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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Backdraft (1991) Backdraft truly shows us fire the way we've never seen it before.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Suzu's story becomes so deeply personal that when an animated hand waves at the audience at the film's conclusion, we will feel like waving back, like we would to a friend.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
92% Escapes (2017) "Escapes" is as unconventional as its subject, demonstrating the charming things that can happen when a life in no way ordinary gets documented by a filmmaker most unusual.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) Harrelson ... thoroughly understands Rex from the inside, immersing himself in the role of this charismatic man in a way that allows us to see both how compelling and how dangerous a parent he was.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
78% I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma) (2017) Languages have magic - dead or dying ones most of all - and some of that sorcery has made it onto the screen in the evocatively titled Mexican feature "I Dream in Another Language."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
86% Wind River (2017) This tense, convincing independent film is the most accomplished violent thriller in quite some time.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
97% Step (2017) Heartening and unashamedly emotional, it's a certified crowd pleaser that doesn't care who knows it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
93% Menashe (2017) It's a gentle, melancholy father-and-son story that's as notable for an evocation of its self-contained world as it is for its drama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
91% Santoalla (2017) "Santoalla" is really concerned with cultures in collision, with what happens when dreams of paradise clash, good intentions become unhinged and the darker angels of our nature gain the upper hand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) [An] involving and unexpectedly passionate film ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
93% 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
99% 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
88% 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
92% 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
74% 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
86% 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
68% 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
16% 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
78% 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
69% 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
82% 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
94% 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
88% 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
89% 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