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2007 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Make Love, Not War

    published August 28, 2007

    Had Israeli director Eytan Fox's new film, about a passionate affair between two men on opposite sides of the Israeli-Arab conflict, been released... More >>

  • I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

    published August 28, 2007

    Sitcoms about nothing, mumblecore movies—is the thematic three-act structure really dead, and if so, should we say good riddance? Either way,... More >>

  • Becoming Jane

    published July 24, 2007

    Next to nothing is known about what actually passed between Jane Austen and Irish lawyer Tom Lefroy, but that hasn't stopped director Julian... More >>

  • Arctic Tale

    published July 17, 2007

    A smarmy score, some orgiastic farting from a herd of walruses, and a modicum of cutesy anthropomorphism from narrator Queen Latifah prove a small... More >>

  • Moliére

    published July 17, 2007

    Like many geniuses of comedy, Frances's pre-eminent 17th-century playwright always felt like a tragedian manqué, a vanity that, had he... More >>

  • In Search of Mozart

    published July 10, 2007

    Wolfgang Amadeus gets lionized—and somewhat embalmed—in this solemn Festschrift by British filmmaker Phil Grabsky. At two hours plus,... More >>

  • My Best Friend

    published July 3, 2007

    Light, airy, and sweet, Patrice Leconte's latest comedy swings his favorite premise—fruitful encounters between opposites—away from... More >>

  • License to Wed

    published June 26, 2007

    A blitzed-looking man stumbling out of a screening of this dreadful excuse for an unromantic comedy volunteered that the best part of the movie... More >>

  • Blah-Blah Sisterhood

    published June 19, 2007

    Parked uneasily between sensitive indie and studio chick-flick, Lajos Koltai's Evening makes star-studded hash of Susan Minot's beautifully... More >>

  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    published May 29, 2007

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

  • Crime and Punishment

    published May 29, 2007

    Albert Pierrepoint, the Lancashire grocery deliveryman who doubled as England's most prolific and self-effacing executioner between 1934 and... More >>

  • 'Surf's Up'

    published May 29, 2007

    The cash-cow flippered ones rise again, this time as yellow-tufted surfer dudes riding the waves of life off the coast of an island that looks... More >>

  • '9 Star Hotel'

    published May 15, 2007

    The heavy irony implied in the title of Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar's vérité documentary barely covers the dire living conditions of... More >>

  • 'Shrek the Third'

    published May 8, 2007

    Our stinky ogre grows flabbier by the sequel, and this time around we find him reeling from the death of his froggy father-in-law and the prospect... More >>

  • Mormons: They're Just Like Us

    published May 1, 2007

    Three noisy women and a worn-out premise rattle around in Georgia Rule, an incoherent dramedy of rampant parental insufficiency from... More >>

  • Memory Loss

    published April 24, 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 >>

  • 'Next'

    published April 24, 2007

    Orchestrated by evildoers from hostile quarters of the global village, a nuclear holocaust looms over Los Angeles. This ought to ease traffic, but... More >>

  • 'Diggers'

    published April 17, 2007

    A death in the family forces Hunt (Paul Rudd), a Long Island clam digger, to face up to his becalmed existence in Katherine Dieckmann’s... More >>

  • 'Snow Cake'

    published April 17, 2007

    In the kooky little Canadian town of Wawa, a stranger knocks on the door of an autistic woman to break the news that her daughter was killed while... More >>

  • 'Lonely Hearts'

    published April 3, 2007

    Slipped into release with an ominous lack of fanfare, this star-studded noir thriller is a halfhearted attempt to recast The Honeymoon... More >>

  • 'Red Road'

    published April 3, 2007

    Like all voyeurs, Jackie (Kate Dickie), a gaunt young woman surrounded by the chilly fog of the horribly lonely, lacks a life to call her own... More >>

  • BookScam

    published March 27, 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 >>

  • 'Beyond the Gates'

    published February 27, 2007

    It's easy to sneer at the current vogue for movies bemoaning the agony of Africa, a continent whose troubles show up on our radar in large measure... More >>

  • Culture Clash

    published February 27, 2007

    Packed with female book club members, a screening of Mira Nair's The Namesake left no doubt about the film's target audience—yet it... More >>

  • 'Full of It'

    published February 27, 2007

    New Line Cinema hones in on the youth market with Christian Charles's strenuously edgy take on a hoary old teen-comedy standby: High school dweeb... More >>

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