Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, he is the co-author of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. He teaches film reviewing and non-fiction writing at USC and is on the board of directors of the National Yiddish Book Center. His most recent books are the University of California Press' Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made and Never Coming To A Theater Near You, published by Public Affairs Press.

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3:21 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Documentary Spotlights 'Wrecking Crew' Behind Hits of '60s, '70s

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:56 am

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3:07 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Belfast Thriller '71' Combines Action And Emotional Authenticity

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:42 am

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Actor Jack O'Connell is one of Britain's rising stars. He starred in "Unbroken" and film critic Kenneth Turan says he's even better in the new film "71."

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3:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Good Acting, Directing And Story Make 'McFarland USA' Effective

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 6:10 am

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Early in his career, in films like "Bull Durham" and "Field Of Dreams," the actor Kevin Costner specialized in playing athletes. Now in "McFarland USA" he's moved up to being a coach. Kenneth Turan has our review.

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4:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Publishing Phenomenon 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Hits The Big Screen

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

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3:21 am
Fri February 6, 2015

'Jupiter Ascending' Displays Wachowksi Siblings' Success, Weakness

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 9:25 am

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"The Matrix" was brought to you in 1999 by a sibling filmmaking duo, the Wachowskis. Their late the sci-fi flick has a blockbuster cast, and film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.

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4:39 am
Fri January 23, 2015

'Red Army' Profiles How Cold War Played Out On Ice

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:14 am

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Catch a ride to the movies and maybe you'll be catching "Red Army." It is a new documentary not about the Soviet military. It is actually the story of one of the most dominant hockey teams in the history of the game, and Kenneth Turan has that review.

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4:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Movie Review: 'Song Of The Sea'

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 11:45 am

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3:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

'A Most Violent Year' Captures You And Doesn't Let Go

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 10:12 am

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3:01 am
Thu December 25, 2014

'Unbroken' Skips Over Louis Zamperini's Post-War Struggles

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 5:00 am

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3:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

To Enjoy 'Exodus,' Don't Take It As Seriously As It Takes Itself

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:02 am

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The director Ridley Scott - his films include classics like "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Gladiator" - now turns his attention to ancient Egypt in a movie called "Exodus: Gods and Kings." Film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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