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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
91% 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
67% 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
86% 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
87% 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
45% 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
94% 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
58% 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
90% 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
77% 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
91% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) Nehama, who grew up in an Orthodox Jerusalem community like the one in the film, has said her goal was "to tell the story of the moderate people who are forced to deal with growing religious extremism," and "The Women's Balcony" definitely does that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% Logan (2017) It wants its stand-alone story of Wolverine and Professor Xavier to be taken seriously as authentic drama. And, to a surprising extent, it succeeds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) As unexpectedly enchanting as its title is initially perplexing, "My Life as a Zucchini" is short but oh so satisfyingly bittersweet, an example of the kind of movie magic that's always hard to find.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
80% Dying Laughing (2017) Even though they all tend to make the same points, the number of comics talked to and their widely diverse personalities and war stories insure that interest never flags.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) "The Great Wall" is poised to take a great fall, creating the kind of mess not seen since Humpty Dumpty sat on a similar structure.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) Gael García Bernal is the most charming of actors, and one of the pleasures of his satisfying "You're Killing Me Susana" is watching him display that quality in a decidedly subversive way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
97% Kedi (2017) By the time "Kedi" puts these animals through their paces, only one essential question remains unanswered: Will the dogs of the Dardanelles demand equal exposure? This could be a trend.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The darkest thing about this ... are the black looks of audience members wondering where even the slight charms of the first picture have gone to.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) When someone can talk as well as they create, the rewards are considerable, as the documentary "Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance" convincingly demonstrates.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
83% A United Kingdom (2017) The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
76% The Daughter (2017) Made with taste, skill and discretion, "The Daughter" demonstrates both the staying power of classic material and the risks inherent in bringing it up to date.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) A chilling documentary that firmly positions McVeigh not as some delusional loner but rather as a product of a far-right subculture that looked on the U.S. federal government as one of the most dangerous forces on the face of the Earth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% Saving Banksy (2017) [A] lively, involving documentary ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet The Murder of Fred Hampton (2006) It's the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary "The Murder of Fred Hampton" is such a film.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) It helps that, with co-director Teurlai serving as cinematographer, the filmmakers exhibit a refined and elegant eye for the kind of quiet loveliness that can be found in movement as well as stillness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) "Monster" is almost too ambitious to be completely realized. But when it works, which is most of the time, its story has a power which lingers in the mind.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, "Hidden Figures" knows what it's doing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
80% Patriots Day (2017) Whether they are celebrated filmmakers or ordinary folks, tragedy can bring out the best in people, and "Patriots Day" is the latest example of both sides of the equation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Sweet but inconsequential at its best, overly contrived at most other times, "Passengers" takes too long to get to its too inevitable plot points to truly entertain.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
80% Barry (2016) Always pleasant and companionable but a little pro forma in its early going, it gains in texture and interest as Obama's life and his reaction to it get more complex.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
93% Fences (2016) The combination of top acting and the powerful rhythm of the language in the drama's celebrated high spots absolutely holds us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A classic wide-screen World War II epic but with a number of unsettling twists.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today even though its subject died almost 30 years ago.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
85% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) "He can shoot fast and make art," a friend says, and "Harry Benson: Shoot First" makes that point again and again.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) A smart and thoughtful examination of who the man was and how he got that way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) A film whose subtle satisfactions very much sneak up on you.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Larraín told his producers he wouldn't do "Jackie" unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
88% On the Map (2016) Menkin has been especially thorough in telling this classic against-all-odds sports story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
86% Lion (2016) "Lion" is blessed with a Ripley's Believe It or Not story line that would warm the heart of a stone.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016