Behind The Lens

Behind The Lens is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Debbie Lynn Elias
Rating Title/Year Author
Gemini Man (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias There are three major components of Gemini Man. The story itself. The lensing in HFR-3D. The de-aging of Will Smith. And there's Mary Elizabeth Winstead kicking ass and taking names! EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Judy (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Hand Renee Zellweger the Best Actress Oscar now! A tour de force performance. Production values sparkle and shine and do the heavy metaphoric emotional lifting, with no production element more outstanding than Ole Bratt Birkeland's cinematography. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Inside Game (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias [I]t's Will Sasso who owns this film. He is the game-winner here. The first third of the film is driven by Sasso and his performance and energy as Baba. Upbeat, happy, fun-loving. He sets the initial tone of the film and draws us into this triumvirate. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Life Support (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Casting is superb. Production values are excellent. [Larry] Clarke knows this story, he knows the characters, he knows his audience...Clarke knew when to step back and say "enough is enough" and just let 3 Days With Dad live and laugh. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Depraved (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias [Larry] Fessenden delivers not only the most thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating film of his storied career, but the most visually and emotionally expressive. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Replace (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias A fascinating, thought-provoking blend of science and sci-fi, [Norbert Keil] and cinematographer [Tim Peter] Kuhn play on the concept of beauty and create the most exquisite visuals serving as a dichotomous metaphor to the story at hand. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Compelling is with analysis of Lucian and Sarsgaard's controlled and methodical portrayal of him; it's as if he is modulating himself and his life through sound, forcing it into a specific pitch rather than experience all of the notes of the universe. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Exhilaration and excitement, emotion and empathy...Emotion and what makes a man tick...Empathy in understanding that man beyond the surface. And as for exhilaration and excitement? It's Gerard Butler. It's Mike Banning. It's a Ric Roman Waugh film. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
American Bistro (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias All the ingredients are here for a tasty indie gem. But while some of those ingredients more than satisfy the senses, it's the overall recipe for American Bistro that needed some adjustment and taste-testing before presentation. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Skin (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Intense. Visceral. Brutal. Skin is an indelible character study of a man at a crossroads wanting a different life...[from] a world filled with hatred, racism, and violence. Jamie Bell delivers what may well be the performance of his career. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Visuals aside (and they are unparalleled), the truly outstanding aspect of The Lion King is not only Hans Zimmer's score but the orchestration and arrangement of and lush... gives the film a true sense of majesty. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Wry, dry, deadpan humor ... The Dead Don't Die is witty, wild, and weirdly fun... And while Jarmusch is typically an acquired taste, the fun and familiarity of zombie tropes makes for a tasty treat for all fans of this undying genre. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Refreshing and engaging with beauteous award-worthy production values and solid performances led by Daisy Ridley, Ophelia is a visionary reimagination for our times. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Leave it to Ron Howard to craft a portrait of Luciano Pavarotti that is as exquisitely told and emotionally beauteous as Pavarotti's own voice. Pavarotti is, in a word, Bellisimo! EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
Immortals (2011) Debbie Lynn Elias Immortals is not just a high-octane, explosively visceral fantasy blending elements of ancient history with Greek mythology. It comes together under a single vision celebrating Tarsem Singh's renowned visual palette and styling. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias [An] emotionally charged visual memoir through time, catapulting us into the emotional fray of a woman trying to discover (or invent) herself and her passions. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias In true Hitchcockian style, the monsters here are more frightening than ever thanks to an award-worthy, insanely brilliant performance by Dennis Quaid. . . a film 'Taylor-made' to be seen with an audience always ready for a good scream and a good scare. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Scary Stories (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias [An] insightful, fascinating, and entertaining documentary, Scary Stories is a 'must see' for the horror fan and fans of the 'Scary Stories' books! EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
Princess of the Row (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias Led by a breakout performance from Taylor Buck, Princess of the Row shines a unique light on homelessness, mental illness, PTSD, veterans affairs, poverty, foster care. . .Our eyes, and our hearts, are opened to the humanity of the less fortunate. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias In true Hitchcockian fashion, Everybody Knows is an absorbing film filled with twists and turns and the mesmerizing ambiguity of "who dunnit". EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Debbie Lynn Elias A refreshing take on the psychological horror genre, subverting genre tropes to deliver a nail-biting, seat-jumping jaunt with a story that mines the relationship of self-doubt, leading to revelations about the truth of oneself and strength of character. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias [Rob]Marshall doesn't rely on the past to carry the film and thanks to vibrant performances and musical numbers sets his own standard of storytelling excellence. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Bird Box (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Screenwriter Eric Heisserer and director Susanne Bier deliver a tension-building thriller that bodes not only one of the most exquisite cinematic payoffs but one of the most powerful emotional journeys of a single character to come along in many a day. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Sumptuous in both visual and historical texture and context while delivering a telling character study. . .MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is glorious and epic in its scope while captivating with intricate emotional nuances of each woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
