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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Dunkirk (2017) Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, it is being ballyhooed as a departure for bravura filmmaker Christopher Nolan, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it is anything but.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
No Score Yet The Boom (Il boom) (1963) Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
100% Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2017) An engaging documentary ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) "Chasing Coral" presents the evidence with beauty, intelligence and a surprising amount of emotion.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
100% City of Ghosts (2017) Part of what makes "City of Ghosts" compelling is a chance to view disturbing footage of ISIS atrocities, clandestinely shot with cellphones and so revealing and incendiary the videoers faced death if captured.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Exact and exacting, made with formidable skill and unwavering focus, "Lady Macbeth" is a film that demands to be admired and cares little if you actually like it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
95% Zulu (1964) This may not be exact history, but it certainly makes an impression.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Mali Blues (2017) Music documentaries are thick on the land, and political ones are numerous as well, but "Mali Blues" is different in that it artfully combines hypnotic music with definite societal concerns.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
93% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Against considerable odds, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" finds its pace and rhythm by the end.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
100% Food Evolution (2017) Persuasive rather than polemical, it's the unusual issue film that deals in counterintuitive reason rather than barely controlled hysteria.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Tells a fascinating but inevitably grim story, both more interesting and more downbeat than one might anticipate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
91% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) A remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
85% Moka (2017) A tense psychological thriller whose twisty plot benefits from a bravura performance by Emmanuelle Devos.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) A passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating documentary essay about that country's film history put together by a clear-eyed enthusiast who was born to tell the tale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
96% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) A movie that allows its actors to fully inhabit their characters in a potent but low-key way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
67% Cars 3 (2017) This warmly sentimental G-rated film about facing new realities and recapturing lost dreams has, despite its relatively adult story line, a beguilingly effortless feeling to it, as if it had nothing to prove.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The thrilling documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" is indescribable not because it's ambiguous (it's totally straightforward) but because it does so many things so beautifully it is hard to know where to begin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) It's not every day that you end up rooting for a bank, but the story "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" tells is no ordinary tale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) "The Mummy" is trying to do so many different things, has so many different reasons for being (not to mention so many screenwriters), that a kind of narrative chaos is the all but inevitable result.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Not only a triumphant exercise in dark and delicious romantic ambiguity, the pitfalls of being taken in are what this melodramatic thriller is all about.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% Legion of Brothers (2017) "Legion of Brothers" is a story of heroism writ bold, but it is also something more.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
78% Past Life (2017) "Past Life" is straight-ahead filmmaking heightened by a connection to a pervasive Israeli reality not often found on film.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
77% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) A handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters and inspired by a little-known footnote to history, the story of a ruler who left but never went away.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
83% Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation (2017) "Spirit Game" covers a lot of territory, which gives it something of an all-over-the-map quality. But the subject matter is always enough to hold our attention.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) An assured, nervy black satire on America's involvement in Afghanistan and on one particular soldier, commander of U.S. forces and four-star Gen. Glen McMahon, a.k.a. Big Glen or the Glenimal.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
68% The Wall (2017) More interesting than you might imagine. But not interesting enough.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
93% Obit (2017) The people brought to life here, using a combination of the written obituary and news clips, are a varied and fascinating bunch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% Panique (Panic) (1947) It is part shadowy film noir, part compelling character study and, most surprising of all, part powerful indictment of mob violence in general and the French character in particular.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Though individually and as a group the Guardians don't do anything they didn't do in the first film, "Vol. 2's" insistence on hitting everything twice as hard soon becomes wearing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
87% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific, "One Week and a Day" keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) A documentary understandably in awe of its subject, a film that finally fascinates despite some initial bumps in the road.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
86% LA 92 (2017) Gives a full sense of the anarchy and rage of the post-King verdict days, thrusting us fully and disturbingly into events in very much of a You Are There manner.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) The strength of "Let It Fall" is in its remarkable contemporary interviews, compelling both for the people recorded and the way the conversations are allowed to unfold.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% Truman (2017) It sounds paradoxical but, if done right, films about a life ending can be the most life-affirming films you'll see. "Truman," a great success in its native Spain, is definitely done right.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
88% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Unusual in its story, unexpected in its structure, made with an unerring instinct for emotional connection, "Heal the Living" wallops us without ever overplaying its hand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
No Score Yet The Memory Of Justice (1976) "Justice" is as relevant today as when it came out, if not more so.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) This delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
100% Tickling Giants (2017) [The film] surprises us on several levels. It reveals Egypt's familiar Arab Spring experience through a lens, that of satiric comedy, which is very different from the way we usually see it. And it has the personal element of Youssef's involving story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
88% Their Finest (2017) Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
46% Going in Style (2017) "Going in Style" never gets beyond mildly amusing. If anything, it uses its gifted veterans to disguise how tired, implausible and overly sentimental the proceedings turn out to be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Using a dazzling blend of cinematic tools, aural as well as visual, Collin recreates both individual lives and an entire world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Belief begets belief, and the faith that star Jessica Chastain and director Niki Caro have in "The Zookeeper's Wife" turn this World War II drama into an emotional experience that is straight-ahead but satisfying.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% Life (2017) It is undeniably satisfying to be in the hands of a persuasive director who, along with editors Frances Parker and Mary Jo Markey, knows how to slowly ratchet up the tension to a properly unnerving level.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
100% The Last Laugh (2017) At times haphazard but always involving ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) "T2 Trainspotting" should not work as well as it does. In fact, it shouldn't work at all. But up there on the screen, where it matters, the dark magic remains intact and logic be damned.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
91% The Freedom to Marry (2017) In a political climate in which all things progressive are at risk, the film is a reminder of the long and difficult work that victory took as well as a notification that no triumph can be taken for granted.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Story and soul are never going to be kings on Skull Island, but they could have fared better than this.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Keep Quiet (2017) As its name suggests, "Keep Quiet" is a somber, careful documentary, but despite its measured tone its subject matter is wall to wall disturbing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017