Ella Taylor appears in the following:
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Berlin wall has fallen, and a middle-aged Norwegian woman finds her idyllic life coming unmoored as secrets rooted in World War II come to light.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Romanian entry in the foreign-film Oscar category turns on a nouveau-riche mother who maneuvers ruthlessly to shield her no-account son from charges he kills a teen in a car crash.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A frustrated would-be poet (Emma Roberts) takes the first steps beyond her suburban comfort zone, exploring L.A.'s artsy fringe in the company of a drag queen and a washed-up practitioner of her own chosen form.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, known for his long and thorough examinations of the Holocaust and its memory, presents a series of 1975 conversations between himself and exiled Jewish elder Benjamin Murmelstein. (Recommended).
Thursday, January 30, 2014
At Middleton is far from the first film to make use of either the brief-encounter or the college-transition dramatic tropes — but sisters Vera and Taissa Farmiga in fine form, the film breathes some new life into the genre.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sebastian Lelio's latest film, Gloria, is a celebration of its title character, an older single woman looking for life and love in a modernized Chile more focused on individual rights than on familial obligations. (Recommended)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The unsparing German drama Generation War follows a group of childhood friends as they fight in battle, care for the sick, strive for fame, and try to survive during World War II. (Recommended)
Thursday, January 09, 2014
In The Truth About Emanuel, her second film about teen angst, director Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) trains her eye on Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a tightly wound adolescent whose mother died giving birth to her.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The fact-based film about four Navy SEALS in Afghanistan is resolutely anti-heroic until the very end, when triumphalism creeps in.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Or three: Dickens' wife, mistress and mother-in-law orbit the Victorian literary titan in a film that critic Ella Taylor says is wonderfully perceptive about the price of loving a man who never quite grew up.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Portraying author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks re-create the backstage drama that got Mary Poppins from the page to the screen in Saving Mr. Banks. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman also star.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Israeli drama S#x Acts digs deep into issues of sex and consent when a teenage girl, looking for the approval and acceptance of her peers, entertains the attentions of various boys. (Recommended)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The documentary follows the life, career and recent re-emergence of musician and riot grrrl, Kathleen Hanna, from her beginnings with Bikini Kill to her latest venture, The Julie Ruin.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
In 2008, documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) started a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback. When the bike racer at last confessed to doping, The Armstrong Lie ended up as a chronicle of his fall from grace.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The corporate thriller, from director Costa-Gavras (Z), is based the 2008 banking crisis and follows a French banker (Gad Elmaleh) as he navigates the world of international finance and intrigue. (Recommended)
Friday, September 06, 2013
Director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) reunites with Your Sister's Sister co-star Rosemarie DeWitt for the tale of a Seattle massage therapist who develops a sudden aversion to touching people. Josh Pais, Ellen Page and Allison Janney round out the cast.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Adapted by scripter Christopher Hampton from a Doris Lessing novella, the sand-and-surfy soap Adore centers on two Aussie friends (Robin Wright, Naomi Watts) who get into all kinds of trouble with each other's adolescent sons. Critic Ella Taylor says ... well, she pretty much says "Harrumph."
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Two former lovers find themselves on an accused terrorist's legal team in a surveillance-state thriller that goes a little too far to be credible — at least, that is, if it's really meant as a caution against the excesses of a security-obsessed Establishment.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Co-workers in a Chicago brewery teeter on the edge of romance in this mumblecore-ish film starring Olivia Wilde (Thirteen from House M.D.). Even a trip to Costa Rica and copious amounts of beer can't animate a rambling plot.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The comedy Austenland rightly pokes fun at Americans' ideas about the British, says critic Ella Taylor. She says the line between high and low culture in England has always been a bit hazy.