Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

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.


Sex And Death, Shot Through A Colorful Lens: Almodovar's 'Julieta'

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.


An Old-School Hollywood Musical That's In Love With Hollywood: 'La La Land'

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.


A Parisian Woman's Tightly Woven Sense Of Self Begins To Unravel In 'Things To Come'

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."


Teen Comedy 'The Edge Of Seventeen' Is Razor-Sharp

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.


Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' Is A Brutal, Elegant, Pitch-Black Comedy

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Director Verhoeven gleefully courts controversy with this bitterly sardonic film about the aftermath of a woman's violent rape.


'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History

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.


A Melancholy Youth Finds Himself Under The Heavenly Glow Of 'Moonlight'

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.


'Certain Women' Confront The Uncertain Future With Quiet Desperation — And Resolve

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.


High School Sweethearts Reconnect, And Reopen Old Wounds, In 'Blue Jay'

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.


A Grouch Gradually Grows Grudgingly Grateful In 'A Man Called Ove'

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.


It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins Of Lifta'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.


'Bridget Jones's Baby' Is High-Spirited And Playful

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.


On 'London Road,' Murder, Music And British Lower-Middle-Class Manners

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.


'Dekalog,' A Haunting, Ruminative 10-Film Tour Through The 10 Commandments

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The late filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog, a masterpiece that began life as a series of films made for television, finally gets a digitally restored North American theatrical distribution.


Opaque Storytelling Leaves Rachel Weisz's Character A 'Complete Unknown'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Weisz plays a woman who's spent her life creating new identities, but the filmmakers leave her motivations, and her character, frustratingly unmoored and unclear.


'Indignation,' Based On Philp Roth's Autobiographical Novel, Marred By Miscasting

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Roth's mercurial 2008 coming-of-age novel gets a dutiful, sober-minded adaptation undercut by a miscast Logan Lerman in the film's lead role.


'Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru' Fawns Over Its Charismatic Subject

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new documentary about motivational speaker Tony Robbins falls helplessly under the coal-walking life-coach's magnetic, intoxicating sway.