Ella Taylor appears in the following:
Thursday, April 16, 2015
To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
This drama about the woman who sued to recover a famous painting taken from her family is miscast, but it still manages to tell a moving populist tale of the power of one determined person.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Celebrated director Wim Wenders tells the story of photographer Sebastio Salgado, whose essays on human tragedy have attracted both praise and criticism.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Working in at least a little lower key than usual, Al Pacino plays an aging singer opposite a charming and practical woman played by Annette Bening.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The west coast studio musicians behind some of the best music of the '60s and '70s have rarely been recognized, but a new documentary aims to set that right.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Patricia Clarkson stars in a disappointing tale of a grieving woman who happens to find a gorgeous young guy with a bullet hole in him in the middle of her elegant cabin floor.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Marc Lawrence's agreeable but ho-hum comedy brings the stammering, comfortable romcom version of its lead actor farther still from the more adventurous work he once did.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
As the new film follows the story of arduous work behind a ballet premiere, it avoids divas and tempers and focuses on the collaborative work that produces art.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The coming-of-age drama about a black teenager in a poor Paris suburb takes some unexpected turns, but struggles to define why they progress as they do.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Xavier Dolan's tale of a troubled relationship between mother and son was Canada's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film, and it pulses with energy despite its close calls with single-mother cliches.
Friday, January 02, 2015
Andrey Zvyagintsev's story of corruption in post-Soviet Russia won funding from the Ministry Of Culture, but his picture of his homeland is unsettling.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Critic Ella Taylor says her favorite film of 2014 is a three-hour Turkish drama about people in caves. But, she says, don't leave just yet.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."
Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Norwegian thriller follows divers deep beneath the sea, where powerful forces above drive those trapped together to question nearly every aspect of their experience.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jennifer Kent's genre-bending horror film gives brave voice to the fury of many mothers and continues a tradition of Australian women unafraid of explorations of fear.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The documentary Monk With A Camera follows Nicholas Vreeland, born to New York socialites, who has been a Buddhist monk for decades.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones play two very different people taking a dangerous trip across the arid plains in a beautifully photographed film.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in a grimly exploitative, unpleasant thriller about a woman whose memory is wiped overnight, every night.