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Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
41% 100 Streets (2017) Elba oozes charisma and intelligent physicality even when on his knees snorting a line of coke ... ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 12, 2017
96% Neruda (2016) As in all his movies, Larrain is an expert juggler of tones: by turns antic and lyrical, Neruda is shot with a dark, nocturnal beauty and a mournful orchestral score. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 29, 2016
82% Julieta (2016) Munro writes stark prose in blues and greys; Almodovar pumps up the volume with breathy dialogue, bathing his beleaguered women in brilliant vermilions and electric blues. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a full-service throwback to the Golden Age musical, transposed with lashings of romantic melancholy to a contemporary Los Angeles decked out in primary-colored plumage. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 8, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) A marvelous slow burn of domestic drama ... ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Craig writes fresh, sharp dialogue, knows what she's doing around actors and is unafraid to get out on a ledge. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 17, 2016
88% Elle (2016) A provocateur to his core, Verhoeven wades breezily into hot-potato territory, all the while refusing moral judgment. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Loving is modest, quiet, and deep. Like all Nichols' work with his long-time cinematographer, Adam Stone, the film highlights the lush beauty of the rural American South. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) By the end, you may long for a fourth chapter. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 20, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) From her terrific debut feature River of Grass through Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy, Reichardt has given us incomplete, quietly suffering women who feel their way into change. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) Paulson is way overdue for a lead role, and though Blue Jay is minor fare ... it's a great vehicle for her to run up and down the emotional scale without breaking a sweat. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 6, 2016
91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) This modest dramedy, deftly directed by Hannes Holm from the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, is as sweetly sincere as it is market-driven, with gusts of saving black comedy rolling in to rescue it from excess goo. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 29, 2016
93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) This emotionally intelligent first feature offers a sympathetic but clear-eyed look at the tangled skein of inequalities that entrap women (and the men they love and resent) in a Bedouin village. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2016
100% The Ruins of Lifta (2016) The Ruins of Lifta offers a muscular example of ability of documentaries to make the political intensely personal. More painfully, it's also a case study in the limits of benign intention. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 22, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Zellweger has precision comic timing, her British accent is close to flawless, and she's having a great time. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 15, 2016
77% London Road (2016) Once you get used to the film's most potent strategy ... it takes on the cadence of hypnotic poetry, a Greek chorus that picks out a billowing unease that only begins to spread following a trial verdict that was meant to bring closure. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 8, 2016
No Score Yet The tales in Dekalog conduct a mesmerizing dialogue with God and science, with free will and fate, with the many ways in which indifference or cruelty echo and repeat down the generations. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 1, 2016
62% Madeline (1998) This pleasant but pedestrian live-action film has one great thing going for it in the shape of Hatty Jones, a tiny Brit with currant-bun eyes full of forthcoming transgression. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 30, 2016
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) For a study in untrammeled lunacy, the movie is a highly constructed and tightly controlled work. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 30, 2016
47% Complete Unknown (2016) Like Alice, the film seems to be making itself up as it goes along, which would be fine with a less expository script than the one Marston wrote with Julian Sheppard, and with fewer showy gestures at the surreal. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 25, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) Though Schamus is a seasoned, respectful adapter of Roth's prose, it's just plain hard, if not impossible, to do full justice to the novelist's mercurial shifts between irony, knockabout farce, regret and outrage. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 28, 2016
44% Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) Willfully or not, the director misses one opportunity after another to pull back and assess. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) The movie bestows a forgiving compassion on all its troubled souls, even those of the misbehaving dead. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 7, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) For all its blather about honor and courage the movie doesn't really go anywhere with its inquiry into the new evil. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 30, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Solondz gives no quarter, nor does he mince words about where we're all headed. His vision of our predicament is bleakly funny and weirdly heartfelt. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 23, 2016
