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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2016) "An involving and exciting inside look at some of the most middle-of-nowhere outdoors art ever made, "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art" is a brief 72-minute documentary that covers a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
98% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "Serious and moving but also with a bleaker than bleak Scandinavian sense of humor, "Rams" is so much its own film that figuring out where its unusual, unpredictable plot will end up is difficult if not impossible. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "A hipster mash note to the way things used to be, it will put a smile on your face and keep it there for the duration. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
59% The Finest Hours (2016) "Before scoffers scoff, realize that this tale of nautical derring-do has several things going for it to counteract the inherent obviousness of the material. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "The film wants us to feel, as one of the men they protect says, "I'm proud to know Americans like you," but we're never really given the opportunity. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% The Treasure (2016) "Deadpan, determinedly low key and deeply absurd, the films of Corneliu Porumboiu are very much a particular taste, and "The Treasure" is no different. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
63% Concussion (2015) "Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
60% Joy (2015) "Lawrence ... thrives here, but even her skill and determination can't stabilize a film that goes off in any number of directions and rarely feels confident about the kind of story it wants to be telling. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
82% The Revenant (2015) ""The Revenant" is a classic B picture fortified with all manner of Grade A resources. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
96% 45 Years (2015) ""45 Years" is a quietly explosive film, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 23, 2015
95% Son of Saul (2015) "No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Though a definite improvement on the last three abortive "Star Wars" prequels... "The Force Awakens" is only at its best in fits and starts, its success dependent on who of its mix of franchise veterans and first-timers is on the screen. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 16, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) "A funny, energetic and self-aware film that manages to entertain without diluting the complications - or the gravity - of its subject matter. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) ""She went where the wind took her," Pia Lindström says, and this revealing film shows where those destinations were. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
73% Youth (2015) "Quixotic, idiosyncratic, effortlessly moving, it's as much a cinematic essay as anything else, a meditation on the wonders and complications of life, an examination of what lasts, of what matters to people no matter their age. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "Opinions about film are thick on the ground these days, but intelligent discussion is, as always, at a premium. Which is why it's such a joy to welcome "Hitchcock/Truffaut" to the screen. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
70% The Danish Girl (2015) "It frankly takes a while to unpack its themes and gain our interest, but it finally allows us to unmistakably experience the powerful drives that motivate the action. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2015
77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) ""The Good Dinosaur" is antic and unexpected as well as homiletic, rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
94% Creed (2015) "Within the inevitable boundaries of a venerable franchise, Coogler and company do fine work convincing us against our better judgment that nothing we see is preordained, that anything can happen within the four corners of the ring. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is exactly what you would expect from its ungainly title, and that turns out to be not quite enough. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
93% Carol (2015) "As its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions that all the best movie love stories create. And make no mistake, "Carol" belongs in that group. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) ""Spotlight" is mightily impressive not only because of the importance of the story it tells but also because of how much effort and skill went into bringing it to the screen in the best possible way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) "Craig's expression is so unchanging it might as well be chiseled out of stone, and his emotionally uninvolved performance is similarly lacking in nuance. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 4, 2015
98% Brooklyn (2015) "A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, "Brooklyn" illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) ""Burnt" is overcooked. If that sounds like a glib way to describe an entertainment about the comeback of a celebrity chef, it's also perfectly suited to a movie that wears its glossiness as a badge of honor. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
100% India's Daughter (2015) "Though it lasts only 63 minutes, this documentary's impact is devastating. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Like the politicians and political consultants it mocks, "Our Brand Is Crisis" doesn't completely deliver on what it promises. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
91% Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers) (1960) ""Rocco and His Brothers" is a film both authentic and ambitious, a classic that is as adept at telling individual stories as it is in drawing larger parallels from them. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) "Though ably acted and indisputably on the side of the angels, "Suffragette" as directed by Sarah Gavron is more dead-on earnest and schematic than it needs to be. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
96% Room (2015) ""Room" is several things by turn: creepy, frightening, exhilarating and then frightening and exhilarating all over again. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) ""Bridge of Spies" is a consummate professional's tribute to a gifted amateur, a smooth entertainment with a strong but subtle political subtext that's both potent and unexpected. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
95% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) ""Winter on Fire" never takes its eye off the story's underlying and very dramatic theme, and that would be nothing less than revolution. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
81% Victoria (2015) "Given how much time and effort went into "Victoria," it would be nice to be able to say that the film's story is every bit as involving as its camerawork, but that is not the case. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) "A smart, hugely entertaining film that all but bristles with crackling creative energy. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
91% 99 Homes (2015) "Bahrani's latest film, "99 Homes," an examination of the crisis in bank foreclosures and repossessed homes in the guise of a thriller, is his best yet, largely because of a dynamite performance by co-star Michael Shannon ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) "What starts out alternately comic and catastrophic ends in unforeseen poignancy in "Finders Keepers," a documentary that proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Way stranger. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
47% Freeheld (2015) "You would have to be a stone to be completely unmoved by "Freeheld," especially with Moore as the star. But having its heart and mind in the right place is not enough to make this a better movie than it is. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) "Damon is as likable an American actor as we have and ideally cast to convey the pleasing self-confidence and intrepid sense of humor that characterized Watney in the book. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "It would be swell if all of "The Walk" came together as beautifully as the computer effects do, but it would also be churlish not to appreciate what we do have. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
96% #DEL Do Not Merge "What starts out alternately comic and catastrophic ends in unforeseen poignancy in "Finders Keepers," a documentary that proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Way stranger. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Nelson understands the play of outsized personalities and unexpected events, and he's helped that enough time has passed for former Panthers to feel comfortable telling their stories, especially to someone of Nelson's stature in the documentary world. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
72% Everest (2015) "As it turns out, Imax 3-D works better for yaks than it does for people. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "A bleak, claustrophobic based-on-fact film that draws us completely into a dark world of crime and complicity. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
70% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) ""Pawn Sacrifice" is a solid and entertaining addition to the Fischer film canon. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2015
86% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) ""A Brilliant Young Mind" is not the film you think it is. It's better. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
74% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Given what it attempts, "Time Out of Mind" should be considered a success. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
84% Meet The Patels (2015) "It turned one man's culturally specific journey into a lively and engaging universal story made with an unmistakable sense of fun. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Gibney is certainly good at what he does, and "Steve Jobs" is at its best in providing a brisk summation of the man's life. Or, more accurately, lives, for Jobs seemed to have been more people than one would have thought possible. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) ""The Second Mother" is a satisfying contradiction. It's a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2015
100% Forbidden Games (2015) "With its mixture of tones, its multiple plot focuses and its singular use of the virtuosity of Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes on the soundtrack, it is very much its own film. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2015
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