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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Saving Banksy (2017) [A] lively, involving documentary ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet The Murder of Fred Hampton (2006) It's the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary "The Murder of Fred Hampton" is such a film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 18, 2017
75% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) It helps that, with co-director Teurlai serving as cinematographer, the filmmakers exhibit a refined and elegant eye for the kind of quiet loveliness that can be found in movement as well as stillness. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) "Monster" is almost too ambitious to be completely realized. But when it works, which is most of the time, its story has a power which lingers in the mind. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, "Hidden Figures" knows what it's doing. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
79% Patriots Day (2017) Whether they are celebrated filmmakers or ordinary folks, tragedy can bring out the best in people, and "Patriots Day" is the latest example of both sides of the equation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 20, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Sweet but inconsequential at its best, overly contrived at most other times, "Passengers" takes too long to get to its too inevitable plot points to truly entertain. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 20, 2016
79% Barry (2016) Always pleasant and companionable but a little pro forma in its early going, it gains in texture and interest as Obama's life and his reaction to it get more complex. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% Fences (2016) The combination of top acting and the powerful rhythm of the language in the drama's celebrated high spots absolutely holds us. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
78% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A classic wide-screen World War II epic but with a number of unsettling twists. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today even though its subject died almost 30 years ago. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
84% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) "He can shoot fast and make art," a friend says, and "Harry Benson: Shoot First" makes that point again and again. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) A smart and thoughtful examination of who the man was and how he got that way. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) A film whose subtle satisfactions very much sneak up on you. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Larraín told his producers he wouldn't do "Jackie" unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
88% On the Map (2016) Menkin has been especially thorough in telling this classic against-all-odds sports story. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
87% Lion (2016) "Lion" is blessed with a Ripley's Believe It or Not story line that would warm the heart of a stone. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
88% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Proving not for the first time that the worst of times can bring out the best is one of the things this strong documentary is all about. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) "The Red Turtle" is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there's more on its mind than simply beauty. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester By the Sea" is heartbreaking yet somehow heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) It is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many of these alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
No Score Yet Behind Bayonets And Barbed Wire (2016) It is a chance to see and hear these men, old and infirm though they are, that provides "Behind Bayonets" with its strongest moments. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Nichols and his team have made Loving as accurate as they could without making it feel like a copy of reality or compromising its considerable emotional impact. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Off the Rails (2016) [An] excellent documentary ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) As unlikely as it is enchanting, "The Eagle Huntress" tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2016
100% The Uncondemned (2016) What "The Uncondemned" convincingly demonstrates is the cumulative power of a small group of people with an intense passion for justice, idealists with practical experience whose belief in the power inherent in speaking the truth is not to be denied. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) What "Fire at Sea" appears to be and what it is are not the same thing, and it's that difference that makes it a masterful documentary. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) As presented on screen, none of this gels as it should. The plot is so confusing that it's hard to follow, even when it's being explained ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) This Reacher outing has its imperfections and its obstacles to overcome, but the strength of the character and the briskness of the action make it acceptable if you are in the mood. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
No Score Yet Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro (2016) Engrossing, unexpectedly moving ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" is magic. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) A rambling, mildly entertaining performance film recording a stand-up appearance Moore recently made in the heart of Trump country. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Snyder has chosen to make a documentary about collective grief. She's created a devastating cry from the heart of a crisis ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) [An] unusual, visually adventurous animated feature, simultaneously modern and steeped in Japanese culture and history. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) Watching Ben Affleck's Christian Wolff make numbers do his bidding as he grapples with a world he isn't completely at home in ... is so entertaining it's hard not to wonder if Warner Bros. has a sequel in the works. Wouldn't be a bad idea. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) It's set in the heart of the desert, but the disturbances of the quietly impressive "Sand Storm" rage not in the natural world but in the intimate corners of the human heart. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
97% 13th (2016) Everything in "13th" illuminates what is convincingly presented as a sad and tragic story that we are still living today. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "The Birth of a Nation" certainly has the power of conviction, but the grace of art escapes it. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
81% Denial (2016) Because Hare's script grapples with serious themes and singular events whose ramifications are still being felt, it is effective when it counts. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) "Long Way North" is a complete pleasure, a gorgeous piece of wide-screen animation that is as delightful as it is unexpected. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) Different viewers will come to different conclusions, but without doubt this strong documentary sheds a powerful light on this particular case while emphasizing the ultimate unknowability of absolute truth. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) Lots of documentaries these days will tell you to be afraid, to be very afraid, but few will scare you as coolly and as convincingly as "Command and Control." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Their story took further unlikely turns -- Shin produced Disney's "Three Ninjas," of all things -- but nothing to match their North Korea years. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
82% Tanna (2016) You will be surprised at the effectiveness of the drama, of the convincing story of forbidden love between two young people and how it plays out in this kind of a closed culture. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) A sense of lethargy hangs uneasily over the lumbering new version of "The Magnificent Seven." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
89% Fatima (2016) Honest, direct and dramatic without any sense of special pleading or situations pushed too hard. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) The music is so strong, and such a demonstration of how potent the group was in action, that it alone makes the film worth seeing. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Efficient and effective in Eastwood's experienced hands, "Sully" has interwoven a crisp and electric retelling of the story of the landing we know with a story we do not ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016