Kenneth Turan

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'Southpaw' Throws Some Familiar Punches

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic, Kenneth Turan, reviews "Southpaw," a new movie about a boxing champion starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua.


'Minions' Get A Movie Of Their Own

Friday, July 10, 2015

If you saw either of the very popular Despicable Me movies, you know who the yellow, capsule-shaped Minions creatures are. They've moved from sidekicks to stars in the cleverly titled movie Minions.


Dinosaur Franchise Reboots; It's Time For 'Jurassic World'

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two decades ago, a massive dinosaur movie stomped into theaters, crushing the summer blockbuster competition.The fourth film in the franchise is Jurassic World.


Movie Review: 'Testament Of Youth'

Friday, June 05, 2015

The British drama is based on the best-selling World War I memoir of Vera Brittain, who gives up her studies at Oxford to enlist as a nurse in the war.


Movie Review: 'San Andreas'

Friday, May 29, 2015

Earthquakes in California have always interested moviemakers, from San Francisco in 1936 to Earthquake in 1974. Now comes San Andreas, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.


Pixar's 'Inside Out' Gets A Lot Of Buzz At Cannes Film Festival

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One of the films that is premiering at Cannes and that is getting a lot of attention is the latest animated feature from Pixar: Inside Out. Son of Saul and Carol are also getting a lot of buzz.


Avenger's Sequel: Overloads On Action, Plot Is Weak

Friday, May 01, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is proficient at delivering superhero thrills for those who need them. While this movie may be effective moment to moment, very little of it lingers in the mind afterwards.


Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's taken 7 years for the best-selling literary thriller Child 44 to make it to the screen. It's set in the Soviet Union in the last days of Josef Stalin and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.


'Ex Machina': Standout Sci-Fi Film About Artificial Intelligence

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ex Machina is a smart film that's both futuristic and completely plausible. It's capable of thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. It's written and directed by Alex Garland.


Documentary Spotlights 'Wrecking Crew' Behind Hits of '60s, '70s

Friday, March 13, 2015

Director Denny Tedesco began filming in 1996 when his father, Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was diagnosed with cancer. Many of the people he talked to, including his father, have since died.


Being Unoriginal Is Not The Biggest Problem For 'Chappie'

Friday, March 06, 2015

Chappie is the new film from director Neil Blomkamp about a robot that becomes humanity's last hope. It echoes everything from Dr. Frankenstein's creation to the Tin Man in The Wizzard of Oz.


Belfast Thriller '71' Combines Action And Emotional Authenticity

Friday, February 27, 2015

The film depicts Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971. It was a year when the Troubles, the bitter conflict between the Catholic IRA and the Protestant Loyalists, turned violent.


Good Acting, Directing And Story Make 'McFarland USA' Effective

Friday, February 20, 2015

McFarland USA is an apologetically inspirational Disney sports movie. Kevin Costner plays a coach who starts a high school cross-country team of Mexican-American kids in California's Central Valley.


Publishing Phenomenon 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Hits The Big Screen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is an R-rated fairy tale, a kind of Cinderella tale with restraints. It's about as believable as Jack and the Beanstalk but considerably kinkier in intent.


'Jupiter Ascending' Displays Wachowksi Siblings' Success, Weakness

Friday, February 06, 2015

If you know science fiction filmmaking, you know the name Wachowski. Siblings Larry and Lana Wachowski have been working in that field since The Matrix in 1999.


'Red Army' Profiles How Cold War Played Out On Ice

Friday, January 23, 2015

The new documentary is not a film about Soviet-era military machines. It is the story of the legendary Soviet hockey team of the 1970s and 80s โ€” one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports.


Movie Review: 'Song Of The Sea'

Friday, January 09, 2015

Song of the Sea by Irish director Tomm Moore is a wonder to behold. It's a stunning example of hand-drawn animation, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend.


'A Most Violent Year' Captures You And Doesn't Let Go

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The new film A Most Violent Year is written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The crime drama starring Jessica Chastain takes place in New York City in 1981, one of the city's most violent years.


'Unbroken' Skips Over Louis Zamperini's Post-War Struggles

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The movie is based on the 2010 nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand about a U.S. Olympic track star who survives a plane crash during World War II only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese.


To Enjoy 'Exodus,' Don't Take It As Seriously As It Takes Itself

Friday, December 12, 2014

Director Ridley Scott's take on the story of Moses is half solemn, half silly โ€” and not so far an evolution from Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments as it would like to believe.