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2007 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • The Year In Film

    published December 27, 2007

    Absolutely, unequivocally, this has been The Year of The Apatow: Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of $150 million (at the box office... More >>

  • The Savages

    published December 27, 2007

    Simmering below the squeamish elder-care euphemism "uncharted territory" is a fearful awareness that when it comes to dealing with the growing... More >>

  • The Kite Runner

    published December 20, 2007

    Kites fly high over San Francisco Bay and Kabul (okay, China), but not much else soars in Marc Forster's flaccid adaptation of Khaled... More >>

  • Atonement

    published December 6, 2007

    Rereading Ian McEwan's Atonement last weekend, my first thought was: I hope to God that Joe Wright — whose broadly grinning... More >>

  • Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

    published November 15, 2007

    Midway through the amiable children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, there comes a speech that I'll wager writer-director... More >>

  • Lions for Lambs

    published November 8, 2007

    Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers, Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs may be the gabbiest movie ever made about... More >>

  • Sleuth

    published November 1, 2007

    Before he snagged the lead in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1972 screen version of Anthony Shaffer's 1970 stage play Sleuth, Laurence Olivier... More >>

  • Here, Baby, Here

    published November 1, 2007

    I hope people ask me, 'Where did you find that local actress?'" Ben Affleck told Amy Ryan when he cast her as a wreck of a single mother in his... More >>

  • Rendition

    published October 18, 2007

    Late in Rendition, in case you've been blind and deaf enough not to have cottoned to the drift, a tense Washington exchange on... More >>

  • The Bubble

    published October 11, 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... More >>

  • Across the Universe

    published October 4, 2007

    After Hair, Hairspray and the mass marketing of tie-dye, can the '60s be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed, here comes Julie Taymor... More >>

  • In the Valley of Elah

    published September 20, 2007

    Even the most adamantly antiwar movies about American soldiers returning from Vietnam — Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) and Oliver... More >>

  • Lady Chatterley

    published September 13, 2007

    The raciest thing I ever saw my mother do was read a brown-paper-covered Penguin edition of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover on... More >>

  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

    published July 19, 2007

    I wanted to hate I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, truly I did. Two straight guys pretending to be gay (insert fiscal excuse here);... More >>

  • Evening

    published June 28, 2007

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

  • La Vie En Rose

    published June 21, 2007

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

  • Shrek the Third

    published May 17, 2007

    Coming out of Shrek the Third, I asked the two smart pre-teen girls I had in tow what they had liked about the picture. Projectile... More >>

  • Georgia Rule

    published May 10, 2007

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

  • Away from Her

    published May 10, 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 >>

  • Avenue Montaigne

    published March 29, 2007

    Neutrally retitled from the more pertinent Orchestra Seats, Avenue Montaigne is a French soufflé of the old... More >>

  • The Namesake

    published March 22, 2007

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

  • Behind the Music

    published February 22, 2007

    Morally irreproachable and flat as a pancake, Michael Apted's Amazing Grace is set among bickering House of Commoners in... More >>

  • Miss Congeniality

    published January 4, 2007

    I am sorry to say that Peter did not feel very well that evening. His mother put him to bed and gave him a dose of chamomile tea. "One... More >>

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