Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Juliet, Naked (2018) A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is comic, heartfelt and smart as they come - a rare combination these days.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% The Wife (2018) Strong acting, especially by Close, helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
90% 93Queen (2018) Brings an instinctive yet clear-eyed sympathy for these women's remarkable story, joined with an ability to be candid about the difficulties that arose within the group and with the greater Hasidic community.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% American Dream (1992) Its focus on the smoldering economic fury of working-class Americans adroitly illuminates the reasons for the backlash that politicians of both parties are finding increasingly difficult to ignore.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
80% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) An old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) [Lee] is not only still on fire but has found a story that allows him to be as excited and involved as he was when it all began.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
96% Nico, 1988 (2018) Dyrholm, an actress of formidable presence who expertly handles her own singing as well as the acting, gives a strong, truthful, unflinching performance that powers the film the way Christa's energy powered the bands she was in those late days.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Like its determined heroine, "Night Comes On" burns with a smoldering fire, a heat that is no less intense, no less effective, for remaining largely beneath the surface.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
83% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-eda is too polished a filmmaker for "The Third Murder" not to be of interest, but its focus is finally too fuzzy to compel the way the best of the director's work does.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) "Dark Money" takes a detailed look at an unexpectedly complex situation that is at the heart of political action today.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald has never starred in a film until "Puzzle," and her delicate but deeply felt performance, along with the work of... Irrfan Khan and the rest of the cast, make this gentle, thoughtful yet pointed film the undeniable success it is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% McQueen (2018) Alexander McQueen was sui generis, one of a kind, which is why more than a million people turned out in London and New York to see a posthumous exhibition of his work, and why this striking documentary is hard to get out of your mind.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
50% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film is effective where it needs to be, and if there is an "Equalizer 3," in line to see it is where you'll find me.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
82% Love, Cecil (2018) 38 years after his death, Beaton's name is not so much on everyone's lips, and one of the pleasures of this film is to revisit his gifts beyond his best known work, the Oscar-winning production design and costumes for "My Fair Lady."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The thriller version of comfort film. It's something we can return to with complete confidence in what we're getting into.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) "Custody" can be difficult, even wrenching to watch, but it always plays fair with the audience, and the experience, worth every minute expended, is impossible to forget.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
6% Siberia (2018) While "Siberia" has designs on combining thriller elements with a serious romantic drama about love, commitment and masculine codes of honor, it doesn't work out that way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) A blacker than black comedy that is so savage you often don't know whether to shudder or laugh.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) It cannot fail to move and disturb with a story so compelling you can't turn away even if you know the outcome. Maybe especially if you know the outcome.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% The Cakemaker (2018) The most fascinating kind of tension results, an unusual state of affairs that plays fair with the characters, and with us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
83% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) "Five Seasons" reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in, gardens that brilliantly use the interplay of form and color to do wonderful things to your soul.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Fiercely involving in a way we're not used to, made with sensitivity and honesty.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) It provides a fascinating, involving glimpse of both who Westwood was back in the day and who she is at this particular moment in time, so much so that we genuinely miss her once the credits begin to roll.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Though it would be unrealistic to expect "Incredibles 2" to have quite the genre-busting surprise of the original, it is as good as it can be without that shock of the new - delivering comedy, adventure and all too human moments with a generous hand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
91% Saving Brinton (2018) This fly on the wall approach inevitably makes some of the facts of Zahs' life and work more elusive than they should be, but it compensates by providing strong access to the man's warm and accepting personality.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Neville is an experienced professional who knows what questions to ask and, working with editors Jeff Malmberg and Aaron Wickenden, how to assemble the answers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Frank and Sam make beautiful music together. No, that's not a metaphor; it's an accurate description that's central to what makes "Hearts Beat Loud" such an engaging endeavor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
No Score Yet Pressing On: The Letterpress Film (2016) [An] informative and engaging documentary...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) While the participants in "American Animals" only imagine they're different, the film about them is the real deal.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
68% On Chesil Beach (2018) A completely heartbreaking story brought to exquisite life via immaculate writing, directing and acting...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
92% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) A sad story all around.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
94% RBG (2018) This woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg's work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
89% Le Corbeau (1948) Clouzot, always a painstaking filmmaker, has constructed a plot of fiendish intricacy whose wild twists implicate one character after another until justice is finally served.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) The possibilities for these characters are more varied than it initially seems, and "Disobedience" thoughtfully considers them all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) Nothing works out the way these people, not to mention audiences who love classic Hollywood westerns, expect. Not even close.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% The Judge (2018) People who need a fair-minded adjudicator like Kholoud Al-Faqih and are fortunate to have her.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
100% Boston (2017) A deeply informative and always engaging look at the race's more than 120-year history...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
71% Kodachrome (2018) Harris makes Ben edgier, more self-aware and more impossible to ignore than anyone else would. That kind of integrity, that willingness to be understood as completely dislikable, raises "Kodachrome" to a level it would not reach without him.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Not that you would anyway, but it doesn't pay to think too hard about "Rampage." Sure, it could be improved (shorter would have helped), but it gets the job done in a more or less acceptable way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) One of "Borg vs. McEnroe's" strongest elements is the growing realization on both sides that each man mirrors the other.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
82% Beirut (2018) Gilroy is a master at laying out a twisty plot, and Anderson directs with the kind of verve that enables almost all the twists to hit us with the force of surprise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) In the final analysis "Chappaquiddick" is the story of a weak man. Maybe someone who had deep-seated reasons for that weakness, but still a not particularly appealing individual whose actions frustrate rather than draw us in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) A bleak story presented with great style, it's a finely made Australian western that demonstrates the malleability of that most American of genres as well as the impressive gifts of Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
90% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) It marks a major step forward for Chinese feature animation, as well as the culmination of a journey that took the filmmakers more than a dozen years to complete.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Warm without sacrificing integrity, pleasant but not to a fault, "Back to Burgundy" is satisfying rather than earth-shaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
100% King In The Wilderness (2018) Employs a simple and straightforward method to extraordinary effect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Its plot is complexity itself, but its "kids save the world" soul is simple and earnest as opposed to earth shattering. With apologies to Bill and Ted, it's an excellent adventure, and let's leave it at that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
74% Final Portrait (2018) An involving examination of the creative process itself, of how difficult it can be to move forward with artistic enterprises no matter how gifted you are or how much regard the world holds you in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
67% The Opera House (2018) A plethora of pleasures are hidden under the deceptively mundane title of "The Opera House."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018