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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Blood Stripe (2017) Made with passion, integrity and skill, "Blood Stripe" is American independent filmmaking at its most effective. It takes on a difficult subject and treats it with an honesty that can't help but capture us from start to finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
85% Marshall (2017) While the film is constructed from top to bottom for maximum popular entertainment, it is unwilling to let us leave the theater without reminding us that these battles are far from over.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) "Meyerowitz" is graced with Baumbach's acute observations of human behavior.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Even though this particular story couldn't be more contrived, big stars have been making us invest in far-fetched emotional connections for as long as movies have been in existence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
83% The King's Choice (2017) "The King's Choice" is a dramatic tale about a pivotal World War II moment, a story infused with tension and psychological conflict that's all the more engrossing for being fresh to us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve and company have cast a powerful and disturbing visual spell, thrusting us into a world compelling enough to get lost in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
70% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) Hamilton's story is so filled with dramatic incident and personal and psychological complexity, not to mention spectacular visuals of waves upward of 100 feet tall, that it compels attention whether surfing means anything to you or not.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
93% Spielberg (2017) A surprisingly intimate and thoughtful examination of the life and career of one of the most successful and influential of filmmakers, "Spielberg" pulls back the curtain on the former boy wonder as he turns 70.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
87% American Made (2017) "American Made" is a smart, nervy film, a very modern entertainment made with energy, style and a fine sense of humor that keeps us amused until gradually, almost imperceptibly, the laughter starts to stick in our throats.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
91% Our Souls at Night (2017) Made with care and conviction as it explores this unexpected relationship, "Our Souls at Night" understands both what changes in people as they age and what remains the same.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
98% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) "Ex Libris: The New York Public Library" is more than a magisterial mash note to that distinguished establishment, it's a heartening examination of the vastness of human knowledge and the multiple ways we the people endeavor to access it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) "Battle" is most involving when it deals not with sports or society but the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to the match.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Though this story couldn't mean more to Jolie, she hasn't been able to make it mean as much to us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
92% School Life (2017) "School Life" is as charming, intimate and warm-hearted an observational documentary as you'd ever want to see.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) It demonstrates that even Jason Bourne lite is better than no Bourne at all, if you're in the mood.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
100% Dolores (2017) "Dolores" is a documentary that celebrates a hero, but it's no hagiography. Its subject wouldn't stand for that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
86% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) "The Teacher" benefits not only from filmmakers who join a multifaceted understanding of human nature with a fastidious control of technique and style, but also from being set in a particular time and place.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
100% The Hole (Le Trou) (1964) As long as men have been placed behind bars they've plotted to escape, and those plans have powered prison-break movies without end. But even in that large group, "Le Trou" stands apart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) One hell of a wild ride, a Twilight of the Gods that takes no prisoners and leaves audiences desperate for mercy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
76% Crown Heights (2017) An uncaring system putting blameless men behind bars has been a cinematic staple as far back as Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" and likely further. But few examples have been as effective as the fact-based "Crown Heights."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
No Score Yet Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017) "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" is an involving film that tells a more complicated story than its unexciting title would indicate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) "Whitney's" story makes for strong and compelling viewing even though it has something of a cobbled together feel to it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) If it verges on being a little too pleased with itself for its own good, that's an acceptable price to pay for something that makes you smile.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
74% Backdraft (1991) Backdraft truly shows us fire the way we've never seen it before.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
98% 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
93% 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
82% 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
87% 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
95% 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
96% 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
83% 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
78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) [An] involving and unexpectedly passionate film ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
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
100% 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
89% 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
76% 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
92% 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
92% 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