78% Argentina (Zonda: folclore argentino) (2016) Minor but highly watchable ... ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 16, 2016
51% Genius (2016) Perkins' gifts are clearly on display, but the movie asks us to take Wolfe's brilliance on trust. That's a fatal weakness. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) At its sharpest, The Witness is a careful inquiry into the tricks memory plays, and into how ambiguous events get reshaped into narratives that fit individual and collective needs. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) The stakes remain infantile, the black humor never flags, but the competition takes on a sinister savagery as bro-bonding alliances shift and hero-worship curdles into betrayal and resentment. ‐ NPR
Posted May 26, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Though Miller is a bit lighter on her feet here than in some of her other movies, Maggie's Plan doesn't clip along smartly enough for screwball. In the end, there just isn't enough chemistry to go round ... ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
81% Sunset Song (2016) Every rustling leaf and rustling cornstalk, every drop of rain pounding on stone, every tear of tissue paper, is lovingly drawn out. ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
97% Dark Horse (2016) It's true that Dark Horse relies a bit too heavily on commercial race footage. Yet the movie grows into uplift of a whole other kind. ‐ NPR
Posted May 5, 2016
77% Viktoria (2016) A powerful maternal melodrama spanning three generations of implacable women bound by blood, spilled milk and the tumult of a world in transition. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) The Meddler is warm and funny and astutely observant of the way so many mothers and daughters push and pull at each other and drive each other crazy, and never let go. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 21, 2016
89% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) Satisfyingly overwrought ... ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) Let me say off the bat that without the transcendent performance of its star... Martin Pieter Zandvliet's drama about an allegedly recovering alcoholic trying to regain custody of her kids would add very little to the conversation. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 8, 2016
80% Look at Us Now, Mother! (2016) Gayle Kirschenbaum explores her fraught relationship with her mother in this richly ambivalent documentary. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2016
82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) The pleasure of Standing Tall lies in its intelligent fidelity to process, to the Sisyphean struggle that both Malony and his stubborn but tested protectors face. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 1, 2016
53% Lolo (2016) Lolo is fun and fresh to look at: Violette's habitat is fashion-world, Centre-Pompidou new Paris, blessedly free of the Louvre-and-Seine shorthand that sells French movies to American audiences. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 24, 2016
97% Krisha (2016) This is well-worn territory, but in the right hands the primal family drama bears infinite repeating. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2016
93% River of Grass (1995) River of Grass is very funny, but in a more somber key it also test-drives what will become Reichardt's specialty: the transformation of cheerless wastelands into backdrops for journeys of the parched soul. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 10, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) It's almost boring, until you give yourself over to the long, atmospherically still takes that cover every scene. The mood is serene, with an undertow of sadness. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 4, 2016
94% Colliding Dreams (2016) At once compassionate and rueful, "Colliding Dreams" is recommended viewing for open minds, and essential viewing for those that remain snapped shut. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2016
61% Race (2016) A handsomely mounted drama about a pivotal moment in the life of track star Jesse Owens ... ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 19, 2016
82% Glassland (2016) The film is an intensely descriptive, head-to-the-ground mood piece, and when it's not talking too much, Glassland is the satisfyingly tangled love story of a boy and his mama. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2016
96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) If the movie touches on universal issues of sibling rivalry, the psychological insight is almost incidental in what is an intensely particular and roughly tender tone piece. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2016
31% Mojave (2016) On the plus side, the Mojave desert looks mighty handsome, and I really liked the twangy guitar. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 21, 2016
24% The Benefactor (2016) Gere's deft showboating, with Fanning under-compensating beautifully at the other end of the seesaw, is quite enough to carry a movie whose potency surely depends on not spelling things out. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 14, 2016
97% 45 Years (2015) Pairing Rampling with Courtenay was an ingenious move, and not only because the two perform a beautifully calibrated pas de deux. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 24, 2015
94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) It's hard to put into words the wildly imagined beauty of director Ale Abreu's drawing, with crayons and other tools kids might use. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 10, 2015