Ella Taylor appears in the following:
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.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The wickedly funny Swedish black comedy follows a family after its patriarch makes a selfish, split-second decision in a time of crisis.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The latest film from the celebrated Studio Ghibli follows a girl far from home who must inevitably return there.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Murray plays a grumpy geezer in this gentle comedy alongside a dialed-back Melissa McCarthy. There's nothing new here, but Murray is the perfect guy to carry the movie's pleasantly ordinary tune.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The drama Lilting follows a grieving mother and her son's left-behind love on a strange trajectory of flawed communication and shared emotion.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Mia Wasikowska takes a long and lonely trek across the Australian desert in a film that leaves her character a bit unformed, but features a strong central performance and a surprising friendship.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play brother and sister in a family drama that takes on the relatively neglected matter of adult siblings and their complex bond.
Friday, September 05, 2014
The animated documentary follows filmmaker Signe Baumane's family as she traces its history of women gifted in art but troubled by depression and psychosis.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
What begins as a World War II weepie quickly morphs into a dark story of separation, brutality and parenting that's far from the current nurturing American model.