Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
54% The Commuter (2018) It's Neeson Time, and it's not in the man to let us down.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
50% Rollercoaster (1977) Rollercoaster, slambang title notwithstanding, is a singularly tepid piece of work, so dull not even Sensurround can keep you fully awake.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
No Score Yet Forever (1978) Korty is sensitive in the best sense.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% The Late Show (1977) The Late Show has the grace to allow us to see the craft and competence that remains in [Wells].‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
98% The Last Waltz (1978) The Band's music has such intrinsic strength and resilience that it can't help but break through those self-imposed barriers and set itself and the audience free.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938) Because of its distinctive, evocative qualities, we forgive The Dybbuk all its trespasses. As a record of a bygone way of life and as a starkly moving drama of doomed love it is very much one of a kind.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% Le samouraï (1967) An austere poem of crime, Le Samourai manages to have a grip of an old-fashioned potboiler as well. Not a half-bad combination.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The reason to pay attention to "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" is the reason it got made in the first place: the opportunity it provides to see star Annette Bening in action.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
67% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Akin was inspired to tell the story by real-life political events in Germany, and his skills as a filmmaker are such that escape from this unsettling film is not in the cards.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) All the Money benefits, in much the same way that Scott's similar (and underappreciated) American Gangster did, from the director's expertise at bringing pace and interest to stories he cares enough about to sink his teeth into.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
74% Hostiles (2018) A tale of physical, emotional and even moral survival, "Hostiles" deals in people pushed to their limits and then some, individuals marked in the deepest way by the violence of the frontier.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Propulsive major studio cinema made with a real-world purpose in mind, it's a risky venture that succeeds across the board.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
79% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) This is a satisfying indie western, a dark and brooding film made with both a modern touch and real love for the genre.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
97% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Foxtrot (2018) No matter what you're expecting, "Foxtrot" is not the film you expect it to be. It's better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it's a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
94% 1945 (2017) Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill, "1945" proceeds as inexorably as Sámuel and his son on their long walk into town.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman's brassy presentation goes well beyond a collection of mannerisms. It gives us a sense of a flesh and blood person behind the bulldog-fierce political leader who presided over his country's celebrated World War II resistance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
100% The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange) (1936) What elevates "Lange" is its wide range of idiosyncratic, delightful characters, its belief in humanity in all its crazy variety, and its abundance of high spirits and raffish charm that are absolutely contagious.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
81% The Best Intentions (1992) Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
93% The Breadwinner (2017) In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner' reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Though the film is completely worth seeing just to experience such a totally realized performance and hear Gilroy's always sharp dialogue, the reality and complexity of the character turns out to clash with plotting that is not as convincing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Though its upbeat earnestness is ever-present, it has the integrity to understand that not even kindness can eliminate all problems.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) It is the key reason Justice League is a seriously satisfying superhero movie, one that, rife with lines like "the stench of your fear is making my soldiers hungry," actually feels like the earnest comic books of our squandered youth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) As warm as it is smart - and it is very smart - "Lady Bird" marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
94% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Access is almost everything for a documentary filmmaker, and the entree Griffin Dunne had to his celebrated subject makes all the difference in "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) Among other things, offers unexpected views on making peace with the Arab world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) "Thank You For Your Service" is more effective, more disturbing than you may expect, and that is very much a good thing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) Questions of faith may sound dry but they often make for intensely dramatic, even pulse-pounding cinema. "Novitiate" is the latest case in point.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% The Force (2017) The result, unusual in a documentary involving the police and the public, is a film that does not advocate for anything but the truth, one that aims to show what happens on both sides of an issue rather than coming down in favor of one or the other.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Obsessive but accessible, the deepest dive imaginable into one of the most celebrated scenes in movie history, the documentary "78/52" looks at a brief three minutes of cinema the way it's never been looked at before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) While "Only the Brave" is consistently involving and entertaining, [its] desire to be accurate about a heroic reality proves to be an at times awkward fit with the conventions of this kind of earnest and old-fashioned Hollywood film.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) "I need you to be patient with this story," a key character says to young Ben, and it's good advice for those of us in the audience as well.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) Yet though none of the subjects, connected to different degrees to the Satmar sect, regrets leaving and joining the wider world, their after stories as well as their before ones touch on loneliness, insecurity and even trauma.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
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
83% 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
92% 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
41% 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
84% 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
87% 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
76% 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
94% 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
96% 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
86% 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
89% 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
93% 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