Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

'Phoenix': An Unconventional Noir About Two Troubled Pasts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Director Christian Petzold sets his thrillers in critical periods of German history. Phoenix follows a concentration camp survivor returning to 1945 Berlin.


An Aging And Soulful 'Mr. Holmes' Puts A New Spin On Sherlock

Thursday, July 16, 2015

While many versions of the classic detective rely on a lack of expression of emotion to define his character, the aging Sherlock played by Ian McKellen has feelings — regrets especially.


A Documentarian Wonders: 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

In a new documentary, a gay man tries to change the sound of his voice and wonders why, exactly, he thinks he should.


Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.


A Wavy Line Between Fantasy And Reality In 'The Little Death'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Josh Lawson's first feature, a sex comedy, visits with couples who agree to explore their fantasies and find unexpected consequences for real life.


One 'Overnight,' Two Couples, Countless Boundaries Violated

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A new comedy starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling tests the boundaries of good taste for both the two couples at its center and the film itself.


Difficult Times With A Difficult Father In 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mark Ruffalo plays a father struggling with bipolar disorder in Maya Forbes' domestic comedy based on the director's experience with her own dad.


In One New York Apartment, Six Brothers See The World Through Film

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The documentary The Wolfpack follows a family led by parents so anxious about the outside world, that for years they largely kept their children from encountering it at all.


A Strong Central Performance Elevates A Pacifist's Story

Thursday, June 04, 2015

A new adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir Testament Of Youth isn't really necessary, but a strong turn from actress Alicia Vikander is a highlight.


Self-Improvement Gets Romantic In 'Results'

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The delightful romantic comedy Results, from mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski, has sympathy for the earnest aspirations of its gym-dwelling characters.


A Journey Of Self-Discovery In 'When Marnie Was There'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The latest film from the beloved Studio Ghibli weaves a tale of a girl learning to face her past.


Bad Karma In 'Every Secret Thing'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A thriller directed by noted documentarian Amy Berg and written by Nicole Holofcener is stacked with plenty of talent, but it can't quite live up to the promise of its twisty-sounding plot.


'Saint Laurent,' A Radical Man Of Fashion

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bertrand Bonello's portrait of famed designer Yves Saint Laurent is cannily edited so that the film recalls the designer's impeccably cut styles.


Revisiting The Melodrama Of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Carey Mulligan plays the role once occupied by Julie Christie, but her very different take may be too controlled for its own good.


Two Unmoored Souls Too Gloomily Drawn In 'Felix And Meira'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.


'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.


Lost Art Is Reclaimed In 'Woman In Gold'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

This drama about the woman who sued to recover a famous painting taken from her family is miscast, but it still manages to tell a moving populist tale of the power of one determined person.


A Photographer's Eye For Tragedy And Hope In 'Salt Of The Earth'

Friday, March 27, 2015

Celebrated director Wim Wenders tells the story of photographer Sebastio Salgado, whose essays on human tragedy have attracted both praise and criticism.


Don't Give Up Too Easily On The Scruffy 'Danny Collins'

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Working in at least a little lower key than usual, Al Pacino plays an aging singer opposite a charming and practical woman played by Annette Bening.


Lesser-Known Players Get Their Bows In 'The Wrecking Crew'

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The west coast studio musicians behind some of the best music of the '60s and '70s have rarely been recognized, but a new documentary aims to set that right.