Kenneth Turan

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Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly

Friday, April 04, 2014

The latest documentary from filmmaker Errol Morris is called The Unknown Known. It is an interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Morris also directed Fog of War.


'Vivian Maier' Zooms In On Nanny Who Was An Amazing Photographer

Friday, March 28, 2014

Finding Vivan Maier traces the life of a nanny who left behind a cache of 100,000 photos that earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the best American street photographers.


'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Ken Turan reviews "Divergent," a sci-fi adventure about a world in which people are divided into groups representing a particular virtue — bravery, for example. It is based on the young adult novels by Veronica Roth.


Documentary Reveals A Different Side Of Elaine Stritch

Friday, March 07, 2014

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is a documentary about the celebrated Broadway singer and actress filmed as she approached her 87th birthday. She first appeared on Broadway in 1944.


Action Hero Liam Neeson Stars In 'Non-Stop'

Friday, February 28, 2014

The crisp and efficient thriller Non-Stop benefits from the intangibles that Liam Neeson brings to the role of a U.S. air marshal dealing with a nightmare scenario.


'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic'

Monday, February 24, 2014

Child's Pose sounds like something elementary and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, a ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, is anything but simple.


A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book fans can be picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. How does a new movie of Marc Helprin's Winter's Tale fare? (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Feb. 17.)


Dench Makes Resolution In 'Philomena' Worth Waiting For

Friday, November 29, 2013

We're heading into Oscar season, and one name that seems to be on everyone's lips this year is Judy Dench. The actress stars in Philomena. It starts out like a comedy, but the more serious it gets, the more involving it becomes.


Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special'

Friday, November 08, 2013

"To see The Wind Rises is to both marvel at the work of Hayao Miyazaki and regret that this film is likely his last," says critic Kenneth Turan. Inspired by the life of a brilliant aircraft designer, it's quintessential Miyazaki: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.


'Ender's Game' Movie Shows Hero's Lasting Appeal

Friday, November 01, 2013

Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game has been a touchstone for teenage readers for nearly 30 years. Critic Kenneth Turan says a new film version shows why Ender, the story's hero, is so appealing to young people.


Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak

Friday, October 25, 2013

The new movie The Counselor was written by acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy. Critic Kenneth Turan says he's better off sticking to writing books.


New Documentary Tells The Story Of J.D. Salinger's Life

Monday, September 09, 2013

Few writers loom larger in the literary world than the late J.D. Salinger, whose The Catcher in the Rye has sold more than 60 million copies. Salinger spent the first part of his life lusting after literary success and the rest of it recoiling in horror at the consequences of his passion.


'Short Term 12' Reflects Difficulties Of Group Home Life

Friday, August 23, 2013

Short Term 12, starring Brie Larsen, is about a young woman who works in a group home for teens in the foster care system. Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton worked in a group home just out of college. His gift for character makes us like his people immediately.


Movie Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Friday, August 16, 2013

The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents.


Director Blomkamp Follows Up 'Ditrict 9' With 'Elysium'

Friday, August 09, 2013

The film District 9 was one of the surprise hits of 2009 because it was a rare action movie that addressed issues in a smart way. Now its writer-director, Neill Blomkamp, is back with Elysium. A car thief must get to the healing machines on space station Elysium if he wants to live.


'Europa Report': Small-Budget Film, Big-Picture Questions

Friday, August 02, 2013

These days, science fiction movies are often expensive extravaganzas designed to be blockbusters. Europa Report was made on a small budget, but it asks the big questions that the best science fiction poses.


'The Wolverine' Grumbles All The Way

Friday, July 26, 2013

The X-Men comic books have made their way back into movie theaters. The Wolverine stars actor Hugh Jackman playing the superhuman role for his sixth time.


'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects

Friday, July 12, 2013

The big movie opening this week is Pacific Rim. Morning Edition's critic says that it has plenty of explosions and special effects — but there's more to it than most blockbusters this summer.


'White House Down' Is Packed With Continuous Action

Friday, June 28, 2013

The new movie White House Down is about terrorists trying to take down the White House. The idea is so completely ridiculous, says critic Kenneth Turan, that it's actually entertaining.


Movie Review: 'World War Z'

Friday, June 21, 2013

In World War Z, Bradd Pitt saves the world from a zombie apocalypse. When Pitt's character gets stuck in a Philadelphia traffic jam with his family, that's when the apocalypse begins.