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2009 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Year in Film: One from the Heart

    published December 24, 2009

    Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children's movie Surf's Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of an... More >>

  • All's Well That Ends Well

    published December 10, 2009

    Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there's this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial... More >>

  • A Very CGI Christmas

    published November 5, 2009

    It's not hard to see how the director of Forrest Gump would be thought a good fit to adapt the dearly beloved (and much lampooned) Dickens... More >>

  • Bad for the Jews

    published October 15, 2009

    The Yiddish shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie — a Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not... More >>

  • The Awful Truth

    published October 1, 2009

    The ushers at a packed screening of Michael Moore's latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, came proudly decked out in T-shirts... More >>

  • Mr. Blood Red, Vol. 2

    published August 27, 2009

    Seventeen years ago, when Reservoir Dogs was setting American cinema on fire, Quentin Tarantino drove up to his favorite watering hole, a... More >>

  • Free Willy. Seriously.

    published August 6, 2009

    Late in the infectiously frisky documentary The Cove, an older man calmly gate-crashes an international conference on whaling... More >>

  • Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks

    published May 14, 2009

    At the tail end of The Da Vinci Code, having traipsed around scenic Paris and London for over two hours to find out whether the Holy... More >>

  • A Disciplined Duet

    published April 23, 2009

    The Soloist opens with newspapers thudding onto lawns, a quaint sight that makes the movie practically a period piece, even... More >>

  • Everlasting Moments Looks Great, But it's Ultimately a Missed Photo Op

    published April 2, 2009

    Lovely to look at but too slow and deliberate to get lost in, Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments is a tribute to still photography... More >>

  • Nobody Wins in James Gray's Ridiculous Two Lovers

    published February 26, 2009

    If Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a lovelorn bachelor in James Gray's Two Lovers, were 12 years old, the movie might make a touching, if... More >>

  • We're just not that into He's Just Not That Into You

    published February 5, 2009

    The smirky, overbearing and subliminally hostile romantic primer He's Just Not That Into You — which sold a regrettable two... More >>

  • From Reverence to Rape in Defiance

    published January 15, 2009

    Will there be a special Academy Award for Best Aryan Costume Design this year? Everywhere you turn in the movies, it's swastika flags and SS... More >>

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