Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

A Family Struggles To Connect In The Rueful, Richly Detailed 'After The Storm'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a stalled writer's attempts to make peace with his extended family is a quiet and meticulously wrought character study.


An Unexamined Life, Examined And Re-Examined: 'The Sense Of An Ending'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

An unsparing, unsentimental Julian Barnes novel gets a straightforward treatment — and a tacked-on, falsely redemptive ending — in Ritesh Batra's film.


A Self-Destructive Dad Gambles With His Son's Future In The Drama 'Wolves'

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor admires the performances, but says director Bart Freundlich's latest is a "modestly pleasing, unsurprising indie about a family undone by anger issues."


3 Teenage Outsiders Navigate Friendship And Desire In 'As You Are'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An intimate portrait of high school friends caught up in the aftermath of a violent incident places us inside their heads with sensitivity and restraint.


'A United Kingdom': A Tense Political Thriller Marred By A Dull Love Story

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Director Amma Assante's film about the backroom gamesmanship that led to the birth of a new African nation grows "vigorous and sharp" once it gets past its lead characters' cliche-ridden courtship.


'Youth In Oregon' Follows A Fractious Family On A Bittersweet Road Trip

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Frank Langella is an aging, stoic patriarch determined to end his life in this uneven but effective cross-country comedy-drama.


Fool's 'Gold': As An '80s Huckster, McConaughey Outshines The Film Around Him

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Matthew McConaughey gained weight and lost hair to throw himself into this tale of a real-life stock-market swindle. The film aches for us to admire his reckless, grasping selfishness; we don't.


In 'Staying Vertical,' A Writer Gets Drawn Into The Sexual Life Of A Small Village

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The latest film by writer/director Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is a brutally frank meditation on polymorphous carnality in rural southern France.


'100 Streets' Tells Familiar Stories That Cross Race, Class And Generational Lines

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Idris Elba stars in a London-set ensemble drama our critic calls "soapy, rote stuff," but it's representative of the new generation of filmmakers taking Britain's multiracial society as their subject.


'Neruda' Affectionately Dismantles The Myth Surrounding The Chilean Poet

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Director Pablo Larrain digs beneath the poetry to offer a warm, humorous and revealing biopic of Pablo Neruda, neatly avoiding the genre's tendency to lionize its subjects.


Sex And Death, Shot Through A Colorful Lens: Almodovar's 'Julieta'

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pedro Almodovar brings his lush visual exuberance to this adaptation of three Alice Munro stories marked by spare, interior struggles. The odd fusion results in a surprisingly quiet, somber film.


An Old-School Hollywood Musical That's In Love With Hollywood: 'La La Land'

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Director Damien Chazelle follows up Whiplash, his 2014 study in musical masochism, with a romantic musical full of catchy ditties and vibrant colors.


A Parisian Woman's Tightly Woven Sense Of Self Begins To Unravel In 'Things To Come'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

In this rigorously observed French drama, Isabelle Huppert delivers a searing performance. "In Huppert," says critic Ella Taylor, "deadpan meets tumult wreaking havoc within."


Teen Comedy 'The Edge Of Seventeen' Is Razor-Sharp

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A sharp-tongued young woman weathers the sundry mortifications of teenage life in a film from first-time writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig.


Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' Is A Brutal, Elegant, Pitch-Black Comedy

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Director Verhoeven gleefully courts controversy with this bitterly sardonic film about the aftermath of a woman's violent rape.


'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple whose interracial marriage propels them to the forefront of the civil rights movement — and to the U.S. Supreme Court.


A Melancholy Youth Finds Himself Under The Heavenly Glow Of 'Moonlight'

Thursday, October 20, 2016

In Barry Jenkins' incandescent coming-of-age tale, three different actors cover three phases in the life of an African-American who takes a wayward path into manhood.


'Certain Women' Confront The Uncertain Future With Quiet Desperation — And Resolve

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In this triptych of films inspired by the short stories of Maile Meloy, director Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff) focuses on women striving to escape their prescribed roles.


High School Sweethearts Reconnect, And Reopen Old Wounds, In 'Blue Jay'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Sarah Paulson brings old-fashioned movie star charisma to this intimate two-character film that comes alive when the camera captures the emotions that flicker across her face from scene to scene.


A Grouch Gradually Grows Grudgingly Grateful In 'A Man Called Ove'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Swedish curmudgeon slowly comes to accept the help of his neighbors in this familiar, crowd-pleasing film shot through with bracing moments of dark comedy.