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2007 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Starting Out Novelistic and Intelligent

    published December 27, 2007

    In Starting Out in the Evening, a new film by Andrew Wagner, a pneumatic graduate student spreads honey over the face of the... More >>

  • Film 2007: Hit List

    published December 27, 2007

    It’s that time of year again. Our six critics don’t always (or often) agree, but we’ve combined their top 10 lists (allowing for... More >>

  • Savage Love

    published December 20, 2007

    Simmering below the squeamish elder-care euphemism "uncharted territory" is a fearful awareness that when it comes to dealing with the growing... More >>

  • Grounded

    published December 13, 2007

    Kites fly high over the San Francisco Bay and Kabul (OK, China), but not much else soars in Marc Forster's flaccid adaptation of Khaled... More >>

  • Mr. Magorium Far Less Fantastical Than Its Title

    published November 15, 2007

    Midway through the amiable children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, there comes a speech that I'll wager writer-director... More >>

  • The Upside of Lions for Lambs

    published November 8, 2007

    Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers, Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs may be the gabbiest movie ever made... More >>

  • Amy Ryan is Here, Baby, Here

    published November 1, 2007

    I hope people ask me, 'Where did you find that local actress?'" Ben Affleck told Amy Ryan when he cast her as a wreck of a single mother in his... More >>

  • Rendition is an Ordinary Terrorism Thriller

    published October 18, 2007

    Late in Rendition, in case you've been blind and deaf enough not to have cottoned to the drift, a tense Washington exchange on... More >>

  • Help!

    published September 20, 2007

    After Hair, Hairspray and the mass marketing of tie-dye, can the '60s be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed, here comes Julie... More >>

  • Walk Through the Valley

    published September 20, 2007

    Even the most adamantly anti-war movies about American soldiers returning from Vietnam—Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) and Oliver... More >>

  • Romp and Circumstance

    published August 2, 2007

    Oh, wipe that starchy Masterpiece Theatre moue off your face—pop Jane Austen is fun, especially when it's almost completely made up.... More >>

  • Friends With Benefits

    published July 19, 2007

    I wanted to hate I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, truly I did. Two straight guys pretending to be gay (insert fiscal excuse here);... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published July 5, 2007

    Eagle vs. Shark Written and directed by Taika Waititi. Starring Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement and Craig Hall. Opens... More >>

  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    published June 14, 2007

    Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose, jogs... More >>

  • Ogreload

    published May 17, 2007

    Coming out of Shrek the Third, I asked the two smart pre-teen girls I had in tow what they had liked about the picture. Projectile... More >>

  • Memory Loss

    published May 10, 2007

    In the superbly tacit chamber piece Away From Her, intolerable pressure is brought to bear on the 44-year marriage between a college... More >>

  • Post-War

    published May 3, 2007

    Awash in daily news of mass savagery, collective memory grows short. We feel for the women of Afghanistan, but who these days remembers the war... More >>

  • BookScam

    published April 5, 2007

    Lest we imagine that the publishing industry went to hell only after James Frey and J.T. Leroy clambered on board, here comes Lasse Hallström... More >>

  • Fluff Done Right

    published March 29, 2007

    Neutrally retitled from the more pertinent Orchestra Seats, Avenue Montaigne is a French soufflé of the old school, a... More >>

  • Behind the Music

    published February 22, 2007

    Morally irreproachable and flat as a pancake, Michael Apted's Amazing Grace is set among bickering House of Commoners in late... More >>

  • Miss Congeniality

    published January 4, 2007

    I am sorry to say that Peter did not feel very well that evening. His mother put him to bed and gave him a dose of chamomile tea. 'One... More >>

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