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
Like a Boss (2020) Annlee Ellingson Sporadically funny and sloppily constructed. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1917 (2019) Annlee Ellingson The swagger of Mendes' approach echoes and elevates the experience of everyday heroes. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Annlee Ellingson The Force was not with director/co-writer J.J. Abrams, who attacks the franchise with everything he's got, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still misses its target. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Annlee Ellingson Kathy Scruggs is portrayed as seducing fed Tom Shaw. ... The scene is unnecessary and distracting from an otherwise efficient and effective cautionary tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Annlee Ellingson The new roles, along with new environments, keep things entertaining, if the messaging gets a bit muddled. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Annlee Ellingson As steamy and sumptuous as its setting is cold and remote, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a love story born out of the act of looking -- and of being seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Annlee Ellingson Part period biopic, part scientific adventure, part feminist revision, The Aeronauts [is] an airy crowd-pleaser that puts a firecracker female at the center. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Annlee Ellingson As Thanksgiving movies go, Knives Out is a feast of witty performances, clever writing and wicked satire for the whole (13-plus) family. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Annlee Ellingson A beautiful film about the persistent influence of one person who embodies the very best qualities of kindness, empathy and love. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Annlee Ellingson Stunningly beautiful with beloved characters, snappy tunes and grand adventure. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Waves (2019) Annlee Ellingson A sublime achievement on the part of Shults, [with its] integration of theme and form to the delight on cineastes. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Annlee Ellingson A thrilling race car drama with an unconventional depiction of victory and an unflattering portrait of the American carmaker it ostensibly celebrates. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Annlee Ellingson Shia LaBeouf ... stars as a fictionalized version of his own father in a cathartic exercise that's empathetic -- to both himself and his dad -- and poignant. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Annlee Ellingson Doctor Sleep attempts to bridge the opposing visions of the events that transpired at the Overlook Hotel to varying degrees of success. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Parasite (2019) Annlee Ellingson A thriller of the domestic variety -- with a playful sense of humor, startling twists and turns, and keen examination of class. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Annlee Ellingson An artful fever dream of drunken confessions, delirious hallucinations, mermaid sex and farts. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Annlee Ellingson This sixth installment resurrects the heart and soul of the first two films -- namely, Linda Hamilton. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Annlee Ellingson This is how ignorance might be overcome, the film posits - not right away but gradually over time, relationship by relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Annlee Ellingson Ang Lee's latest experiment employs high-tech techniques that make it look cheap and renders a double dose of Will Smith ... trite and humorless. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Judy (2019) Annlee Ellingson With a transformational performance by Renée Zellweger, Judy delivers a loving portrait of a troubled icon in the vulnerable months near the end of her life. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Joker (2019) Annlee Ellingson Joker is certainly an interesting and worthy experiment, bringing a dark, unrelenting nihilism to a genre that's built on morality. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Annlee Ellingson The search for a father, son and possibly holy spirit lies at the heart of Ad Astra, an introspective drama set in the farthest reaches of the solar system. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Annlee Ellingson What starts as a complicated and sophisticated, if deliberate, coming-of-age story awkwardly morphs into an international gangster flick. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Annlee Ellingson A crime drama with a female sensibility -- on the screen, behind the camera and in its nurturing, celebratory tone. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Ms. Purple (2019) Annlee Ellingson A somber, at times ponderous drama about two grown siblings caring for their comatose dad. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Annlee Ellingson An outsized, sometimes unwieldy monster of a movie that taps into viewers' pleasure centers with horror and humor in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Annlee Ellingson A strikingly intimate portrait of a love affair. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Annlee Ellingson What starts as an intriguing conceit played out by compelling actors is ultimately undermined by a muddled conspiracy. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Annlee Ellingson By the time Brittany (spoiler alert) runs a marathon, her journey has become unexpectedly emotional - for her, yes, but also for viewers. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Annlee Ellingson [The Fallen franchise] has been relegated to the dregs of August -- filler until the fall awards season gets going, and deservedly so. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Annlee Ellingson Blanchett gives a tour de force performance. ... Unfortunately, the structure [the film hangs] on struggles to support the character. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Annlee Ellingson By turns heartbreaking and gratifying, their low-stakes journey is presented with high-stakes cues borrowed from action adventures and horror flicks. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Annlee Ellingson With a simple gender swap, After the Wedding turns the Oscar-nominated film of the same name into a powerful dramatic showcase for two tremendously talented actresses. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Annlee Ellingson It's an empowering fantasy. Unfortunately, their rise to power feels a little too facile. And the storytelling lacks flair. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Luce (2019) Annlee Ellingson A sticky tangle of racial politics delivered as a complex psychological thriller with ambiguous villainy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Annlee Ellingson Builds on the crackling chemistry that Johnson and Statham displayed in Fate of the Furious and adds a couple of surprise comedy cameos that make for fun, funny mayhem. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Annlee Ellingson A fascinating document that not only perfectly reflects its subject but inspires reflection in its viewers on the state of broadcast news and the personalities who deliver it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Annlee Ellingson Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood is driven by a master filmmaker fully in control. For the most part, we're gladly along for the ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Annlee Ellingson A powerfully affecting drama about cultural and generational differences and the special relationship between grandmothers and their grandchildren. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Annlee Ellingson At once a stunning technical achievement and a creatively bankrupt endeavor, The Lion King plays like a mashup some editorially gifted fan posted on YouTube. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Annlee Ellingson The Avengers may have reached their Endgame just a couple of months ago, but ... Spider-Man: Far From Home offers some closure. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Annlee Ellingson As enticing as this exercise is, despite its high-profile cast, Ophelia is less a reexamination of the great tragedy than a fleeting curiosity. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Annlee Ellingson The fact that [Yesterday raises] questions speaks to the allure of the premise, which as executed is still an enchanting rom com with a killer soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Annlee Ellingson Buckley, who brings Rose-Lynn's personal motto -- "three chords and the truth" -- to the fore with both her forthright performance and the aching authenticity of her vocals. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Annlee Ellingson One kid's trash is another little girl's treasure - or, in this case, toy ... bringing with him existential angst and affirmation. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
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