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
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
First Man (2018) Annlee Ellingson Part engineering procedural, part domestic drama, with a stunning, almost spiritual climax on the lunar surface. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
22 July (2018) Annlee Ellingson 22 July's dark aesthetic reflects a dark chapter in history -- one that is still being written. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Annlee Ellingson Powerful and moving and thought-provoking stuff in an old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a sensational soundtrack featuring two of the year's breakout performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Annlee Ellingson Robert Redford tips his hat to the outlaws that have helped make him an enduring star as well as his inherent affability that makes him such an endearing one. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Night School (2018) Annlee Ellingson Night School may not deliver straight A's, but the one-two punch of Hart and Haddish aces chemistry. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Annlee Ellingson Witty, acute and unexpected, The Sisters Brothers is a striking portrait of brotherly love -- whether by blood or by circumstance. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Annlee Ellingson A good PG-rated scary movie for the pre-teen set. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Annlee Ellingson The noir mystery gets a sun-dappled update in A Simple Favor, a stylish thriller with a twist (upon twist upon twist). EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018) Annlee Ellingson White Boy Rick is as funny and fun as its marketing suggests, reveling in the swagger of a kid fearlessly slinging with criminals and cops alike -- until it's not. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Annlee Ellingson Sporting a ruby-orange bob and bright polka-dotted outfits, Kusama as she nears 90 has become a pop art icon. Kusama: Infinity shows that she's no flash in the pan. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Peppermint (2018) Annlee Ellingson Peppermint ... is beneath [star Jennifer Garner] - a brutally violent revenge story that fails to pause for any self-reflection. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Kin (2018) Annlee Ellingson A wrinkle in the film's final moments ... sets up a franchise that's ... given this movie's frustrating shortfalls, unlikely to ever see the light of a projector. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Little Stranger (2018) Annlee Ellingson A Gothic romance between a man and a manse, The Little Stranger operates on a slow boil until the spooky goings-on in Hundreds Hall overwhelm its residents. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Annlee Ellingson Happytime aims to be more than this one joke, setting up a hardboiled, if formulaic, plot with characters and relationships with real history and regret. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Searching (2018) Annlee Ellingson The mystery's twists and turns are compelling enough in their own right, but the style with which they're presented elevates the material to incisive commentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018