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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Germans & Jews (2016) Don't let its deceptively simple title and brief 76-minute running time fool you. "Germans and Jews" is a nuanced look at a complicated situation that offers insights into the intricacies of the human condition. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
49% Star Trek Generations (1994) Fns of the series will no doubt be happy to see Kirk again under any circumstances, and if you hunger for the "Star Trek" experience, this will keep you nicely occupied. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) You may start to wonder when the last time an ensemble this good was placed in service of a script this thin. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
92% Howards End (1992) What sets "Howards End" apart is the complex emotional life of its characters. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
47% Complete Unknown (2016) An intriguing entertainment that's invigorated by smart filmmaking and potent acting by the virtuosic Weisz and her fine costar, Michael Shannon. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
92% Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016) Like the man himself, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is genial on the surface but lets us go a little deeper into an unusual life than we might have expected. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) A sweet date-night movie about a date that wasn't really a date. Until it was. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
80% Rudy (1993) Underneath its rah-rah spirit, the PG-rated Rudy is straightforward enough to raise, albeit unintentionally, some troubling questions. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 23, 2016
64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Though Love and Darkness has moments of self-conscious artiness, as many first films do, Portman, very sure as to what she wanted, has made certain not to overstate the story's potent emotions, and that has made the difference. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 19, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) What it lacks most of all is a convincing reason to exist. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) The key to understanding why "Abortion: Stories Women Tell" is a quietly powerful documentary is not the first word in the title but the final three. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Experiencing "Pete's Dragon" is like seeing something thought to be extinct, a creation every bit as magical and mythical as the flying, fire-breathing beast it's named after. That would be the straight ahead, unapologetic family film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) "The Tenth Man" is a low-key charmer, an unlooked-for combination of Jane Austen and Isaac Bashevis Singer. With a twist of Buenos Aires thrown into the mix. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 5, 2016
100% Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016) History is not neat and tidy, however much we wish it could be, and "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" is more than adept at getting to the truth about perhaps the most mythologized event of the modern Olympic movement. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Suicide Squad" is a concept in search of a story worth telling. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 3, 2016
61% How to Make an American Quilt (1995) It has its effective moments but it tends to indicate emotions more than deliver them, and is finally more conventional and unadventurous than its elements would lead you to believe. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 2, 2016
96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) Like a jazz ensemble, Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 1, 2016
94% Blood Simple (1984) "Blood Simple" becomes a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that's fresh and exhilarating. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
87% Women He's Undressed (2016) The clips Armstrong and her team have rounded up make us appreciate how, in a whole range of situations, costumes express character. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) "Indignation" tells a very particular story, one that's bittersweet, heartbreaking and bleakly comic all at once, and it gets it right. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Made with a palpable sense of urgency, this tense, propulsive motion picture is a model of what mainstream entertainment can be like when everything goes right. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Frank insists "I'm not a verbal man. I have nothing to reveal. It's all in the work, I hope." Honoring that sentiment is what this very personal film is all about. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) Artfully calculated and authentically felt, the unexpectedly effective "Summertime" combines the conventional structure of classic movie romance with a sensual same-sex frankness that couldn't be more up-to-date. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
88% Indian Point (2016) In a world where unabashed advocacy documentaries are thick on the land, Ivy Meeropol's expert "Indian Point," an evenhanded look at the issues surrounding nuclear power, is a welcome exception. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The fact that the result is serviceable, delivering enough value to be worth a fan's time, is about as good as one could reasonably expect. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) In the best sense, "Cafe Society" presents itself as an older director's film, dealing as it does with the difference between dreams and reality and the presence and persistence of regret. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) "Under The Sun" also reminds us that, their dissimilar society notwithstanding, the North Koreans are not some alien race but people like us, trying to get by the best they can. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) A delicate, unforced meditation on the bonds of family and the joys and wonders hidden in everyday life, this film is able to move audiences without apparent effort, and that must be experienced firsthand to be appreciated and understood. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) "The Innocents" soars above its seeming contradictions. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) Emotional honesty ... is "Life, Animated's" greatest strength. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "The Legend of Tarzan" wants to be both modern and traditional, hip and classic. It's a tough balance to strike, and this film can't manage it. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "IDR" moves right along at the rapid clip essential for a story whose general outline is known from the get-go. What actually happens on screen is less important than that it unfolds really, really fast. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2016
92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Along the way, we learn some things that may be surprising. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is such a film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) As the 13-year gap between "Nemo" and "Dory" indicates, this was not a concept that cried out to be made. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary (2014) The talk often involves death, which doesn't make it any less involving. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
No Score Yet The Flight Fantastic (2016) Made without computer-generated imagery or elaborate special effects, "The Flight Fantastic" will nevertheless have you doubting your eyes as you watch its action unfold. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) "De Palma's" biggest asset, not surprisingly, is the man himself. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) "The Fits" pulls you in and won't let go. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) If you're tired of movie business as usual, this should make you happy. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) This is not a film that leaves you in hand-wringing despair. Rather it is unapologetically on the optimistic side, telling us in no uncertain terms that "we can stop climate change." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) "O.J.: Made in America" is an exceptional 7 1/2-hour documentary, so perceptive, empathetic and compelling you want it never to end. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) A film that is both less entertaining and less significant than it imagines. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
100% Rabin In His Own Words (2016) "In His Own Words" is a deeply involving look at the man's entire life, using archival footage, home movies, private letters but most of all filmed interviews Rabin gave, to let us hear him tell his own story just about from cradle to grave. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
78% Elstree 1976 (2016) Given what a multibillion-dollar behemoth the Star Wars universe has become, it's fascinating to discover that a long time ago in a studio sound stage far, far away, no one took it very seriously at all. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) If you live and breathe Marvel, this is one of the MCU's stronger offerings. If you are a spy coming in from the cold, the answer is not so clear. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
82% Viva (2016) Nothing happens you won't see coming, but it's all so deftly done you're more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "Vita Activa" closely examines Arendt's "active life" with the goal of putting us inside her formative experiences, the better to reveal who she was and where her attitudes came from. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Hockney (2016) "Hockney" is less interested in providing a conventional top-to-bottom narrative than in capturing a sense of who Hockney is and what is important to him. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016