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2007 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Best Movies of 2007

    published December 27, 2007

    1. There Will Be Blood: The Texas tea bubbles up from the ground like primordial blood at the beginning of Paul Thomas Anderson's... More >>

  • Sorry State of Affairs

    published December 6, 2007

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

  • Small Wonder

    published November 15, 2007

    Midway through the amiable children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium comes a speech that writer-director Zach Helm probably... More >>

  • Dull Roar

    published November 8, 2007

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

  • Sleuth

    published October 25, 2007

    Kenneth Branagh's ferociously arty, vacuous remake of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1972 screen version of Anthony Shaffer's 1970 stage play pares the... More >>

  • Across the Universe

    published September 20, 2007

    After Hair and the mass marketing of tie-dye, can the Sixties be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed, here comes that nervous... More >>

  • Arctic Tale

    published August 23, 2007

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

  • Friends with Benefits

    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 >>

  • Now Playing

    published July 5, 2007

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

  • Now Playing

    published June 7, 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 >>

  • Ogreload

    published May 17, 2007

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

  • Waitress

    published May 17, 2007

    Impossible though it is to watch Adrienne Shelly's posthumously released comedy without thinking of the actress-writer-director's gruesome murder... More >>

  • Next

    published May 3, 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 >>

  • Meet the Robinsons

    published April 5, 2007

    Sharply adapted from the William Joyce book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, this speedy animated film features Lewis (voiced by Daniel Hansen... More >>

  • Close to Home

    published February 15, 2007

    Close to Home With at least the virtue of novelty on its side, Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager's debut outing... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published January 11, 2007

    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 >>

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