Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

A Frustrating Love Letter In 'Monk With A Camera'

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.


In 'The Homesman,' A Most Unromantic American West

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.


'Before I Go To Sleep' Is An Amnesia Thriller You'll Hope To Forget

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.


In 'Force Majeure,' Society Crumbles Under An Avalanche

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.


Beauty And Loss In 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya'

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The latest film from the celebrated Studio Ghibli follows a girl far from home who must inevitably return there.


Bill Murray Doesn't Do Much, But He Does It So Well In 'St. Vincent'

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.


Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

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.


'Lilting' Traces A Mother's Grief, In Imperfect Language

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.


Crossing The Desert, Making 'Tracks'

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.


Getting Each Other And The Bonds Of 'The Skeleton Twins'

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.


In 'Rocks In My Pockets,' A Family History Of Depression And Art

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.


'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

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.


'Land Ho!' Takes An Agreeable Stroll Through Familiar And Unfamiliar Terrain

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The light travel picture follows two friends through a series of adventures that aren't surprising, exactly, but that have significant simple pleasures to offer.


Trudging Uphill With Two Men And The Weight Of History

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The new film Beyond the Edge follows the Everest trek of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay — and raises questions about how mountaineering has and hasn't changed.


A Not-Quite-Satisfying Look At A Notorious Career In Crime

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Director Joe Berlinger dives into the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, convicted of a pile of crimes and sentenced in 2013. Unfortunately, not every question seems to be asked with the same urgency.


'The Last Sentence': A Man Making History, But Made By It As Well

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A biographical portrait of the man who urged Sweden to heed the dangers posed by Hitler wisely resists the urge to divide us into gods and monsters.


'Burning Bush' Finds The Fuel For A Desperate Act

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the historical drama Burning Bush, oppression becomes the engine driving revolt — including a student's shocking decision to set himself on fire.


Bringing A Book Phenomenon To The Screen, With Sadly Ordinary Results

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The film adaptation of John Green's fine young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars unfortunately fails to bring to life what made the book so compelling.


'Maleficent' Tells The Fairy Tale From The Wicked One's Perspective

Friday, May 30, 2014

Maleficent shifts the spotlight away from the sweet, beautiful heroine and rehabilitates the most maligned figure in the fairy tale canon. Recommended


Love Blooms In Midlife, But Halfheartedly

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The good news is that there are multiple new films following the arrival of love for mature adults. The bad news is that they're not very satisfying.