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Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Charming, if slightly over-sugared ... ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 3, 2015
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) There's plenty of wonderfully wild onstage footage and charming, behind-the-scenes goofing around here, and the movie is a fan's appreciation of how much exuberant fun Joplin could be on and offstage, of her ferocious work ethic and mischievous spirit. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 25, 2015
94% Carol (2015) I'm betting that Highsmith, a bold stylist herself, would have loved Carol even though it's a Todd Haynes film in every fiber of its Douglas Sirk-inspired being. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 19, 2015
33% By The Sea (2015) Roland and Vanessa's distress, vapid and insufficiently motivated to start with, is further imperiled by the director's heavy-handed screenwriting. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) It's a measure of her power and of the spell cast by this lovely movie that for hours, maybe days after you leave the theater, you'll want to stick around and find out what's around the corner for this now voyager. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 5, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) Rohrwacher handles her material with a richly detailed naturalism and a keen eye for the risks posed by Wolfgang's Promethean grandstanding to his children. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 29, 2015
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) It flows along, mimicking the continuous, fleeting, fragmentary flow of consciousness, the haze that lies between sleeping and waking, even between death and whatever lies behind it. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 22, 2015
81% The Assassin (2015) With and without allegory, to watch The Assassin is to be carried along in the river of life, in all its ecstasy and terror. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2015
73% He Named Me Malala (2015) Watching her in action, you understand why producers Walter Parks and Laurie Macdonald, who had planned to make a scripted biopic, met Malala, and decided that a documentary would be dandy. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2015
93% A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015) An engaging if heavily sugared portrait of a courageous woman triumphing over a disfiguring genetic mutation that prevents her from gaining weight. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2015
79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) Gere is extraordinary here, and it says something about his disciplined, inward-facing performance, and about the movie's subtle visual strategies, that he's in almost every frame of Time Out of Mind, but only rarely at the center of it. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 10, 2015
22% Before We Go (2015) Slight and familiar but sweet enough for Saturday night, Before We Go is the umpteenth re-up of Brief Encounter, not that there's anything wrong with that. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 4, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) Muylaert's as alive to the comic possibilities of liberal guilt as she is to the plight of the ill-paid maids who quietly run innumerable households all around the Americas. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 27, 2015
40% She's Funny That Way (2015) She's Funny That Way is a trifle. But it's a sweetly nostalgic trifle, especially if you're fond of classic screwball complete with overlapping quippage delivered at breakneck speed. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 20, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) Best of Enemies bowls along smartly, with clips from the tapes spiced with intelligently snarky asides from friends and adversaries of the two men, and spliced with archival footage of the tumultuous times they addressed. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) True to genre and to the history it peels back, Phoenix boldly offers us a war without heroes, only ghosts of broken people moving through a broken world, searching in vain for their former selves. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 23, 2015
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Along with all the sighs and grunts, McKellen gives Sherlock a rich inner life troubled by moral and existential doubts. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 16, 2015
84% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) Thorpe wryly treats his anxieties about his "gay" voice as an exercise in self-improvement, and winds up with a compelling portrait of internalized homophobia and liberation. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 9, 2015
95% Amy (2015) "All I'm good for is making tunes," she tells one interviewer. "So leave me alone to do that." Her time ran out far too early, but the luck is all ours - we still have the voice. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 2, 2015
62% The Little Death (2015) A winning humanity seeps through the high jinks. Lawson comes not to judge, but to assess the unintended consequences of sexual free play. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 25, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) Brice manages admirably to make his comedy at once daring and earnest, outlandish and relatable, obscene and sweet. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 18, 2015
79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) [A] likable homage to the writer-director's own father ... ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 18, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) Moselle is also a patient observer who, without judgment or superfluous underlining, gradually teases out the pathos and the riveting dramas -- some dark and disturbing, some bizarrely entertaining and heartening -- of the parents. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 11, 2015
