Everyone's Favorite Pop Diva. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Leah Sydney "Skyscraper" Reaches New Heights of Mindless Summer Popcorn Fun EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Leah Sydney With the scarcity of humor and the confusion of it all, the enjoyment factor is a bit elusive at times. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Leah Sydney The dogs take on human characteristics, which makes them off the chart adorable and funny, clever and sarcastic and wholly appealing. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
The Florida Project (2017) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Lady Bird (2017) Leah Sydney Lady Bird, is in its own movie making lane, and does it all without missing anything. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Home Again (2017) Leah Sydney Reese is always appealing, but this film is clueless, sexist and at mostly just down right offensive. Sorry Reese, nothing to like here. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Wonder Woman (2017) Leah Sydney Bottom line: The movie is terrific, just the breath of fresh air Warners needs. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Leah Sydney Enchanting affection is woven into every visually lush scene. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Split (2016) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Storks (2016) Leah Sydney A truly funny animated bundle of joy, (pardon the pun) treat co-written and directed by Nicholas Stoller. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Queen of Katwe (2016) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
The Infiltrator (2016) Leah Sydney Bryan Cranston just has 'it'. This now iconic character actor commands attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Sausage Party (2016) Leah Sydney The film surprises you because apart from being hysterically jaw dropping funny, its' ideologies and themes throughout are somehow inexplicably meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Pete's Dragon (2016) Leah Sydney This fantasy adventure captures all of the best of Disney's irresistible magic and is an experience no one should miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Hell or High Water (2016) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Leah Sydney 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
The Nice Guys (2016) Leah Sydney Nice Guys is more than a worthwhile movie going experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Leah Sydney While a bit more mean spirited than the first, the laughs are there so it doesn't feel like a retread. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Zootopia (2016) Leah Sydney Sorry Elsa from Frozen, you have been dethroned. The new way adorable queen is a bunny and her name is Judy. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Inside Out (2015) Leah Sydney Inside Out is a dazzling, creative film that will surely put [Peter] Docter and co. back in the Oscar race. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Cinderella (2015) Leah Sydney The sumptuously stunning visuals with a fine cast, all enhance this classic fairy tale. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Philomena (2013) Leah Sydney Philomena is the surprise hit of the season. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Last Vegas (2013) Leah Sydney There's something to be said for the big studio comedy that works. Last Vegas more than fulfills its promise. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Pacific Rim (2013) Leah Sydney Rim is scary, smart and scientific, with humor weaved in throughout. The visual effects are stunningly believable and artistic in every scene. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Lovelace (2013) Leah Sydney Amanda Seyfried earns her acting stripes here, her brave no holds barred performance completely sheds her Les Miz and Mamma Mia good girl image. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Leah Sydney The film is just plain fun to watch and the music is poppy and quite lovely at times. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
42 (2013) Leah Sydney This story is a tough one to hit the right notes on, but Oscar winning screenwriter of LA Confidential, Brian Helgeland, does just that. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Final Portrait (2017) Leah Sydney Final Portrait is quiet, patient, thoughtful and at times really funny, with a meditative quality that the engaging actors slip into effortlessly. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Leah Sydney A Quiet Place is truly a revelation. A simple premise turns out to be an intense, exciting, poignant and ridiculously scary story. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Book Club (2018) Leah Sydney Book Club is over the top appealing, and completely charming with four powerhouse actresses that just get everything right. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Leah Sydney Jurassic Park is Melting in the Dark, But Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Will Save the Day. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018