Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

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.


Weeping, Shooting And A Belly Full Of Gum In 'October Gale'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patricia Clarkson stars in a disappointing tale of a grieving woman who happens to find a gorgeous young guy with a bullet hole in him in the middle of her elegant cabin floor.


'The Rewrite': Hugh Grant Operating At Maximum Hugh Grant

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Marc Lawrence's agreeable but ho-hum comedy brings the stammering, comfortable romcom version of its lead actor farther still from the more adventurous work he once did.


'Ballet 422' Is A Dance Documentary Long On Art, Not Drama

Thursday, February 05, 2015

As the new film follows the story of arduous work behind a ballet premiere, it avoids divas and tempers and focuses on the collaborative work that produces art.


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.