Kenneth Turan appears in the following:
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.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Second movies in a series can be such a comfort: we already know the key characters, we have a sense of where the plot is going — we just have to hang on and enjoy the thrills. Which is what happens with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The new film Frances Ha is a joint creation of star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote the screenplay. Morning Edition's reviewer says it is everything an American independent film is supposed to be — an incisive, thoughtful portrait of an original character.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, has been turned into a film five times. Morning Edition's reviewer says the latest version is nothing to brag about.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Iron Man 3 once again features Robert Downey Jr. as the tech-savvy superhero in red. Billionaire Tony Stark, who is uncharacteristically anxious since the events of 2012's The Avengers, must face down a domestic terrorist without backup from his friends.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Director Mira Nair's film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is based on a novel first published six years ago. But in the shocking aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the movie arrives amid intense debate on the alienation of immigrants in the U.S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Oblivion just might be the most expensive episode of The Twilight Zone ever made. The movie is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In 1947, April 15 was the first day Jackie Robinson played baseball as a Brooklyn Dodger. The new movie 42 tells the story of how he integrated Major League Baseball.