Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.


'Beatriz At Dinner' Skewers A House Full Of Well-Off Guests

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White collaborate on a film featuring Salma Hayek as a healer who finds herself at a very uncomfortable meal.


A Marriage Struggles To The Beat Of 'Band Aid'

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally star in an ambling but insightful comedy about a couple that uses music to stop fighting.


Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bryan Cranston plays a man who settles in to spy on his own family in Wakefield, a story with roots going all the way back to Nathaniel Hawthorne.


An Orthodox Bride Makes An Unorthodox Decision In 'The Wedding Plan'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor loved this "beautiful and beguiling" tale of a Tel Aviv woman determined to let God provide her a last-minute groom.


An Israeli Couple Haltingly Navigate Grief Over 'One Week And A Day'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

They've lost their son. The shiva is over. Now, Eyal (Shai Avivi) and Vicky (Jenya Dodina) "veer off on separate tracks of crazed non-coping" says critic Ella Taylor.


Amid Mass Slaughter, A Love Triangle Takes Shape In 'The Promise'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Director Terry George's historical drama about three people swept up in the 1915 massacre of Armenians lacks subtlety and sophistication, but features powerful, visceral imagery.


'A Quiet Passion' Dazzles Gradually

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Filmmaker Terence Davies has found his ideal subject with this Emily Dickinson biopic, and a fiery performance by Cynthia Nixon challenges notions of the poet as a dour recluse.


'Your Name' Goes There: Teens Switch Bodies In Charming, Dreamlike Romance

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor says this quirky love story "shimmers with the magic of a fairy tale" yet "has its feet firmly planted on the ground of Japan's past and present."


In The Documentary 'Karl Marx City,' A Grim But Enlightening Homecoming

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A filmmaker returns to the former East Germany to uncover family secrets and explore how life behind the Berlin Wall traded on civilian informants and an insidious collective obedience.


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.