Ella Taylor appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Director Verhoeven gleefully courts controversy with this bitterly sardonic film about the aftermath of a woman's violent rape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Our critic Ella Taylor loves this "generous, candid" sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, in which the now 40-something Bridget willfully faces down new professional and romantic challenges.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
In a British film based on an award-winning 2011 stage musical, a suburban community is riven by paranoia in the wake of the murder of five sex workers.