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2008 Stories by Ella Taylor

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  • Disney's Bolt Is a Starry Dog Story

    published November 20, 2008

    With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of... More >>

  • Angelina Jolie in Changeling

    published October 30, 2008

    On a double bill with L.A. Confidential, Chinatown, or almost any film made after 1970 about institutional corruption in Los... More >>

  • The Secret Life of Bees

    published October 16, 2008

    A young woman fights off her brutal husband; a gun goes off; a marble spins on the floor where a toddler sits unattended. From B-movie... More >>

  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua

    published October 9, 2008

    Undersize lapdogs make me grumpy even when they don't talk, wear pink booties, and shop Rodeo Drive. So I came to Beverly Hills... More >>

  • Anne Hathaway Shines in Rachel Getting Married

    published October 2, 2008

    Those who believe that Jonathan Demme went all soft with Philadelphia and never recovered might not be reassured by his latest movie, an... More >>

  • Thank You for the Music

    published July 17, 2008

    I've always enjoyed ABBA — not in that post-hoc, so-bad-it's good hip way, but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day,... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published June 26, 2008

    Mike Myers likes ice hockey. He also likes Deepak Chopra, a little too much. So he pulled together a bit of hockey and a whole lot of Chopra... More >>

  • Life with Father

    published June 19, 2008

    Nothing snaps a child's head around quite like a dying parent, especially when the parent is a cantankerous old sod like Arthur Morrison (Jim... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published June 12, 2008

    By all means, gather up the little ones and take them to this perfectly pleasant, very good-looking, modestly funny, dispiritingly unoriginal... More >>

  • Hairpiece in the Middle East

    published June 5, 2008

    Behold Adam Sandler, in a passable Israeli accent and outsize codpiece, as Zohan the Mossad superheavy: catching barbecue fish in his butt... More >>

  • Cheap Sex

    published May 29, 2008

    Oh, please — spoiler alert? Fine, I won't tell you whether Carrie Bradshaw ties the knot with Mr. Big, even though you've already seen... More >>

  • Prince (Less) Charming

    published May 15, 2008

    "Things never happen the same way twice." Thus boometh Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson), alias the Son of God, briefly popping his... More >>

  • Far from Heaven

    published March 27, 2008

    Film noir and melodrama cast a long shadow over Ira Sachs's look back at the rotting heart of the Fifties nuclear family, but his movie rarely... More >>

  • Kids These Days

    published February 21, 2008

    Like most wannabe heroes of the eager-to-please teen comedy, poor little rich boy Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is too charming by half and... More >>

  • More Adventures in Gangsterland

    published February 14, 2008

    No celebrity hairdresser should ever be allowed near Colin Farrell's eyebrows with a tweezer. Black, fluffy, and gloriously unilateral, they... More >>

  • Starting Out in the Evening

    published February 7, 2008

    Faithful in style and spirit to the award-winning novel by Brian Morton, Andrew Wagner's wise, observant, and exquisitely tacit chamber piece... More >>

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