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2008 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Antarctica

    published December 31, 2008

    Gay film slipped palatably out of Israel's closet with the films of Eytan Fox, who with his partner Gal Uchovsky made Yossi & Jagger, The... More >>

  • To Sir, with Attitude

    published December 24, 2008

    Compare and contrast Laurent Cantet's terrific The Class with any of the following schoolroom chestnuts — Mr. Holland's Opus,... More >>

  • Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

    published December 24, 2008

    In the days and weeks ahead, several tremendous (dare we say Oscar-caliber?) films will be arriving in Bay Area theaters. They're poignant,... More >>

  • Our critics name the best films of 2008

    published December 24, 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 >>

  • Antarctica

    published December 24, 2008

    Gay film slipped palatably out of Israel’s closet with the films of Eytan Fox, who, with his partner Gal Uchovsky, made Yossi & Jagger,... More >>

  • The Tale of Despereaux

    published December 17, 2008

    Kate DiCamillo's 2003 children's novel about a big-eared mouse with an inspiring case of shining-knight envy is one of the finest expositions... More >>

  • J'Accuse!

    published December 10, 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 >>

  • Reading Is Fundamental

    published December 10, 2008

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

  • The Reader

    published December 10, 2008

    Beamed at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Category of High Moral Tone, comes Stephen Daldry’s fatally respectful take on the acclaimed 1995... More >>

  • Where Art Thou, Sylvain?

    published December 10, 2008

    Kate DiCamillo’s 2003 children’s novel about a big-eared mouse with an inspiring case of shining-knight envy is one of the finest... More >>

  • Somewhere Over the Date Line

    published November 26, 2008

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

  • Leashed Lightning

    published November 19, 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 5, 2008

    As Juliette, a Frenchwoman newly released from prison, Kristin Scott Thomas is so relentless unbending, so full of necessary enigma that she... More >>

  • Monster Mom

    published October 29, 2008

    Kristin Scott Thomas has gotten so locked into playing tragic victims or frigid grandes dames that few remember the actress got her big break... More >>

  • The Duchess

    published October 29, 2008

    Based on Amanda Foreman's biography of Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire, Saul Dibb's costume drama tells how Princess Diana's... More >>

  • Go Ahead, Make Her Day

    published October 22, 2008

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

  • Buzz Kill

    published October 15, 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 >>

  • Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

    published October 15, 2008

    Just about everyone interviewed for Stefan Forbes' fascinating documentary about Lee Atwater — whether Democrat or Republican pols,... More >>

  • Rachel Getting Married: The other sister

    published October 8, 2008

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

  • Royally Screwed

    published September 24, 2008

    The Duchess is the best women's movie of the summer. Don't get too excited: Sex and the City, Mamma Mia!, and The Women... More >>

  • Ladies Light

    published September 10, 2008

    "What do you think this is?" cries a lady who lunches in Diane English's remake of George Cukor's The Women. "Some kind of '30s... More >>

  • Hard-Knock Life

    published August 13, 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 Sundance... More >>

  • Young-Adult Fiction

    published July 30, 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 >>

  • Forget It, Jake, It's Court TV

    published July 23, 2008

    Along its winding road to crucifying the American judiciary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired — which aired to mostly warm... More >>

  • Thank You for the Music

    published July 16, 2008

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

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