Annlee Ellingson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 61% Gerry (2003) A bold experiment from three men who don't have to take on this challenge but are driven to by their creative spirit.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
5/5 75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) The interest in "Eyes Wide Shut," then, should be less in its supposed subject matter than in Kubrick's masterful filmmaking.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
5/5 56% Northfork (2003) One of the most hauntingly beautiful films ever made.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2003
5/5 73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) The film is so intellectually complex, so stimulating, that multiple viewings are required -- perhaps a calculated move on the Wachowskis' part for one of the most anticipated films of the year, if not the era.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2003
5/5 94% Touching the Void (2004) Few films have portrayed the resiliency of the human spirit with the stark realism of Touching the Void.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2004
5/5 90% Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004) It's ultimately Kelly's inventive storytelling and the myriad of complex themes he explores that capture one's imagination and, in this reviewer's case, re-ignite one's passion for the medium.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2004
5/5 83% The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) An achievement that will define Salles' career.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2004
4/4 60% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) ...Liman continues to reinvigorate the action-thriller genre with verité-esque handheld camerawork and innovative fight choreography.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2005
9.5/10 94% Stories We Tell (2013) With Stories We Tell, actress-turned-director Sarah Polley has proven herself a consummate filmmaker, transforming an incredible personal story into a playful and profound investigation into the nature of storytelling itself.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
9.2/10 90% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) A stellar sequel and a crackerjack middle chapter: revisiting what's to love about the original, upping the ante and promising even more to come.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
9.1/10 76% A Late Quartet (2012) Smart writing, moving performances and of course a lovely soundtrack coalesce into an intimate cinematic gem.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2012
9.1/10 94% All Is Lost (2013) The human drive to survive is what fuels this story of resilience and perseverance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
4.5/5 64% The Shape Of Things (2002) Rudd's performance is a fearless one -- he's not afraid to be goofy or dorky.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4.5/5 77% The Machinist (2004) Bale's brilliance in the role lies not only in the fact that he starved himself for months but that he fully inhabits this wasted, paranoid man.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2004
4.5/5 75% Superman Returns (2006) All of these elements -- the casting, cinematography, design and score -- ultimately serve Singer's greatest achievement, which is the storytelling.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2006
4.5/5 93% Enchanted (2007) A delightful family-friendly holiday confection.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2008
9/10 81% Europa Report (2013) With echoes of 2001, Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, Europa Report is riveting low-budget hard science fiction -- i.e., emphasizing the science rather than the speculative.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
8.9/10 86% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) Gorgeously animated, with rich color scapes and detailed mise-en-scène, Goro Miyazaki's sophomore outing incorporates lovely, introspective imagery of, say, a cloud passing in front of the moon or smokestacks shot at a steep angle.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2013
8.9/10 95% Blancanieves (2013) A visual feast, a musical masterpiece and a heartbreaking romance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2013
8.9/10 89% The World's End (2013) For all their horsing around, the truth is Wright is an accomplished filmmaker who embeds story in the very mechanics of cinema.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
8.8/10 78% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) In a bold follow-up to his controversially rated, critically lauded Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance continues his exploration of family ties with The Place Beyond the Pines.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2013
8.8/10 79% Don Jon (2013) Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an assured debut as a writer-director with Don Jon, a cultural critique of the expectations placed on relationships in an environment saturated with media misrepresentations of both women and men.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 89% Dig! (2004) Director/producer Ondi Timoner captures some fantastically outrageous footage.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2004
3.5/4 75% Cars (2006) After a half-dozen feature films -- not one flop among them -- Lassater and his team certainly know how to construct a story.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2006
8.7/10 94% The Gatekeepers (2013) Moreh has assembled a thorough, evenhanded and fascinating examination of people and operations straight out of a spy novel.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2013
8.6/10 92% After Tiller (2013) Compelling, revealing [its] subjects as sympathetic human beings simply by observing and talking to them about their work and their lives.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
8.5/10 91% Our Nixon (2013) As fascinating as this peek into daily life at the Nixon White House is, the real power of Our Nixon is its poignant insight into how the impeachable situation unfolded within the president's inner circle.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
8.4/10 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) Garlin's second feature is consistently sweet, funny and smart. Keep it up.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2013
8.2/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) Joe Wright, reuniting with his Pride & Prejudice and Atonement leading lady Keira Knightley, has found a fresh take, shooting Tom Stoppard's script with a metaphoric and highly stylized theatricality.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
8.2/10 89% The Angels' Share (2013) The Angels' Share is a stellar bit of activist cinema with a light touch.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2013
8.1/10 57% Stuck in Love (2013) [Boone's] semiautobiographical film is a confident, at times wonderfully nuanced, and often well-paced rewrite of his own parents' divorce.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2013
4/5 85% Rain (2001) Lindberg demonstrates a remarkable sense of place, a keen understanding that emotions are boiled into a concentrate, not diluted, in the rural setting.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2002
4/5 87% Home Movie (2001) More than their unique residences, Home Movie is about the people who live in them, who have carved their own comfortable niche in the world and have been kind enough to share it.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2002
4/5 81% One Hour Photo (2002) Not since American Beauty has a film so effectively skewered the American Dream.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2002
4/5 69% American Psycho (2000) Really brilliant in the way it takes the viewer inside Bateman's world.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 53% Love Liza (2002) Hoffman's performance is authentic to the core of his being.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 84% Narc (2002) Carnahan ... revisits the crime drama, breathing new life into it with style and grit.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2002
4/5 30% Teknolust (2002) An achievement in digital filmmaking that Leeson's peers will be hard-pressed to emulate.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2002
4/5 91% Whale Rider (2003) An exquisite film that sensitively captures the noble spirit of [the New Zealanders] -- and their humor.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2003
4/5 94% American Splendor (2003) Part biopic, part documentary, part comic-book adaptation, the film is a hybrid film unlike any other.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4/5 70% Off the Map (2003) The main character here is an acute sense of place -- a place where one hunts for food but never for sport; where the only sounds are owls hooting in stereo; and where greater purpose is not defined by work but by art.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4/5 94% The Station Agent (2003) Rarely has friendship -- honest, genuine friendship -- been portrayed so truthfully, with the gentle humor that belies real intimacy.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4/5 43% The Event (2003) The Event's greatest strength is the quiet way in which it depicts the ravages of the virus.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4/5 79% Owning Mahowny (2003) Hoffman brings this incredibly reserved character to vivid life.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
4/5 84% Pieces of April (2003) Utterly charming from its opening scene and touching to the end.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 7, 2003
4/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) Colorful and entertaining for kids and witty enough to engage adults.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2003
4/5 34% The United States of Leland (2004) Fast proving to be the most talented actor of his generation, Ryan Gosling gives an achingly sensitive performance as Leland P. Fitzgerald.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2003
4/5 90% My Flesh and Blood (2003) The audience witnesses not only the incredible humor and joy and confidence that [Susan] has instilled in her children and the unanticipated turmoil the clan.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2003
4/5 92% Super Size Me (2004) This reviewer, for one, hasn't been back to the Golden Arches since seeing the film.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2004
4/5 82% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) A smart thriller for a smart audience.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2004