Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

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 โ€” 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.


A Story Of Sisters And The Pain They Carry

Thursday, July 07, 2016

While less emotionally urgent than some of director Hirokazu Kore-eda's previous work, Our Little Sister retains the director's interest in the plight of emotionally neglected children.


Le Carre Adaptation Takes 'Our Kind of Traitor' On A Tour Of The Underworld

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A professor (Ewan McGregor) gets drawn into a seedy and violent world of criminal intrigue by a boisterous Mafioso (Stellan Skarsgard).


Solondz's 'Wiener-Dog': A Cute Pooch Sets Out On A Picaresque Tour Of Human Pathos

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Director Todd Solondz follows an adorable dachshund as it passes from one blisteringly lonely suburbanite to another. The result is a film that manages to be deeply pessimistic but never cynical.


Saura's 'Argentina': A Passionately Political Dance Documentary

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Director Carlos Saura takes the viewer through a single, stunning performance of Argentinian dance in which political themes emerge from the continuous flow of music, motion and mood.


A Volatile Literary Partnership Is Ill-Served By The Dry, Stagey 'Genius'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Michael Grandage's strangely staid film about novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor Maxwell Perkins struggles to capture the passions that drove their famously explosive professional relationship.


'The Witness' Looks Back At Those Accused Of Ignoring A Murder

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The murder of Kitty Genovese became a symbol of all that was wrong with big-city neighbors, but in a new documentary, Genovese's brother considers the complexities of recollection and responsibility.


Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.


A Romance Askew In 'Maggie's Plan'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

There's not quite enough chemistry to elevate the story of a young woman determined to make herself a family, despite a typically clever turn from Greta Gerwig in the lead.


After A 'Sunset Song,' Tomorrow Is Another Day

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Terence Davies' Sunset Song is the tacitly feminist tale of a woman, played by Agyness Deyn, who is at least partially freed by owning land and acting on her own anger.