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Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

A Maternal Melodrama Unfolds Around An Unusual Girl In 'Viktoria'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A dictator commandeers and pampers a young girl in Maya Vitkova's boldly visceral fairy tale.

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Finally, Some Justice For Busybody Moms In 'The Meddler'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne play mother and daughter in a story that, for once, recognizes that there's a solid argument to be made for a mom who gives, if anything, too much of herself.

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'Our Last Tango': A Dance Movie With A Personal Storm At Its Center

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Argentina's premier tango couple is the subject of an ambitiously structured film that mixes dance with the story of a relationship that was both passionate and problematic.

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'Standing Tall' Tells Of Troubled Kids And Those Who Try To Help Them

Friday, April 01, 2016

Emmanuelle Bercot's sympathetic drama follows a young man who encounters a variety of well-meaning allies, including a judge played by Catherine Deneuve.

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'Lolo' Is A Comedy Of Female Bad Manners

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Julie Delpy directed and co-wrote the film in which she stars as a woman whose son is determined to break up her relationship with her new boyfriend.

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A Family Holiday And A Familiar Face

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Director Trey Edward Shults expands his highly praised short into Krisha, a film drawn in part from his own family's story — and starring some of his relatives as well as himself.

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Reichardt's 'River Of Grass' Reissued: A First Film At A Fast Pace

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A reissue of the 1994 first film from director Kelly Reichardt shows that her talent for transforming cheerless landscapes into backdrops for soulful journeys can be delivered with humor, too.

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The Ordinary World Shares Space With Ghosts, Spirits And 'Splendor'

Friday, March 04, 2016

In Cemetery of Splendor, a new film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, an older Thai woman, Jen, is led around the grounds of a ramshackle building in provincial Thailand by an ecstatic young psychic named Keng. As they move about, we see only piles of dead leaves and old or broken statues, ...

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'Race' Brings Jesse Owens And The 1936 Olympics To The Screen

Friday, February 19, 2016

For a while Race, a handsomely mounted drama about a pivotal moment in the life of track star Jesse Owens, bowls along as a crisp, if conventional, account of a black athlete who triumphs over poverty and racism to get the gold. An unprecedented four gold medals to be precise, ...

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A Family Fixer Struggles To Stay Afloat In 'Glassland'

Thursday, February 11, 2016

In one of several lovely grace notes in Glassland, a domestic drama from Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett, a handsome young man hands his pretty mother a glass of white wine. They clink, they chug, he watches fondly as she dances alone, they slow-dance together. The sequence is touching rather than ...

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After 40 Long Years, A Cold Winter For Estranged Brothers

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Icelandic film Rams is about two grizzled farmers who enjoy unusually warm relationships with their sheep. Expect no nudges or winks: Though it's amply salted with dry wit, the movie is a heartfelt inquiry into why two brothers who live side by side have not spoken in 40 years. ...

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'Mojave': At Least The Desert Is Good-Looking

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In the insufferably arch neo-noir Western Mojave, Garrett Hedlund — a vision in sexy boots, artfully disheveled tresses and a morose green gaze — ventures into the desert, there to brood on his depraved, deprived life as a Hollywood director of note. Having crashed his car, Thomas lights a fire, ...

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'The Benefactor' Finds A Wealthy Man Emotionally Broke

Thursday, January 14, 2016

If nothing else The Benefactor, an absorbing if uneven psychological drama from writer-director Andrew Renzi, provides Richard Gere with a liberating opportunity to come on like Al Pacino. As Franny, a wealthy Philadelphia philanthropist without boundaries who gets his way through hysterical giving, Gere throws himself around with overbearing flamboyance, ...

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A Marriage Upended In '45 Years'

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In 2011, the British director Andrew Haigh made Weekend, an achingly wistful chamber piece about a lifetime of unfulfilled longing poured into a brief encounter between two very different gay men. Weekend comes highly recommended, as does Haigh's new film, 45 Years, which also spans a few days, here slogged ...

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A Beautifully Drawn Journey With 'Boy And The World'

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The lively little fellow we meet in the Brazilian film Boy and the World has a circle for a head topped with three goofy hairs, two vertical slits for eyes, a striped tee-shirt and black shorts. That's it, but he contains multitudes, and this lovely animated poem to migrant labor ...

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Maggie Smith Excels As 'The Lady In The Van'

Thursday, December 03, 2015

In the early 1970s, an elderly homeless woman who called herself Miss Shepherd parked her decrepit van in the London driveway of British playwright Alan Bennett. Bennett had invited her, ambivalently and with every expectation she'd leave before long. She stayed for 15 years, and The Lady in the Van, ...

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'Janis: Little Girl Blue' Goes Beyond Cliches Of A Sad Childhood

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rocker docs lie thick on the ground these days, most of them landlocked in a tired arc of childhood stress, rapid rise to stardom filled with drugs and debauchery followed by decline and, for those who survive, extravagant rue-ing the day. And given the short, sharp life of Janis Joplin, ...

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Women In Love In The Ravishing 'Carol'

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Like his 2002 melodrama Far from Heaven, which it resembles in all sorts of good ways, Todd Haynes' Carol opens onto a busy city street scene in full 1950s dress. The camera quickly settles on a young man in a fedora as he rounds a corner and enters a plush ...

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A Pointless Portrait Of A Suffering Marriage 'By The Sea'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea opens with a long shot over a sharp precipice that fairly screams upcoming crisis for the handsome couple driving along its scenic edge. That's about as lively as things get in this undercooked mood piece about a disintegrating marriage between a stalled writer and ...

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'Brooklyn' Follows A Dream In Ireland And New York

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Some day soon after a brisk run in theaters and, with luck, a clutch of well-deserved Oscars, John Crowley's Brooklyn may find its sweet hereafter as a Turner Classic Movies selection of the month on endless repeat. I mean this as the highest compliment: Though it's set in 1950s coastal ...

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