Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Shiraz (1928) [A] gorgeous silent extravaganza, a landmark of Indian cinema.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) Documentary veteran Smith... does an expert job here, talking to some 50 folks, including festival employees, consultants, would-be revelers and unwitting residents of the Bahamas who got caught in the event's momentous undertow.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
15% The Aspern Papers (2019) Landais has made a version of "Aspern" that is too often uncertain and unconvincing despite the good work of his female stars.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) "Communion" is a heartbreaking example of a classic documentary genre - the immersive, observational film that takes a bold leap and embeds itself with a small group of people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
51% Death Becomes Her (1992) An elaborate piece of work with more than a little on its nasty mind, "Death" finally falls flatter than many a less ambitious film, proof once again that just because an idea is audacious doesn't necessarily mean it's good.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to hang out with.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
71% Destroyer (2018) The characters' savage amorality is so pervasive that it plays not as truth but as a cold aesthetic choice, one that keeps us at arm's length rather than drawing us in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
64% Vice (2018) Brainy, audacious, opinionated and fun, "Vice" is a tonic for troubled times.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
94% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning "Ida," Poland's recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) "They Shall Not Grow Old" is a tribute paid by the present to the past, and what a gorgeous gift it turns out to be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
27% Event Horizon (1997) Director Anderson gets points for skillfully choreographing all of this, but he loses them for a consistent desire to brutalize the audience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) "Mortal Engines" is such a visual marvel, such a dazzling, pictorially involving imagining of the future, it's a shame it's not completely worth seeing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
67% The Mule (2018) For one thing, though the feeling sneaks up on you, "The Mule" has an unexpected emotional kick.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) Starting as a dirge and ending as an ode to joy, "Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki" provides a privileged glimpse into the creative processes of one of the greatest animators who ever lived.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
64% Aquaman (2018) Notwithstanding the inevitable formulaic dialogue and a superabundance of boilerplate superhero action sequences, "Aquaman" turns out to be, almost despite itself, an engaging undersea extravaganza.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994) Though the director's sensibility worked extraordinarily well when applied to hard-edged subject matter like "Drugstore Cowboy" and even "My Own Private Idaho," combining it with Robbins' flimsy jokiness has resulted in a film whose tedium is painful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) In a similar way, despite numerous advantages, the film with [Mary's] name on it has promise it does not fully deliver on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) "Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes" makes the shrewd choice not to view [Roger Ailes] in strictly ideological terms.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
92% Mirai (2018) Without any preamble, Kun's courtyard refuge turns into a kind of magic zone where no-limits fantasy and recognizable reality unapologetically intertwine in a way that is quintessentially Hosoda.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) The ability of "People's Republic of Desire" to show these familiar desires playing out in futuristic surroundings is invariably surprising and never less than compelling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
86% Senso (1954) Not usually seen as one of the cinema's great romantics, Visconti with "Senso" made a film that both celebrated and mocked the very idea of romantic love, and the film remains resolutely itself after all these years.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
100% Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) The accumulation of detail, the sense of the range of outrages seen and experienced, is conveyed by allowing these women to truly sink into their narratives.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Echoing in some ways the classics of Italian neo-realism, especially in its use of black and white, it is an epic of everydayness, as polished a personal film as you are likely to see.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
93% The Last Race (2018) "We don't look good, but we like to go fast," one driver says, summing it all up, a fitting tribute to a proud but imperiled subculture and the surprising film that wants to ensure it is not forgotten.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
81% Green Book (2018) "Green Book" is a savvy and super effective piece of popular entertainment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) How this all played out in terms of the Austrian election will surprise no one, but seeing how much the situation came to prefigure the contemporary house of mirrors in Europe as well as America still comes as something of a shock.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe's work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh's presence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) While we likely have not seen the end of Robert the Bruce on film, this for sure is a worthy addition to the canon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Using their great ability with comic dialogue, the Coens exaggerate and subvert familiar western tropes to gleeful comic effect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) A tip-top piece of entertainment starring Hugh Jackman as Hart and Vera Farmiga as his wife, Lee, that is as significant as it is enjoyable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The visual allure of this production is undeniable, but having the nerve to be simple and nice all the way through is, even for Disney, verging on being a lost art.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) The result is surprisingly companionable and enjoyable, an unhurried look at a location that is in no kind of rush, a place that is concerned most of all with preserving the way it's always been.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
89% Maria By Callas (2018) "Maria By Callas..." expertly presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred by the extent of her gifts and the way they connected to both audiences and her tumultuous life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) It's that this fierce, lived-in performance, complete down to the drawn face and go-for-it personality, is so convincing that people who knew Colvin were shaken at the resemblance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Like many relationships, it sounds improbable but it succeeds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88% To Die For (1995) A smart black comedy that skewers America's fatal fascination with television and celebrity, it employs an unerring nasty touch to parody our omnipresent culture of fame. And it uses a rather unlikely combination of talents to do the job.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
37% Viper Club (2018) While the reality that inspired its story is shocking and disturbing, the resulting film finally is not.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% On Her Shoulders (2018) On Her Shoulders is an intimate, empathetic documentary, made with discretion and power.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
59% Miracle on 34th Street (1994) When [it] remembers that it's supposed to be a sweet piece of hokum, when it has the wit to leave Attenborough and Wilson on the screen together and forget about its rash of putative improvements, it does offer well-scrubbed family fare.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) An amusing and authoritative documentary directed by Peter Bogdanovich that both satisfies the true believer and offers the agnostic a place to begin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) If the setting of "The Guilty" couldn't be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn't be more gripping and involving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" demands not our love for this supremely difficult person but rather our respect for her defiance of an unsympathetic world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is so good it's worth seeing "Beautiful Boy" for his work alone.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) What unnecessary imprisonment does to families is often written about in abstract terms, but to see what it did to one specific family runs an emotional gamut that the patience of this heroically committed filmmaker does full justice to.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) It's likely only a filmmaker of Greengrass' experience and stature could have gotten it made at all, let alone so successfully.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Both a fine introduction for those who don't know the work and a thoughtful examination of the issues surrounding him for those who do.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) A moving, emotionally convincing experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Passionate, emotional and fearless, the gangbusters "A Star Is Born" is poised to become the movie of the moment - the one everyone has to see right now.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018