Outlaw King (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Be Robert the Bruce an outlaw or a king, OUTLAW KING is a grand and glorious telling. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Blood Stripe (2016) Debbie Lynn Elias An emotionally intense film. . . A strong and well crafted, yet nuanced script, the tacit commentary on PTSD and the lack of proper services and assistance to returning soldiers speaks sensitively and loudly. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
American Assassin (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias Intense! Engrossing! Enthralling! Riveting! Edge of your seat intrigue! This is the stuff from which spy movies and action thrillers are made! What a ride! AMERICAN ASSASSIN is non-stop heart-pounding exhilaration and suspense! EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
In Search of Fellini (2016) Debbie Lynn Elias Much like a Fellini film, we see humanity and life under unique lenses which just strengthen our own individual journeys and examinations of our own human condition and the idea of daring to dream. MAGNIFICO! BELLISIMO! MAGICO! EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Breathe (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias BREATHE makes you want to do more than just breathe. It makes you want to live. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
LBJ (2016) Debbie Lynn Elias LBJ is an eye-opening and sensitive look at a man who looked everyone in the eye and fought with conviction and respect to bring a nation together during one of its darkest moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Destined (2016) Debbie Lynn Elias Examining the cause and effect of a moment in time, the path not taken or road less traveled, and/or even the idea of a parallel universe, and above all, free will and choice, Qasim Basir delivers DESTINED, one of the most powerful films of the year . . . EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias This is the stuff of which tears, tissues, and awards are made . . . and willy nilly silly old bears. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Molly's Game (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias What a riveting - and fun - film! A cinematic royal flush! EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
All the Money in the World (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias The problem with ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD comes with the editing. Although serviceable, we essentially have three stories, but the connective tissue is missing to make it feel cohesive, with pacing and fluidity failing to ratchet up any tension. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias It's impossible not to be riveted and spellbound by the beauty of man versus Mother Nature. . .and himself. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias With the prowess and stealth of a jungle cat, BLACK PANTHER pounces into the Marvel canon with exhilarating, action-packed, edge of your seat excitement and entertainment! EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias With THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, Johannes Roberts delivers an edge-of-your-seat, tension-filled experience. . .Bailee Madison's performance is rich with maturity, depth, and nail-biting intensity. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Employing the "Screenlife" cinematic language, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB is in more than capable hands with writer and first-time feature director Stephen Susco as he delivers a truly terrifying moviegoing experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Shock and Awe (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias SHOCK AND AWE is an absolute"Must See"! In this day and age of "fake news" hysteria generated by our political leaders, SHOCK AND AWE is the shot in the arm that legitimate journalists need, not to mention what the public needs to see. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Mile 22 (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias At the top of the directorial ladder with his patented "combat cinema" stylization, with MILE 22 Peter Berg delivers a film that is entertaining when it comes to action, but unfortunately, falls short with character development and substantive story. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is THE cinematic experience of the year! A fully sensory explosion of movies and music and mastery. Rami Malek is transcendent and beyond Oscar-worthy. And if an Oscar were to be given for casting, hand it to Susie Figgis now. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Upgrade (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Can we just say it? Whannell WOWS! UPGRADE is a mind-blowing cinematic experience, not only as a high-polish visual stunner with lush production design, but with a story that is conceptually exciting and fascinating. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias Pure Enchantment! A Magical Delight! Sweeter than "Hunny"! This is the stuff of which memories and magic are made. This is the Force of Winnie the Pooh and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Colette (2018) Debbie Lynn Elias In the hands of director Wash Westmoreland and Keira Knightley, COLETTE comes to life. She is a vibrant force that goes beyond the cinematic canvas and thanks to a light touch makes Colette's story all the more appealing, welcoming, and resonant. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Davi's Way (2017) Debbie Lynn Elias Technically polished with beautiful cinematography and brisk editing, DAVI'S WAY spans the course of a year with the planning of "The Event", the backdrop for the story that is really being told; that of Robert Davi, the singer. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018