L.A. Biz

L.A. Biz is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Annlee Ellingson
Rating Title/Year Author
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Annlee Ellingson Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch contributes to the genre with The Dead Don't Die in part by paying homage. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Annlee Ellingson There's no protecting moviegoers from an uninspired fourth installment that wastes the charisma of its two new stars. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Late Night (2019) Annlee Ellingson They say write what you know, and Mindy Kaling has done just that for Late Night. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Annlee Ellingson After a dozen films over nearly two decades, Fox's long-running X-Men franchise comes to a ignominious close with Dark Phoenix. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Annlee Ellingson Rocketman [integrates Elton] John's music into the story in a way that reinvigorates the genre and renders his oeuvre insightfully personal. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Annlee Ellingson All [the] family drama is really just a backdrop to the main attraction, which is Godzilla vs. whatever beasts have belched from the bowels of the Earth. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Annlee Ellingson Booksmart is no gender-swapped remake but a funny, moving and, yes, smart coming-of-ager that deserves consideration on its own merits. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Annlee Ellingson The musical doesn't so much reimagine the classic tale as shellack a layer of Hollywood spectacle onto it. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Annlee Ellingson The Souvenir would be indulgent if it didn't feel so darn familiar. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Annlee Ellingson The creativity -- and sheer volume -- of killing in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is breathtaking. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Annlee Ellingson A gritty film noir, which is unexpected and somewhat confusing at first but ultimately no less charming, mostly because Pikachu is still impossibly cute. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Annlee Ellingson The Hustle plays a dirty, rotten trick on moviegoers charmed by the prospect of Anne Hathaway's withering wit paired with Rebel Wilson's physical comedy. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Annlee Ellingson Long Shot advances the schlubby-guy-gets-the-girl trope with a love interest who isn't the most popular girl in school but the aspiring leader of the free world. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Annlee Ellingson This portrait of a young, brash, sometimes difficult dancer ... makes a compelling argument for art and its inherent analogue to freedom. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Annlee Ellingson A sobering, galvanizing tribute to the sprawling franchise and especially the superheroes who anchor it. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Annlee Ellingson Moss delivers a tour de force meltdown - manic and rabid, wildly out of control yet sharp as a tack, with withering monologues by writer-director Alex Ross Perry. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Penguins (2019) Annlee Ellingson The real star is the footage of both the surreal Antarctic landscape and the incredibly intimate moments of Steve and his family. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Annlee Ellingson Its unflinching depiction is so relentless that it sacrifices an emotional response that would make it recommended viewing. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Us (2019) Annlee Ellingson [Jordan Peele's] follow-up Us offers more trenchant commentary embedded in horror-movie tropes. His message this time, though, is more mysterious -- and insidious. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Annlee Ellingson This divorcee with a passion for belting out classic pop tunes and dancing is the star of her own life story, however modest its conflicts and ambitions are. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Annlee Ellingson A new documentary with never-before-seen large-format footage makes the moment as fresh and vital as it was in July 1969. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Greta (2018) Annlee Ellingson A horror movie that grows more bonkers by the minute. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Annlee Ellingson An unabashed anthem about women's self-empowerment, as Vers ... claims not only the full scope of her abilities but the strength that comes from acting from her heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Annlee Ellingson A visual gobsmacker accompanied by some intense action and an earnest, at times moving story about growing up and letting go. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Annlee Ellingson Written and directed by Stephen Merchant with humor and sensitivity, Fighting with My Family is about grit but also about acceptance. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Annlee Ellingson 1 carnival of postapocalyptic world-building and motion-capture technology that infuses a big-eyed, doll-like cyborg with human experience and emotion. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Annlee Ellingson Director Catherine Hardwicke knows to keep the action focused on her star rather some of the more ridiculous plot points. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Arctic (2018) Annlee Ellingson We're given a nearly wordless performance ... in which Mikkelsen masterfully conveys emotion by looking and doing. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Annlee Ellingson Destroyer updates the cop drama by centering it on a woman confronting her past and making herself pay for the consequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Serenity (2019) Annlee Ellingson "Serenity" is not what moviegoers will feel watching the truly bonkers, yet boring thriller starring Matthew McConaughey. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Glass (2019) Annlee Ellingson In lieu of elaborate set pieces and special effects, there's brooding drama on the nature of power delivered at a deliberate pace. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Annlee Ellingson Slickly packaged into a feel-good Hollywood movie. ... Not that there's anything wrong with that. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Annlee Ellingson Just the kind of escapist cinema one might be seeking at the start of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Annlee Ellingson One just has to throw up one's fins and give in to the ridiculousness. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Annlee Ellingson Mary Poppins Returns may not be practically perfect, but it is a loving homage to the 54-year-old musical. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Annlee Ellingson If Beale Street Could Talk is acute social commentary wrapped in a swooning love story. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Annlee Ellingson [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. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Annlee Ellingson A fascinating portrait of how two powerful women manage marriage and children to maintain and expand their reigns. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Annlee Ellingson 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Annlee Ellingson 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 . EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Annlee Ellingson A modern, invigorating portrait of women as powerful as they are flawed. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Roma (2018) Annlee Ellingson Cuarón depicts these small moments with cinematic virtuosity, filming in rich black and white -- the director did his own cinematography -- with long continuous takes. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Creed II (2018) Annlee Ellingson 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Green Book (2018) Annlee Ellingson With its entertaining personalities [and] witty banter ... Green Book [is] a feel-good movie that indeed leaves one feeling good, if conflictedly so. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Widows (2018) Annlee Ellingson Widows is that rare genre movie that demands more -- more from its casting, more from its plot and more from its themes. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Annlee Ellingson A visual and aural feast, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms nonetheless leaves one unsatisfied. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Annlee Ellingson 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Annlee Ellingson A visceral, at times grotesque, ultimately bonkers portrait of female desire -- not for love, but for metaphysical power. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Halloween (2018) Annlee Ellingson 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Annlee Ellingson A biopic about biographer and literary forger Lee Israel that enters the pantheon of painfully acute cinematic portraits of writers. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018