Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

'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.


From The Traditions Of Melodrama, A Woman Of Resolve

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Immigrant is an echo of midcentury melodramas that have fallen out of fashion, but stars Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix make indelible impressions.


'Walking With The Enemy': An Occupation Poorly Rendered

Sunday, April 27, 2014

While the Nazi occupation of Hungary is a story rich with possibility for storytelling, the ham-handed melodrama Walking With The Enemy is considerably less than it deserves.


'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In 2007, filmmaker John Maloof bought thousands of undeveloped negatives at an auction. Now, he and Charlie Siskel present Finding Vivian Maier, a film about the reclusive woman behind the photos.


It's Either Art Or A Fire Hose, And We're Calling It The Latter

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Critic Ella Taylor says Maladies — a preening art film about a mentally ill ex-actoris a prime specimen of the blossoming sub-genre VBMWJFA, or Very Boring Movie With James Franco Attached.


A Teen On The Hunt, And Maybe In Over Her Head

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In It Felt Like Love, 14-year-old Lila goes looking for love and sex over the course of a hot Brooklyn summer. Critic Ella Taylor says the film is painfully observant. (Recommended)


Sex, Smokes, And Deneuve On The Move

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In a role written specifically for her, screen icon Catherine Deneuve is Bettie, a woman in crisis who abruptly leaves her provincial French restaurant for a road trip around the country.


A Legacy Of War, Hitting Home Decades Later In Norway

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Berlin wall has fallen, and a middle-aged Norwegian woman finds her idyllic life coming unmoored as secrets rooted in World War II come to light.


Another Monster Mother, But Hey, She Means Well

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Romanian entry in the foreign-film Oscar category turns on a nouveau-riche mother who maneuvers ruthlessly to shield her no-account son from charges he kills a teen in a car crash.


Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A frustrated would-be poet (Emma Roberts) takes the first steps beyond her suburban comfort zone, exploring L.A.'s artsy fringe in the company of a drag queen and a washed-up practitioner of her own chosen form.


The Holocaust Recalled, Again, Through The Eyes Of 'The Unjust'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, known for his long and thorough examinations of the Holocaust and its memory, presents a series of 1975 conversations between himself and exiled Jewish elder Benjamin Murmelstein. (Recommended).


On Campus, Two Weary Souls Find A Spark To Kindle

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At Middleton is far from the first film to make use of either the brief-encounter or the college-transition dramatic tropes — but sisters Vera and Taissa Farmiga in fine form, the film breathes some new life into the genre.


Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sebastian Lelio's latest film, Gloria, is a celebration of its title character, an older single woman looking for life and love in a modernized Chile more focused on individual rights than on familial obligations. (Recommended)