Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan appears in the following:

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Opens Where 'Catching Fire' Ended

Friday, November 21, 2014

The final novel of the trilogy has been cut into two pictures. This one is a placeholder film. It exists to smooth the transition from its successful predecessors to a glorious concluding part.


Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater': The Serious Side Of Comedy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Written and directed by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, the film tells the true story of an American journalist covering Iran's 2009 election, who was detained and tortured by Iranian authorities.


'Interstellar' Is Christopher Nolan's Space-Time Epic

Friday, November 07, 2014

Earlier generations of science fiction fretted about nuclear radiation or alien invasion. What powers Interstellar is an up-to-date concern about the viability of Earth as home for the human race.


Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the "nocturnal underbelly" of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.


Message From Documentary 'Citizenfour': Be Afraid (Of Surveillance)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ken Turan reviews the documentary Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.


Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

Monday, October 20, 2014

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.


Journalist Gary Webb's Story Told In 'Kill The Messenger'

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of a reporter at the San Jose Mercury-News who uncovers the CIA's role in arming the Nicaraguan Contras, then becomes the target of a smear campaign.


'Equalizer' Devotes Time To Character Development, Graphic Violence

Monday, September 29, 2014

When Denzel Washington and director Anton Fuqua collaborated on 2001's Training Day, the film won Washington an Oscar and changed the trajectory of his career. They're together again in The Equalizer.


Movie Review: 'Last Days In Vietnam'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Director Rory Kennedy's documentary isn't an examination of the rights or wrongs of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, but a thrilling narrative told with first-person stories of the war's chaotic end.


Movie Review: 'God Help The Girl'

Friday, September 05, 2014

God Help the Girl is a classic movie musical. The film is about the Glasgow music scene written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, frontman for the Scottish group Belle and Sebastian.


'Life Of Crime' Has Authentic Elmore Leonard Snap

Friday, August 29, 2014

The late author wrote close to 50 novels, and several of them, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight, were made into films. His 1978 book The Switch has been turned into a film called Life of Crime.


Romance Fans Will Fall For Characters In 'If I Stay'

Friday, August 22, 2014

If I Stay is based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman. Chloë Grace Moretz plays a 17-year-old girl, in a coma after a car wreck, who has to choose between life or death.


'Giver' Fans Likely To Be Disappointed By Movie's Pace

Monday, August 18, 2014

The new movie The Giver stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It's an adaptation of the young adult novel by Lois Lowry about a world where emotion and feeling have been done away with.


Movie Review: 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Films that mix food and romance have become a staple of recent movie-making. The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, is the latest example.


Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency

Friday, August 01, 2014

CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.


James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up': Heroic Acting In A Disjointed Film

Friday, August 01, 2014

Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan reviews "Get On Up," a biopic about James Brown. Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul.


'Most Wanted Man' A Worthy Addition To Le Carre's Film Adaptations

Friday, July 25, 2014

The novels of John le Carre have been reliable sources of compelling cinema. The new adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles.


Movie Review: 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you want apes, you've come to the right place. The latest in the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, shows us masses of intelligent apes swarming the screen as masters of all they survey.


Carney's 'Begin Again' Doesn't Match His Hit 'Once'

Friday, June 27, 2014

Begin Again is the latest effort by John Carney. This film and his previous Once have so much in common that you can't help asking yourself, "Can lightning strike twice?"


Clint Eastwood Takes 'Jersey Boys' From Broadway To Movie Theaters

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jersey Boys is based on the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The film deals with the group's turbulent relationships away from the studio as much as the music that flowed out of it.