Kenneth Turan

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'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.


'Rover' Blends Quiet Character Moments Amid Societal Collapse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Rover is a bleak film set in a very particular future. It's 10 years after a world-wide economic collapse, and the Australian outback is populated by unhinged people exhausted by heat and despair.


'Foxcatcher' A Standout At Cannes Film Festival

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Directed by Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, is getting Oscar buzz. This is a straight dramatic role for Carrell. It tells the story of the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.


'Million Dollar Arm' Delivers Ball-Park Size Enjoyment

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lots of films are based on true stories, but film critic Kenneth Turan says Million Dollar Arm is especially endearing. The film stars Jon Hamm of Mad Men and is directed by Craig Gillespie.


'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis.


'Locke' Is More Involving Than Recent Hollywood Extravaganzas

Friday, April 25, 2014

The innovative drama directed by Steven Knight takes place over the course of a tense, riveting car ride. Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.


'Transcendence': Latest Sci-Fi Movie About Artificial Intelligence

Monday, April 21, 2014

Transcendence is an ambitious and provocative film about the perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that is intriguingly balanced between being a warning and a celebration.


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.