Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

A Parisian Finds Her Place In A Rarely Seen Part Of 'Girlhood'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The coming-of-age drama about a black teenager in a poor Paris suburb takes some unexpected turns, but struggles to define why they progress as they do.


'Mommy' Tells The Story Of A Troubled, Transfixing Bond

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Xavier Dolan's tale of a troubled relationship between mother and son was Canada's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film, and it pulses with energy despite its close calls with single-mother cliches.


'Leviathan' Shows A Film And Filmmaker Unafraid Of Big Questions

Friday, January 02, 2015

Andrey Zvyagintsev's story of corruption in post-Soviet Russia won funding from the Ministry Of Culture, but his picture of his homeland is unsettling.


A Beautiful, Desolate 'Winter Sleep'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Critic Ella Taylor says her favorite film of 2014 is a three-hour Turkish drama about people in caves. But, she says, don't leave just yet.


The 1970s, Ugly And Adrift In 'Inherent Vice'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.


Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."


A Claustrophobic 'Pioneer' From A Land Suddenly Grown Rich

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Norwegian thriller follows divers deep beneath the sea, where powerful forces above drive those trapped together to question nearly every aspect of their experience.


In 'The Babadook,' A Mother's Sacrifices And A Monster's Roar

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jennifer Kent's genre-bending horror film gives brave voice to the fury of many mothers and continues a tradition of Australian women unafraid of explorations of fear.


A Frustrating Love Letter In 'Monk With A Camera'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The documentary Monk With A Camera follows Nicholas Vreeland, born to New York socialites, who has been a Buddhist monk for decades.


In 'The Homesman,' A Most Unromantic American West

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones play two very different people taking a dangerous trip across the arid plains in a beautifully photographed film.


'Before I Go To Sleep' Is An Amnesia Thriller You'll Hope To Forget

Friday, October 31, 2014

Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in a grimly exploitative, unpleasant thriller about a woman whose memory is wiped overnight, every night.


In 'Force Majeure,' Society Crumbles Under An Avalanche

Friday, October 24, 2014

The wickedly funny Swedish black comedy follows a family after its patriarch makes a selfish, split-second decision in a time of crisis.


Beauty And Loss In 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya'

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The latest film from the celebrated Studio Ghibli follows a girl far from home who must inevitably return there.


Bill Murray Doesn't Do Much, But He Does It So Well In 'St. Vincent'

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Murray plays a grumpy geezer in this gentle comedy alongside a dialed-back Melissa McCarthy. There's nothing new here, but Murray is the perfect guy to carry the movie's pleasantly ordinary tune.


Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

Thursday, October 02, 2014

While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.


'Lilting' Traces A Mother's Grief, In Imperfect Language

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The drama Lilting follows a grieving mother and her son's left-behind love on a strange trajectory of flawed communication and shared emotion.


Crossing The Desert, Making 'Tracks'

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.


Getting Each Other And The Bonds Of 'The Skeleton Twins'

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.


In 'Rocks In My Pockets,' A Family History Of Depression And Art

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.


'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

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.