Kent Turner

Kent Turner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: film-forward.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 67% This One's for the Ladies (2019) As if realizing that a G-string can only be stretched so far, Graham uses the strip-a-thon as a gateway ... Essentially, the director profiles a panting sisterhood of mostly middle-age African American women, the self-described Classy Nasty Ladies. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 92% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) The unconventional The Amazing Johnathan Documentary could also be titled The Filmmaker's Nightmare. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 91% Give Me Liberty (2019) With its overlapping dialogue, the ride is like a Robert Altman film on speed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5/4 87% Pavarotti (2019) Pavorotti serves more as an ideal introduction for opera newcomers as well as those who may not have been around at the singer's zenith as a media star in the early to mid-1990s. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 81% Dogman (2019) The most desolate and hopeless setting outside of dystopian fiction can be found in Matteo Garrone's new film. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/4 93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Director Pamela B. Green makes film history a pleasure to watch and a gateway for those who would otherwise pass on the chance to explore moviemaking before the advent of sound. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet A Regular Woman(Nur Eine Frau) (2019) Is there room for another film about honor killings? Director Sherry Hormann answers with a yes in her brisk, beat-by-beat depiction of the 2005 murder in Berlin of Hatun "Aynur" Surucu, 23, by her youngest brother. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Curious viewers will be sated; they will come to understand why director Matt Wolf has focused on someone who they most likely never heard of. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 91% You Don't Nomi (2019) This is the most thoughtful deconstruction of a film imaginable, as well as an ideal festival choice for those who used to buy DVDs just for the commentaries. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 92% Gloria Bell (2019) Although Moore can't quite pass as an overlooked wallflower as the scenario calls for-yes, movie stars are different than everyday folk-she strips the character down to its core. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 100% Amanda (2018) Mikhaël Hers's Amanda is moving, yet unsentimental, which is quite an achievement considering it deals with a 24-year-old uncle tentatively cementing his bond with his seven-year-old niece. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 100% In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) The film is more on-point when it stays focused on baby Théo and his development. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 77% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2018) It's lightweight, predictable, and a bit improbable for sure, with a pop soundtrack-Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears-that keeps the pace bouncing along. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 78% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) There are also not too many leading men who are as charming as [Pio] Marmaï, or as scary. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) In terms of its story line, it's familiar and new at the same time. You've seen other birds of a feather, but this is a new breed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The follow-up is refreshingly retro ... Miranda steals the film ... he's the only cast member who brings the pizzazz of a Broadway musical performer. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/4 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) A one of a kind experience, where the country's past and present commingle. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) [Xavier] Legrand is a director to look out for, no question. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The original score propels the entire film, even when the onscreen energy sags. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) An old-fashioned, though state-of-the-art, frolic ... Viewers need not be cut-throat Trivial Pursuit players to know Blondie from Buckaroo Banzai, though it wouldn't hurt. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This is the one film made by Disney where the sidekicks, a Disney trope if ever there was one, are restrained. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) The best posthumous tribute to the singer imaginable and an opportunity to see her at a career peak. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The screenplay tries to do too much. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 62% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet has apparently gotten the same memo as other directors: that it's better to leave the audience wanting more and to top the film with a flourish. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Under the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos, the atmosphere is bawdy and baroque, like a trippy funhouse. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 86% Under the Wire (2018) The illuminating Under the Wire is factual and provides much-needed background regarding Colvin's career while zeroing in on her last assignment in Homs, Syria. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 89% A Private War (2018) In addition to its armchair analysis, A Private War offers a lead performance that calls attention to itself. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) The radiant visuals provide the beating heart for what otherwise would have been a distant, thoroughly reverent series of sketches. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) If the film works at all, it's because of Ali's layered, unforced acting. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2018) The film benefits greatly from the participation of the singer's mother, Ida, who is now 100-years-old, and his former dancers, backup singers, and colleagues. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Story (2018) One of the more insightful films about acting in some time, an observational tribute to acting teacher Moni Yakim. It's almost like auditing a class. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Dennis and Lois (2018) This is an unusually sincere and wholesome rock 'n' roll documentary, with scant anecdotes about bad or substance-fueled behavior. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/4 100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) A no-brainer for film buffs. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Lucas Hedges ... confirms that he is one of the most insightful, understated, yet go-for-broke young actors around. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino has made less a riddle and more of a performance art piece, with a touch of louche elegance. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 80% Mid90s (2018) One of the most exuberant and observational films of the year. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Thomas's story is more involving because it places individuals front and center. Because Starr is less enmeshed in her various relationships, the movie ultimately becomes more about the slogans. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 80% 22 July (2018) It's fast-paced, intimate, and the subject matter is intrinsically riveting, no matter where [the film] is streamed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
2/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's as though the scriptwriters already knew the ending ... The result: elliptical and underwritten storytelling. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) What is the best way to see writer/director Alfonso Cuarón's reportedly semi-autobiographical ROMA? Definitely on the big screen, for which this gleamingly beautiful-looking film was exclusively designed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper has borrowed [from the 1976 Barbra Streisand verson] the rock 'n' roll backdrop and pedestrian dialogue and, in some ways, its 1970s setting. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) Based loosely on a short story by Denis Diderot, this is decadently delicious and was among the top three films seen at the festival. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 33% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) The wildest film seen at Toronto, Swiss director Simon Jaquemet's dreamy and bewildering film is purposely enigmatic and consistently compelling. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/4 67% The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) (2018) Set in 2012 Damascus, [Kaadan's] debut centers on a single mother's nightmare-in-daylight trek through the countryside, with a tone that is a cross between documentary and magic realism. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet aKasha (2018) This may be the first Sudanese stoner comedy ever. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 87% First Man (2018) While it depicts the eight-year lead up to the 1969 moon landing, it's equally about a certain type of American male: the strong and silent type, the reluctant hero. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 100% Before the Frost (Før frosten) (2018) With its emphasis on nature and its mudbound farmers, this beautifully crafted film recalls other earthly European historical dramas set in an isolated countryside. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3.5/4 87% Colette (2018) All around, a class act. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/4 92% Maria By Callas (2018) The film luxuriates in her voice, and star power. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
2/4 100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) It provides a needed perspective that provides a broader view outside of the war zone. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018