Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor appears in the following:

Iannucci's 'The Death Of Stalin': Amid Chaos, Great Energy

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Armando Iannucci directs this lacerating, frenetic dissection of the power vacuum left by Stalin's death. The director "never overtly winks at current parallels East or West. He doesn't have to."


When Sex Becomes A Grind(r): '4 Days In France'

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A gay man saunters through the French countryside, pursued by his lover, in this loose meditation on the perks and pitfalls of hooking up.


'Menashe': A Hasid Grows In Brooklyn

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This sweetly funny tale of a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to care for his son offers a humane and sympathetic view of life in a Hasidic enclave.


'Lady Macbeth': A New Bride Flouts The Rigid Rules Of Society — And Humanity

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In this unsentimental, unflinching, increasingly harrowing film, a young woman in Victorian England internalizes the various cruelties visited upon her ... until she doesn't.


Parents And Athletes Venture Out And Connect In 'Swim Team'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Lara Stolman's documentary follows three members of a swim team made up entirely of athletes with autism. The team offers community and support — to the swimmers, and to their parents.


The Polaroid Photographer Who Captures 'The B-Side' Of Her Subjects' Lives

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Errol Morris' unusually straightforward documentary about portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman is as charming as its sunny, voluble subject.


A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.


'Beatriz At Dinner' Skewers A House Full Of Well-Off Guests

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White collaborate on a film featuring Salma Hayek as a healer who finds herself at a very uncomfortable meal.


A Marriage Struggles To The Beat Of 'Band Aid'

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally star in an ambling but insightful comedy about a couple that uses music to stop fighting.


Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bryan Cranston plays a man who settles in to spy on his own family in Wakefield, a story with roots going all the way back to Nathaniel Hawthorne.


An Orthodox Bride Makes An Unorthodox Decision In 'The Wedding Plan'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor loved this "beautiful and beguiling" tale of a Tel Aviv woman determined to let God provide her a last-minute groom.


An Israeli Couple Haltingly Navigate Grief Over 'One Week And A Day'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

They've lost their son. The shiva is over. Now, Eyal (Shai Avivi) and Vicky (Jenya Dodina) "veer off on separate tracks of crazed non-coping" says critic Ella Taylor.


Amid Mass Slaughter, A Love Triangle Takes Shape In 'The Promise'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Director Terry George's historical drama about three people swept up in the 1915 massacre of Armenians lacks subtlety and sophistication, but features powerful, visceral imagery.


'A Quiet Passion' Dazzles Gradually

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Filmmaker Terence Davies has found his ideal subject with this Emily Dickinson biopic, and a fiery performance by Cynthia Nixon challenges notions of the poet as a dour recluse.


'Your Name' Goes There: Teens Switch Bodies In Charming, Dreamlike Romance

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor says this quirky love story "shimmers with the magic of a fairy tale" yet "has its feet firmly planted on the ground of Japan's past and present."


In The Documentary 'Karl Marx City,' A Grim But Enlightening Homecoming

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A filmmaker returns to the former East Germany to uncover family secrets and explore how life behind the Berlin Wall traded on civilian informants and an insidious collective obedience.


A Family Struggles To Connect In The Rueful, Richly Detailed 'After The Storm'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a stalled writer's attempts to make peace with his extended family is a quiet and meticulously wrought character study.


An Unexamined Life, Examined And Re-Examined: 'The Sense Of An Ending'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

An unsparing, unsentimental Julian Barnes novel gets a straightforward treatment — and a tacked-on, falsely redemptive ending — in Ritesh Batra's film.


A Self-Destructive Dad Gambles With His Son's Future In The Drama 'Wolves'

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Critic Ella Taylor admires the performances, but says director Bart Freundlich's latest is a "modestly pleasing, unsurprising indie about a family undone by anger issues."


3 Teenage Outsiders Navigate Friendship And Desire In 'As You Are'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An intimate portrait of high school friends caught up in the aftermath of a violent incident places us inside their heads with sensitivity and restraint.