83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Vikander crisply holds the screen as a naive rebel transformed by unspeakable suffering into a mature, independent young woman who remains open to the possibility of a new love and a rebuilt England. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 4, 2015
83% Results (2015) You'd expect Bujalski, who made Beeswax and Computer Chess and a couple of other extreme indies, to poke fun at gym culture, the ultimate soft target. And he does, but sweetly and without disparagement ... ‐ NPR
Posted May 28, 2015
92% When Marnie Was There (2015) Even without its moving parable of emotional repair, When Marnie Was There has all of Ghibli's exquisitely hand-drawn sense of place ... ‐ NPR
Posted May 21, 2015
29% Every Secret Thing (2015) Every Secret Thing has the Bechdel test more than covered. Alas, that's not enough to lift the action out of a rather nerveless ennui ... ‐ NPR
Posted May 14, 2015
58% Saint Laurent (2015) Never less than a sensual delight. The editing craftily mimics Laurent's style, impeccably cut and full of stealth moves and weird angles that take you by surprise. ‐ NPR
Posted May 7, 2015
77% Felix & Meira (2015) What's missing here is the vitality and sense of release the couple's romance should bring. Felix and Meira continue to pine and mope; the movie mopes with them in exhausting, often awkwardly intrusive detail. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 16, 2015
80% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) A spry, heartfelt first feature ... ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 9, 2015
54% Woman in Gold (2015) For all its broad brush strokes, Woman in Gold can't help but tell a moving populist parable about the will to power of an ordinary woman ... taking on powerful institutions to regain a tiny fraction of her family's appalling losses. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 2, 2015
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) It looks lovely, yet Wenders' worshipful account of Salgado the man feels like a tale half told. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 27, 2015
89% Jerusalem (2013) Magnificently scenic but fatally bland ... ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) Al Pacino as a jaded, aging rocker re-juiced by a road trip to settle accounts with himself and his long-lost family? By all means roll your eyes - the star has one brow goofily raised himself - but don't give up on Danny Collins. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 19, 2015
94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 12, 2015
19% October Gale (2015) Feels cut from the cloth of a romance novel for middle-aged respectables, with a fatally under-motivated thriller clumsily tacked on to jazz up the action. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
64% The Rewrite (2015) Hanging out with Keith and Holly in this kindly, observant movie is a perfectly pleasant way to pass ninety-odd minutes. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 12, 2015
86% Ballet 422 (2015) Where's the excitement? It's there for those of us who love good movies about the process of collaborative work done for the love of it. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2015
96% Girlhood (2015) Sciamma deserves all credit for filling [a] vacuum. By its end, though, Girlhood, by comparison, feels like the work of a sympathetic outsider who can't resist working her own agenda. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 29, 2015
89% Mommy (2015) Clocking in at an unfiltered - some would call indulgent - 129 minutes, Mommy gives the impression of having burst straight from Dolan's instincts onto the screen. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 22, 2015
91% Farewell, Herr Schwarz (2015) Farewell Herr Schwarz ends with tentative bonds of conciliation and family renewal, but the film offers no false answers to the terrible conundrum of remembering and forgetting catastrophe. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 7, 2015
No Score Yet Betoniyö (Concrete Night) (2013) This mawkish bummer about an ill-used teenage boy wandering around a surreally forbidding Helsinki is marred by a facile nihilism that trivializes the urban alienation it seeks to illuminate. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) My favorite movie of 2014 is three hours long, and it's about Turkish people who live in caves. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2014
74% Inherent Vice (2015) I love Anderson's ambition, but it is awfully hard to make a movie about a culture adrift that doesn't make its audience feel the same. Inherent Vice runs a punishing 148 minutes, not enough of which are funny or sad enough to hold us. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 11, 2014
55% Pioneer (2014) The underwater sequences stun and terrify - nothing says claustrophobia quite like two weeks in a pressurized diving bell with someone you can't necessarily trust - and there's almost as much moisture and terror on land to drive Petter round the bend. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 4, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) The Babadook makes the most of its special effects as needed, but this smart little frightener keeps its head close to the rising anxiety of a young widow whose husband died a violent death. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
85% Monk With a Camera (2014) Buried beneath the admiring encomia and ritual spectacle that clog the pores of this maddeningly tactful film is a tantalizing glimpse into the personal and institutional mechanics of Tibetan Buddhism. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2014
81% The Homesman (2014) The Homesman joins a stark, stripped-down beauty to a languid pace and a spare soundtrack to create an ambience that reeks of loneliness and alienation. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) With luck, Kidman will erase this inept thriller from her memory as quickly as it leaves theaters. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 31, 2014
93% Force Majeure (2014) Ostlund is a gifted creator of malignant ambience, which he masterfully uses to keep his audience wound tight and unsure whether the payoff in catastrophe will be physical, emotional or both. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 24, 2014