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.

Pages

Movie Reviews
4:39 am
Fri January 23, 2015

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

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movie Reviews
4:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Movie Review: 'Song Of The Sea'

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

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movie Reviews
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

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movie Reviews
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

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movie Reviews
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

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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.

Read more
Movie Reviews
3:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Stalked By A Fiend Worse Than Any Elm Street Nightmare

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:42 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more
Movie Reviews
3:48 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mathematician's Story Is Dramatic Enough For The Big Screen

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now, a mathematician of that era was hardly glamorous in his day. But the story of Alan Turing is dramatic enough to find its way to the silver screen. Kenneth Turan has our review.

Read more
Movie Reviews
3:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Opens Where 'Catching Fire' Ended

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 6:16 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The debate will continue during Thanksgiving week and beyond, but some people will give themselves a break with a movie that makes our political debates seem tame. Kenneth Turan reviews the latest in "The Hunger Games" series.

Read more
Movie Reviews
3:11 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater': The Serious Side Of Comedy

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:45 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more
Movie Reviews
4:25 am
Fri November 7, 2014

'Interstellar' Is Christopher Nolan's Space-Time Epic

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Earlier generations of science-fiction films fretted about nuclear radiation or alien invasion. What powers Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is a more up-to-date concern. Film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

Read more

Pages