Ella Taylor Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% 63 Up (2019) What's striking is not just the sturdy durability of family and community, but the fundamental decency of just about every participant in this long cultural experiment.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Even if you think Rogers' psychological model is simplistic, you can't help but climb aboard.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
59% Frankie (2019) Sachs builds a physical world so relentlessly clean, classy, and gorgeous it teeters on the edge of travelogue. But he fails to people it with characters we could care much for or about, so busy are they shilling for banal observations on life.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Performing at his mature finest, Banderas moves up and down the emotional register from mournful to puckish to regretful to freshly hopeful with a restraint that dials down Almodovar's breathy melodrama almost to straight realism.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Flamboyant, terrifying, and pointedly timely...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) Wise, witty, and richly specific in its evocation of a family limping along on a wobbly foundation of secrets and lies.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Just when you're ready to agree with Brügger's disclaiming admission that he's a lousy journalist and storyteller, the trail runs cold. Only then does the story roar back to sinister life, while the telling turns solemn.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Passionate, wry, often bellicose, but always a candid and pithy storyteller... Crosby often seems to be writing his own self-lacerating obituary.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Marianne Ihlen doesn't steer this moving, sympathetic, but ultimately frustrating tribute. Perhaps inevitably, Cohen does, via Broomfield's fascination with the singer's tortured relations with the many women he romanced.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley has bags of pugnacious charisma and a soaring, throaty singing voice tempered with enough vulnerability to make us want to hold her close even as the screw-up she offers us drives everyone in her orbit up the wall.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man is a sequence of undeniably lovely grace notes that don't always cohere. Yet the movie is held together by the progress of Jimmie's conflict with himself...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) The action - if that's what you call two people wandering around Mumbai - unfolds with the slow, intimate rhythms of classic Indian cinema, lightly juiced with the goofy high spirits and populist common touch of Bollywood.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
34% Poms (2019) Even by the elastic standards of mass-market escapist trifles the creators of POMS might consider the challenges of growing old and confronting death without infantilizing both characters and audience.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Non-Fiction is a mostly delightful, occasionally exhaustingly word-drunk comedy of manners larded with giddy farce.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) A richly entertaining new documentary on the Satanic Temple's exploits from director Penny Lane, who has become one of our foremost chroniclers of bizarro Americana.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) A modest but intensely empathetic first film by writer-director Nia DaCosta.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) It's Fanning... who retains the sweetness of this heavily-trodden teen fable without ever tipping it over into cloying goo.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Jones fills her existential space with a bracing, though never unfeeling, inquiry into what it feels like to confront the steady drip of accumulating pain, and loss, and no longer being needed as we age.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nemes can be relentlessly opaque, which at time makes the film a drag to follow. But there's method in his determination to leave us with nowhere to park our own affinities.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) At its best The Hummingbird Project is a parable about failure, but one that ultimately undercuts itself with redeeming goo.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) In this lovely ode to a literary master, Branagh shows us what his hero always understood - that life may be an endlessly unfolding mystery, but in art, all is true.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots does make a powerfully moving case for an uneasy dance between two powerful women hamstrung by male politics.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) [An] intensely atmospheric melodrama...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
50% Postcards From London (2018) McLean's nostalgia for the Soho of Francis Bacon, Freud, and Jarman (all of them clear influences on his own work) is touchingly wistful about the ravages of time, and he's serious about probing the mixed blessings of sex, art, beauty and authenticity.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased... smoothly handles the tonal shifts between absurd and sinister as the film slides between Jared's past and present struggles.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
59% Face (2002) Feels like the stretched-out short student film that it is.‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 19, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) Chomko refreshes the formula with vividly grounded writing that never forces her actors to summarize where they've been, emotionally speaking, or where they're going.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) The movie is carried by Winstead's mesmerizingly mercurial performance, and not just because she does pitch-perfect impressions of, among others, Kristen Stewart and Werner Herzog.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
73% The Children Act (2018) Characters move through their posh habitats, explaining what they've done, are about to do, should have done years ago. Their confusion is fine; the fuzziness of the filmmaking less so.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) It's in the movie's lengthy middle sequence of verbal sparring between Malkin and Eichmann that Operation Finale comes into its own.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a sharply observed study - with a knife edge of satire, for sure - of the daily practice of soft tyranny by people not gifted with healthy self-doubt.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) There's not a dull or dry moment in Reed's briskly paced film about the secret assault on the American electoral and judicial process by corporations whose agenda is nothing less than the dismantling of government itself.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) For all the domestic sturm und drang, it's the blossoming of Houston's musical sensibilities that most engages in the film.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The film is an artfully constructed investigative narrative structured to give us the sense of discovering, along with the boys and their families, several layers of buried secrets and lies that blighted their adult lives.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
82% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) Barbosa tracks the feverish ups and downs of his friend's journey through his charming, maddening character.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) I'd be his neighbor in a heartbeat.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
30% Rodin (2018) Not since Jacques Rivette's magnificent La Belle Noiseuse (1991) has a film zeroed in on creative process with the same obsessive care it devotes to the artist's volatile love life.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
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
67% 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
86% 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
86% 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
89% 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
53% 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
49% 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