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
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
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