Kenneth Turan appears in the following:
Friday, August 19, 2016
In 1959, Charlton Heston starred in Oscar-winning movie
Ben-Hur. The question is: Why take another turn at making a film that defined epic when it was released, and was itself a remake?
Friday, July 29, 2016
ason Bourne, the latest in the secret agent series starring Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass presents a thriller relevant to today's world, says Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
Friday, July 08, 2016
Japanese dramas don't get the publicity of that country's animated films but our reviewer says there is a new drama that deserves our attention. He says
Our Little Sister must be seen to be believed.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pixar's sequel to
Finding Nemo opens 13 years later and it's called Finding Dory. In it, Nemo's friend Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, goes on a quest to find her parents.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Captain America: Civil War is the latest offering from the Marvel universe and it's a thriller with strong political themes. It already opened overseas and has brought in more than $200 million.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Jeff Nichols has made a few other films, but his latest,
Midnight Special, is him moving up to another level — reminiscent of Steven Spielberg, says our film critic.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Joel and Ethan Coen — better known as the Coen Brothers — have brought moviegoers some of the most distinctive, quirky movies of the last three decades. They are back in theaters with:
Friday, December 25, 2015
The last two films by writer-director David O. Russell,
Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, had 18 Oscar nominations between them. So anticipation is high for his new film, Joy.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. The evil Empire has been replaced by the even more ruthless First Order, and the Republic continues to fight the good fight.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Directed by Adam McKay, and based on Michael Lewis' book about the economic meltdown,
The Big Short stars Brad Pitt. The film contains so much information and comedy, it would be fun to see it twice.
Friday, December 04, 2015
Paolo Sorrentino's film is set in a Swiss spa that functions as a landlocked "Ship of Fools" — allowing us to follow several characters during their stay.
Youth stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Creed is billed as a Rocky spinoff but it's actually something more interesting. It's a spiritual remake of the 1976 film that retells the original story in an unexpected and involving way.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Director Todd Haynes has adopted a 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel about a divorcing woman who meets a young shop assistant. It's a love story that stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Friday, November 06, 2015
The new movie
Spotlight is about the team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe that broke the story of sexual abuse in Boston's Catholic Archdiocese.
Friday, October 30, 2015
The political comedy
Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock as an American campaign strategist hired to work for a Bolivian presidential candidate. Critic Kenneth Turan has this review.
Friday, October 16, 2015
The movie is based on Emma Donoghue's best-selling book about a woman who's been kidnapped and had to raise her son in captivity.
Room is directed by Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Another movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is in theaters. It is inspired by the best-selling biography that came out in 2011. The new biopic is simply called
Friday, October 02, 2015
Director Ridley Scott's new movie, "The Martian," stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. He must fend for himself on the Red Planet. Film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Black Mass is based on the life of Whitey Bulger, the notorious South Boston organized crime boss. Johnny Depp's portrayal is described as "some of the best, most chilling work he's done in awhile."
Friday, September 11, 2015
Meet the Patels began as a home movie and ended up a warm and funny feature. It is a humorous new documentary about a first generation Indian-American man trying to find a wife.