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2010 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger": Woody Allen grinds on

    published September 29, 2010

    Kept afloat by a great cast, Woody Allen's latest foray into the perverse follies of mankind begins with a statutory quote from Macbeth... More >>

  • "Kisses": Fairy tale meets real life for runaway Irish kids

    published July 28, 2010

    Strictly speaking, the two scrappy Irish kids in Lance Daly's Kisses aren't homeless, but in every sense that matters, they have only... More >>

  • Breathless

    published July 21, 2010

    While critics at Cannes break their heads parsing Jean-Luc Godard's latest enigma, his 1960 first feature Breathless marks its 50th... More >>

  • Lisa Cholodenko interview: "The Kids Are All Right" director makes a lesbian domestic comedy

    published July 14, 2010

    In The Kids Are All Right, two affluent hyperparents fret about their marriage as well as their teenage children, the elder of whom is... More >>

  • "Restrepo"

    published June 30, 2010

    In the summer of 2007, two Western journalists dug in with a platoon of American soldiers on a 15-month deployment in the Korengal Valley, a... More >>

  • Restrepo

    published June 30, 2010

    Amid a glut of amped nonfiction films about the U.S. at war, journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary about their 2007 stay... More >>

  • Cyrus

    published June 23, 2010

    In Cyrus, a freakishly engrossing black comedy about excessively mothered men and the women who enable them, the excellent John C.... More >>

  • "The Oath": Ghosts of 9/11 with two of bin Laden's own

    published June 16, 2010

    Early in Laura Poitras' outstanding documentary, The Oath, we learn that one of its subjects, Abu Jandal, a cabdriver living in Yemen,... More >>

  • Indie film and family in crisis in "The Father of My Children"

    published May 26, 2010

    The Father of My Children, a drama about love, sorrow, and the heartbreak of independent film financing, is sliced neatly in half by the... More >>

  • "Sex and the City 2" struggles against nature to stay forever young

    published May 26, 2010

    Say what you will, Michael Patrick King knows how to stage a fabulous gay nuptial. Sex and the City 2 begins with flair and good humor... More >>

  • Films About What the Haves Have Not

    published May 5, 2010

    "I'm a girl who likes nice stuff," says Nicole Holofcener, looking around the spacious but unpretentious home she recently bought in a... More >>

  • The Secret of Kells

    published March 31, 2010

    If there's an Oscar race that might be worth following this year, it's the one for Best Animated Feature. Out of nowhere, The Secret of... More >>

  • The Last Station

    published February 3, 2010

    Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated writer... More >>

  • Fish Tank: Fifteen and pissed

    published January 27, 2010

    Katie Jarvis, who makes her acting debut as a rabid teenager in writer-director Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, was discovered on an English... More >>

  • The Cove

    published January 20, 2010

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former trainer... More >>

  • Invictus

    published January 20, 2010

    A rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly wrapped in a triumphalist sports movie (and blessedly free of spurious Obama parallels), Clint... More >>

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