Ella Taylor Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The result is a kind of grief procedural, its focus sharpened by the lush greens of the Catalan landscape.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
72% The Seagull (2018) The Seagull, true to its author, turns life into art that's bold enough to ask, "How shall we live?" and brave enough to answer, "With great difficulty."‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
87% Tully (2018) What saves the movie from unbearable smugness is the lovely duet of Theron and Davis playing their deepening partnership without either posturing or a disclaiming wink at the audience.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
87% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Let the Sunshine In moves between dialogue and carnal interludes with rhythmic fluidity. The mostly nocturnal settings and sumptuous black and red palette intensify Binoche's soulful sensuality.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Smoothly crafted, satisfyingly earnest...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Style overwhelms substance; characters recede into a fog of endless setup accentuated with Johnny Greenwood's meaningfully strident score.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
62% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Multiple meanings are Desplechin's bread and butter and the fertile terrain of his mostly wonderful films. Like Ismael, though, he seems to have lost the thread that will tie together his stories and generate something for us to chew over.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Though The Death of Stalin is a one-joke movie about how plotting and pandemonium invariably pour into a leadership vacuum, it's a deadly serious joke that we'd do well to attend to.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
51% Submission (2018) It's an age-old fable about the point where desire meets device, and invariably loses.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) Among its abundant delights, Early Man doubles as Park's sly statement about his own process, which may seem exceedingly crude and outdated, but has the warmth and personality of a homemade, hand-crafted production.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Janet and her bickering guests come across as cartoon bourgeois, thinly-drawn and wooden in their line delivery like dummies of a ventriloquist bent on caricaturing a privileged elite ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) This year's crop of Academy Award-nominated live action shorts - several of them made as newbie filmmakers' calling cards - make up in earnest humanity for what they lack in technical sophistication.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
61% Please Stand By (2018) Please Stand By deflates into a perfectly watchable but soft parable in which a can-do young American loses a battle, only to win the war of growing up, while the adults in the room confront their own unhelpful rigidities.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
21% Forever My Girl (2018) The problem is not the well-worn plot or familiar characters, but the fact that Wolf adds no depth or complication to either that would make the film her own.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
98% In Between (2018) There's little sense of grievance or victimhood here, only a liberating anger and a sharp but empathic intelligence that pops up in unexpected places.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening's expert runs up and down the emotional register leave no room for doubt about Grahame's charisma even when she's playing her own worst enemy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) It's Williams' tightly wound, calculating performance that juices the movie's thrill ride of a last hour, and turns it into a revelation.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) What sets Sweet Virginia above the pack is a leisurely inquiry into the moral rot that seeps into the very bones of lives bent out of shape by disappointment, frustration, loneliness or the absence of love.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) "Can we please stop with the remakes of Murder on the Orient Express?" I ask upon exiting Kenneth Branagh's fatally tepid new reading of the Agatha Christie classic.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
77% Last Flag Flying (2017) This antic, heartfelt dramedy about the many wounds of war handily shows off the director's abiding delight in illuminating character through banter; it simultaneously beams a light into critical American moments past and present.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) A former actor himself, Lee directs his leads with subtle assurance.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow leaves us wondering what will become of this lost generation, stranded without home or schooling or work, if or when they run out of hope and turn to anger or despair.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
76% Una (2017) Una is an inquiry into the complicated bond between a predator and his prey. Yet Harrower does not play monsters and victims.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The stories don't quite mesh, but somehow it all works.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status offers usefully excruciating insights into the wild swings between hubris and self-laceration that fuel our daily efforts to solidify a coherent self.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) Less a story than a collection of awkwardly mounted run-throughs building toward amiable foregone conclusions, Home Again chugs home huffing and puffing about the difficulties of breaking into Hollywood when you're young and talented.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
71% Viceroy's House (2017) At the end of this sprawling, passionate but generously non-partisan epic, a moving coda reveals the director's personal stake in telling the story her way. You should stay for the credits.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Polina springs to vivid life as a winsome hip-hop ballet.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) For all its jittery attitude and outsider milieu ... the movie is too bent on pleasing crowds to cohere into a point of view.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) If you liked Webb's enormously popular but, to this critic's mind, horribly pandering (500 Days) of Summer, you'll probably enjoy this too.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
88% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) Mesmerizing ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
97% Menashe (2017) Menashe is full of lovely grace notes in which nothing much happens, but which deepen our understanding of this self-segregated corner of the world.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Scene for increasingly horrifying scene, Lady Macbeth is about the making of a psychopath for whom bullying and betrayal have become learned behavior.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Whether someday soon we will all need our own Primes is one of the questions this likable but slightly anodyne movie raises yet doesn't really run with...Almereyda, expertly juggling the tonal shifts between mordant and elegiac, keeps the faith.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
100% Swim Team (2017) Swim Team is long enough to break and warm your heart in equal measure - which is about what you'd expect from a documentary about teenagers with autism who are training to compete in the Special Olympics.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Clocking in at a trim 76 minutes, The B-side is as warmly affectionate as its subject, a close friend and neighbor of the director.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola's The Beguiled doesn't so much negate the festering male paranoia as reclaim the point of view for the women it targets. Then she bats the premise around like a graceful cat with an addled mouse in its paws.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) A love story that restores agency to a woman who has lost all, and asks us to take a hard look at our own.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
86% Band Aid (2017) At its best, Band Aid ... carries us along with Anna and Ben's rocky ride through mourning the loss of youth, with its absolutist faith that there's a life code to be cracked, upon which a door will swing open to blissful ever after.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
75% Wakefield (2017) Swicord ... both respects the material and neatly corrals it for her own purposes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) "You have a nutty energy," one bemused prospect tells Michal, and that is generally true of this brightly colored, often zany crowdpleaser with sharply written dialogue and a pop soundtrack.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
90% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) Resolutely non-psychological and spare with its sharply funny dialogue, One Week and a Day apprehends its walking wounded through their mood swings, their half-assed lurches into elaborate plans we can tell they'll never complete.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
49% The Promise (2017) What The Promise lacks in subtlety and sophistication, it makes up for in the visceral potency of its imagery.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Filmmaker and subject are a match made in heaven that, cohabiting in Davies' delirious head, gives histrionic a good name.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Your Name is a stirring tale of rescue with a boisterous edge of YA mischief. It's also a love story with a swoony romantic affinity for the age-old tussle between chance and fate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
96% Karl Marx City (2017) As much an inquiry into the mechanics of how autocratic regimes work as it is a search for the truth about one citizen's tragic end in its clutches.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
97% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Watch and listen closely ... and worlds of deeply felt, awkwardly expressed passion will unfold in and around a cramped apartment in a nondescript high-rise that has aged along with the inhabitants who raised families there.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
75% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) If The Sense of an Ending is an object lesson in the heedless cruelty of the young, it's also, in Broadbent's versatile hands, a moving account of the inner turmoil of a man with little time left to right a wrong.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
36% Wolves (2017) A modestly pleasing, unsurprising indie about a family undone by anger issues.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
63% As You Are (2017) The setup is common enough, but though you can check off the usual ingredients in what follows - sex, drugs, a glance at Kurt Cobain - this is the furthest thing from a social-issue teen drama.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017