Ella Taylor appears in the following:
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The documentary follows the life, career and recent re-emergence of musician and riot grrrl, Kathleen Hanna, from her beginnings with Bikini Kill to her latest venture, The Julie Ruin.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Bettie Page Reveals All explores the life and lasting legacy of the 1950s pinup queen. The documentary features interviews from Page's friends, fans, lovers — and the sensation herself, interviewed just before her death.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
In 2008, documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) started a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback. When the bike racer at last confessed to doping, The Armstrong Lie ended up as a chronicle of his fall from grace.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The corporate thriller, from director Costa-Gavras (Z), is based the 2008 banking crisis and follows a French banker (Gad Elmaleh) as he navigates the world of international finance and intrigue. (Recommended)
Friday, September 06, 2013
Director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) reunites with Your Sister's Sister co-star Rosemarie DeWitt for the tale of a Seattle massage therapist who develops a sudden aversion to touching people. Josh Pais, Ellen Page and Allison Janney round out the cast.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Adapted by scripter Christopher Hampton from a Doris Lessing novella, the sand-and-surfy soap Adore centers on two Aussie friends (Robin Wright, Naomi Watts) who get into all kinds of trouble with each other's adolescent sons. Critic Ella Taylor says ... well, she pretty much says "Harrumph."
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Two former lovers find themselves on an accused terrorist's legal team in a surveillance-state thriller that goes a little too far to be credible — at least, that is, if it's really meant as a caution against the excesses of a security-obsessed Establishment.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Co-workers in a Chicago brewery teeter on the edge of romance in this mumblecore-ish film starring Olivia Wilde (Thirteen from House M.D.). Even a trip to Costa Rica and copious amounts of beer can't animate a rambling plot.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The comedy Austenland rightly pokes fun at Americans' ideas about the British, says critic Ella Taylor. She says the line between high and low culture in England has always been a bit hazy.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The only virtues of this lumbering farce are those of the much livelier novel from which it's adapted. Critic Ella Taylor says an affectionate needle in the side of the Jane Austen industry — and the hordes of Darcy-mad Americans it caters to — has become a clunky, tone-deaf broadside.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Perseus "Percy" Jackson, the dyslexic New York City-born son of Poseidon, returns for a second round of mythologically inspired mayhem in Sea of Monsters. Critic Ella Taylor says Rick Riordan's young-readers franchise makes for perfectly enjoyable summer-film fodder. (Recommended)
Friday, August 02, 2013
Inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, Our Children centers on a manipulative father who has made his family prisoners to a kind of domineering benevolence. (Recommended)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Two documentarians remember a time when Jewish comics could count on the resorts of the Borscht Belt to provide a proving ground — and an informal curriculum — as they pushed to find a broad audience without abandoning their roots in vaudeville and Yiddish theater.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Emanuele Crialese, who made 2002's Respiro, is back with a timely entry from a genre of filmmaking that seemed to fizzle out after the mid-1950s. Terraferma, a loving study in neo-realism, is set off the coast of Italy and packed with ecstatic imagery. (Recommended)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Woody Allen's latest is a by-the-numbers number — though it may very well be redeemed by a dynamic Cate Blanchett as a damaged woman poised between stasis and hysteria.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
A new Kristen Wiig vehicle is a likable but warmed-over comedy about reconnecting with the whack-job family you thought was holding you back. Critic Ella Taylor says Wiig's characterization of the title character is a whit too familiar to be much of a win.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mumblecore purveyor Andrew Bujalski dives into the world of early computer nerddom with Computer Chess, a quirky, grungy, formally playful comedy about man vs. machine — with a late-breaking twist. (Recommended)
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The latest movie take on the New American Family: Our kids are all right — or they would be, if all us idiosyncratic grownups stopped acting like stoked toddlers and got with the program. Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell anchor a cheerfully profane coming-of age dramedy.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Fans of Almodovar's lighter classics, like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! may like the vibrant energy of I'm So Excited! — but critic Ella Taylor says some will miss the soul of his more complicated love letters to Hollywood's maternal melodramas.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Inspired by the seizure of several Danish vessels in the last decade, Tobias Lindholm's film is about the excruciating process of getting to "yes" when language is the least of the barriers between two very different mindsets.