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2008 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Critical Mass: The Best Movies of 2008

    published December 25, 2008

    Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing?Whatever the case, when our... More >>

  • The Reader

    published December 25, 2008

    Like Doubt, Stephen Daldry's The Reader is low-budget, high-profile and beamed straight at the Academy of Motion Picture... More >>

  • Doubt

    published December 11, 2008

    Back in the early 1980s, when I was a graduate student in Boston, a prominent professor I knew was accused of sexually harassing a female... More >>

  • Australia

    published November 27, 2008

    You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit Lit, classic melodramas, Westerns or war movies, or Gone With the Wind to figure out... More >>

  • Bolt

    published November 20, 2008

    With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of... More >>

  • I’ve Loved You So Long

    published November 13, 2008

    I've Loved You So Long Kristin Scott Thomas has gotten so locked into playing tragic victims or frigid grandes dames that few remember... More >>

  • The Other Sister

    published November 6, 2008

    Those who believe that Jonathan Demme went all soft with Philadelphia and never recovered may not be reassured by his latest movie, an... More >>

  • Changeling

    published October 23, 2008

    On a double bill with L.A. Confidential, Chinatown or just about any film made after 1970 about institutional corruption in Los... More >>

  • The Secret Life of Bees is All Honey, No Sting

    published October 16, 2008

    A young woman fights off her brutal husband; a gun goes off; a marble spins on the floor where a toddler sits unattended. From B-movie... More >>

  • Hard-Knock Life

    published August 21, 2008

    When I heard that Quentin Tarantino handed the Grand Jury Prize for best feature to Courtney Hunt's Frozen River at this year's... More >>

  • Young Adult Fiction

    published July 31, 2008

    Notwithstanding all the pundit-driven hot air about the horrors of being young in today's America, I'm willing to buy the argument that it's... More >>

  • In the Spirit of Waugh

    published July 24, 2008

    Making notes in 1949 for a review of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, George Orwell wrote that "Waugh is about as good a... More >>

  • Thank You for the Music

    published July 17, 2008

    I've always enjoyed ABBA—not in that post-hoc, so-bad-it's-good hip way, but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day,... More >>

  • As American as Overpriced Dolls

    published June 19, 2008

    To my 10-year-old daughter, the term "American Girl" means "that store my meanie of a mom—unlike all the other, higher-quality... More >>

  • Review: You Don't Mess With the Zohan

    published June 5, 2008

    Behold Adam Sandler, in a passable Israeli accent and outsize codpiece, as Zohan the Mossad super-heavy: catching barbecued fish in his butt... More >>

  • Big-Screen Sex and the City Is A Poor-Man's Knockoff

    published May 29, 2008

    Oh, please—spoiler alert? Fine, I won't tell you whether Carrie Bradshaw ties the knot with Mr. Big, even though you've already seen that... More >>

  • Parenting Off The Grid in The Alt-Family Portrait Surfwise

    published May 29, 2008

    Halfway through Surfwise, a mesmerizingly ambivalent documentary about an itinerant family of Jewish surfer-dude health nuts, we... More >>

  • Narnia Sequel Ups the Action and Loses Some Magic

    published May 15, 2008

    Things never happen the same way twice." Thus boometh Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson), alias the Son of God, popping his computer-generated shaggy... More >>

  • '50s Domestic Drama Married Life Obviously Inspired by Todd Haynes

    published March 20, 2008

    Do we need another look back at the rotten heart of the '50s nuclear family? Ira Sachs thinks we do, and as one who can't get enough of sweaty... More >>

  • Morally Ambiguous The Counterfeiters is a Holocaust Tale of Survival

    published March 6, 2008

    Near the beginning of The Counterfeiters, a fact-based Holocaust drama by Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky, we meet Jewish... More >>

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles is a Smart Children's Fantasy

    published February 14, 2008

    Freudians disheartened by the Bearded One's fall from psychotherapeutic grace may be cheered to learn that ol' Sigmund lives and prospers at... More >>

  • In Bruges Brings More Adventures in Gangsterland

    published February 7, 2008

    No celebrity hairdresser should ever be allowed near Colin Farrell's eyebrows with a tweezer. Black, fluffy and gloriously unilateral, they... More >>

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