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2006 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Family Ties

    published December 26, 2006

    Made when he was a stripling of 24, Argentine filmmaker Daniel Burman's first feature, A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cincoesquinas, was a... More >>

  • 'Happily N'Ever After'

    published December 26, 2006

    With shtick as dull as it is ill-natured, this tasteless inversion of the Cinderella story features the voice of Sigourney Weaver as a generically... More >>

  • Miss Congeniality

    published December 19, 2006

    As a child I couldn't stand Beatrix Potter, and not just because her cute, jacketed critters bored me senseless. I loved tough children's tales,... More >>

  • 'The Painted Veil'

    published December 12, 2006

    Given what an awful stiff Somerset Maugham can be, it's remarkable how many movies have been made of his uptight tales of civil servants sweating... More >>

  • 'The Secret Life of Words'

    published December 5, 2006

    Unsmiling, pathologically private, and all but wordless, deaf factory girl Hanna (Sarah Polley) uses an enforced vacation to volunteer as a nurse... More >>

  • 'The Empire in Africa'

    published November 28, 2006

    Cannily timed by lefty distributor Cinema Libre Studio to coincide with the release of Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, Philippe Diaz's... More >>

  • 'Family Law'

    published November 28, 2006

    Unlike his intensely committed and colorful lawyer father, Ariel Perelman (a deadpan Daniel Hendler) is anal, inexpressive, becalmed in a dull... More >>

  • 'Days of Glory'

    published November 28, 2006

    As much a political as an aesthetic event, Rachid Bouchareb's drama about the plight of Algerian soldiers who fought for France in World War II... More >>

  • Built to Spill

    published November 21, 2006

    The actress Viola Davis has carved, handsome features and a tenacious stare that brooks no inattention. Though Davis's implacable integrity has... More >>

  • 'Opal Dream'

    published November 14, 2006

    Rush screaming from anything that announces itself as "a movie for children and grown-ups of all ages." Slight and shamelessly saccharine, Opal... More >>

  • 'Deck the Halls'

    published November 14, 2006

    What is it about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws? 'Tis... More >>

  • 'Flushed Away'

    published October 24, 2006

    The third collaboration between Britain's Aardman studio and DreamWorks animation, this puckish charmer about a posh Kensington mouse flushed down... More >>

  • 'Flicka'

    published October 10, 2006

    It takes a pristine gift for mediocrity to ruin Mary O'Hara's muscular children's novel about a wild boy and his wild horse, but director Michael... More >>

  • Devils in Disguise

    published October 3, 2006

    Of all the hundreds of pedophile priests to be flushed out of the woodwork in recent Catholic Church history, Father Oliver O'Grady has to be one... More >>

  • In the Playroom

    published September 19, 2006

    Little Children, a second excursion into middle-class unease by Todd Field after his intelligent but overrated In the Bedroom, opens... More >>

  • Absolute Power

    published September 19, 2006

    In The Last King of Scotland, an adequate thriller redeemed by Forest Whitaker's sensational turn as Idi Amin, freshly qualified Scottish... More >>

  • Guarded State

    published September 5, 2006

    Those twentysomethings, poor dears, can never catch a break in the movies. First this maligned generation is told, in countless gritty indies and... More >>

  • Madly Ever After

    published September 5, 2006

    Despite its title, Confetti, a chaotic mockumentary in the finest tradition of English vulgarity, has nothing whatever to say about... More >>

  • 'Lassie'

    published August 29, 2006

    British writer-director Charles Sturridge makes beautiful, stubbornly unhurried movies about the best and worst in human, animal, and even... More >>

  • 'Sherrybaby'

    published August 29, 2006

    Fresh out of the joint with a heroin habit at bay, bottle-blonde Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) swoops down on the young daughter she left... More >>

  • 'Paper Dolls'

    published August 29, 2006

    As Israel grows rapidly more polyglot, hostility toward gays has lightened up. Only a little, though—as is painfully evident from Tomer... More >>

  • Miles From Home

    published August 22, 2006

    Front-loaded with family discord, terminal cancer, prodigal jailbait, a cute kiddie looking for love, and other accessories of the ready-to-wear... More >>

  • 'The Quiet'

    published August 15, 2006

    What if it's not cell phones, iPods, MySpace, and whatever that's keeping the teen demographic out of movie theaters? What if, instead, it's the... More >>

  • "Conversations With Other Women'

    published August 1, 2006

    Not quite drama, not quite comedy, not quite romance, this gossamer first feature by Hans Canosa is one of those seemingly wafer-thin chamber... More >>

  • There Goes the Neighborhood

    published July 25, 2006

    A winning tale of sex, real estate, and more or less immaculate conception, Quinceañera, as you might expect from a white-made... More >>

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