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Kenneth Turan

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Wolf at the Door (2015) " Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% While We're Young (2015) " This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% Orlando (1992) " Though visually impressive and assured, it is the hollowest of successes, all chic set design, smug posturing and self-satisfied attitude. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 23, 2015
31% Insurgent (2015) " A more effective, adult-friendly film than its predecessor. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) " "Hoffmann" is an immersive aesthetic experience best thought of as an art form all its own. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
92% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " Though their story has taken decades to reach the screen, it has been worth the wait. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
96% 1971 (2015) " "1971" is an appropriately matter-of-fact title for a decidedly low-key documentary. But don't mistake a lack of flash for an absence of substance. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
61% Run All Night (2015) " It's not only the strength of the acting that pulls us over bumps in the narrative, it's the crisp, streamlined direction of Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in the improbable "Non-Stop." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
97% The Crying Game (1992) " Suspenseful and emotionally complex, skillfully mixing politics with affairs of the heart, The Crying Game is something unexpected, a challenging new way to tell a very old story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 9, 2015
31% Chappie (2015) " "Chappie" is a movie about the evolution of artificial intelligence that's as dumb as a post. It also marks the continuing devolution of the work of director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
74% Deli Man (2015) " An unexpectedly charming documentary directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou that is warm and piquant as well as informative ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
90% The Hunting Ground (2015) " Fear of retaliation often keeps faculty and administration from speaking up for students or talking at all ... If it does nothing else, "The Hunting Ground" should make that kind of evasion more difficult in the future. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
97% '71 (2015) " A tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
100% Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946) " A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) " A canny combination of elements unites with an unlikely true story to make this more effective than you might be expecting. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
86% Ballet 422 (2015) " An intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " An unashamed and genially preposterous fairy tale, a kind of "Cinderella" with restraints, "50 Shades" is about as believable as "Jack and the Beanstalk," albeit considerably more kinky in intent. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " The universe that the writers-directors have created is so numbingly complex that keeping track of what is going on can cause headaches. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
92% Girlhood (2015) " Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
96% Red Army (2015) " Even if you know it's the story of a legendary hockey team and not the fierce Soviet-era military machine, you will be surprised by its sociopolitical and personal content and the engaging way it tells its story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
83% Zero Motivation (2014) " Divided into three loosely connected stories involving the same players, "Zero Motivation" is strongest in its characters and its connection to an Israeli reality we can feel even if we've never experienced it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) " Technology may have changed, cyber-crime may be all the rage, but the narrative song remains the same in films like this, and it's a tune this director knows by heart. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
98% Song Of The Sea (2014) " "Song of the Sea" is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
76% Beloved Sisters (2015) " As lengthy and passionate as a drawn-out kiss, "Beloved Sisters" is a beautifully made romantic drama set in 18th century Germany that's smart, sensual and emotionally resonant. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " "Something happens onstage," Cave says, "where you forget who you are and become someone else." As much as any documentary can, 20,000 Days on Earth allows us to bear witness to what goes on in that process. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) " Bleak and relentless as well as impeccably made, biblical in its name as well as its moral outrage at the powerlessness of the individual in the face of unchecked authority, "Leviathan" is dealing with nothing less than the current state of Russia's soul. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 30, 2014
99% Selma (2015) " "Selma" is a necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) " Despite its many impressive elements, "Unbroken" plays incomplete and unbalanced. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) " Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
100% The King and the Mockingbird (2014) " "The King and the Mockingbird" just might be the best animated film of the year. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) " J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and "Mr. Turner," the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
80% Batman Returns (1992) " [Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2014
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) " This is finally a film that is better at mood than substance, that has its strongest hold on you when it's making the least amount of sense. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2014
82% Difret " The compelling "Difret" is a small film with a lot on its mind. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " Whether you're familiar with Salgado's name and work or not, the documentary "The Salt of the Earth," a popular prize-winner at Cannes and on the Oscar shortlist, will be a revelation. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Scott is nothing if not a master orchestrator of chaos, and, both intentionally and otherwise, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" offers plenty of that. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
54% Pioneer (2014) " A brooding psychological drama where everything that happens is open to multiple interpretations and figuring out who if anyone is on your side gets harder and harder to do. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
89% Still Alice (2015) " Losing your mind is a terrible thing to watch, but the splendid acting in "Still Alice" makes it worth the pain. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
75% Once Upon a Time Veronica (2014) " "Veronica" is the kind of small film from a faraway country that would be easy not to notice as the waves of major studio releases crash onto theatrical shores. But that would be a pity. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2014
84% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) " "Antarctica" is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Good as he's been in the past ... the richness and complexity of Turing's character make this portrayal of an arrogant, difficult, sure-of-himself individual the role of Cumberbatch's career. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2014
88% Happy Valley (2014) " [A] thorough, thoughtful and disturbing documentary ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
88% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " It may sound like a standard-issue advocacy documentary concerned, as so many are, with the perils of global warming, but it's a lot more than that. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) " A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
75% Rosewater (2014) " Stewart acquits himself solidly, though not thrillingly, as a beginning director ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
91% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (2009) " "Le Jour Se Leve" is an exploration of the question of who we love and why and how we love them that is surprisingly fresh and involving. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Redmayne and Jones are beautifully compatible as Hawking and his then-wife Jane as they navigate the ebb and flow of 25 years of their relationship. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
93% Diplomacy (2014) " It's quite a triumph for Diplomacy in general and Schlöndorff's pinpoint filmmaking in particular to involve us as thoroughly as it does in the ebb and flow of their compelling conversation. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
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