Kenneth Turan

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In 'The Martian,' Matt Damon Tries To Make It Back From The Red Planet

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.


'Black Mass,' Starring Johnny Depp, Leads Off Fall Movie Season

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."


'Meet The Patels' Makes You Think And Laugh, Critic Says

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.


Movie Review: 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine'

Friday, September 04, 2015

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney has a new subject. After films on Enron, Scientology and WikiLeaks, he examines the life of Steve Jobs, one of technology's most influential figures.


Movie Review: 'The Second Mother'

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Brazilian movie, The Second Mother, is a film about the unspoken class barriers that exist within a home that come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.


Speechless Sheep Leads A Cheeky Menagerie In 'Wallace And Gromit' Spinoff

Friday, August 07, 2015

Shaun the Sheep, a character from the stop-motion animation films, now has his own movie โ€” an absurd and unstoppably amusing feature.


Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Mission Impossible franchise has been good to Tom Cruise โ€” raking in more than $2 billion in world-wide box office receipts. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the fifth film in the series.


'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.