Ella Taylor appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Critic Ella Taylor says Maladies — a preening art film about a mentally ill ex-actor — is a prime specimen of the blossoming sub-genre VBMWJFA, or Very Boring Movie With James Franco Attached.
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)
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.
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.
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.