Kenneth Turan

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Movie Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

Friday, September 16, 2016

There has already been a high-profile documentary about Edward Snowden. Now comes a drama from a filmmaker known for dramatizing the Vietnam war and the Kennedy assassination.


Movie Review: Paramount Remakes The MGM Classic 'Ben-Hur'

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?


Movie Review: 'Jason Bourne,' A Thriller For Our Times

Friday, July 29, 2016

In Jason 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.


Movie Review: 'Our Little Sister'

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.


Movie Review: 'Finding Dory' Is No Game-Changer

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.


Theaters Welcome Another Superhero Movie: 'Captain America: Civil War'

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.


'Midnight Special' Promises A Smart, Dark Sci-Fi Thriller

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.


Movie Review: 'Hail, Caesar!'

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: Hail, Caesar!


'Joy' Sinks Into A Morass As Its Protagonist Faces Irritating Obstacles

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.


After Years Of Anticipation, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Opens Tonight

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.


'Big Short' Is A Funny Movie About 2008's Housing Market Collapse

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.


'Youth' Is A Meditation On Life's Wonders And Complications

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.


Not Just Another Boxing Movie. 'Creed' Has Cred

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.


Movie Review: 'Carol'

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.


Movie Review: 'Spotlight'

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.


'Our Brand Is Crisis' Stalls And Stumbles

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.


Watching 'Room' Is Exhausting And Exhilarating

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.


'Steve Jobs' Is Not A Standard Biopic

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 Steve Jobs.


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."