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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The new Ben-Hur opens today, which can't help but put moviegoers in mind of the 1959 MGM blockbuster. That classic starred Charlton Heston and won a pile of Oscars.

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Even those who have never seen the movies know the name - secret agent Jason Bourne, a human wrecking machine played by Matt Damon.

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MATT DAMON: (As Jason Bourne) I remember. I remember everything.

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Thirteen years is a lifetime in Hollywood. But that's how long it's been between Pixar's "Finding Nemo" and its new sequel "Finding Dory." MORNING EDITION and Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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Movie Review: 'Carol'

Nov 20, 2015
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The movie "Carol" opens today. It's a love story. Film critic Kenneth Turan says, it ranks among the best of the genre.

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This story starts with a man who wanted to find a wife. He decided to put his quest on video. The video became a documentary. And our critic Kenneth Turan spoke with David Greene about "Meet The Patels."

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Another "Mission: Impossible" movie opens today. The franchise has been good to Tom Cruise, raking in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. So now take five. Here's our critic Kenneth Turan.

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Now let's take a swing at "Southpaw." That's a new boxing film which picks up the themes of every other boxing film according to our critic, Kenneth Turan.

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The massively popular "Despicable Me" animated movies featured yellow, capsule-shaped creatures called minions. Now they've moved from sidekicks to stars in the movie, "Minions." Film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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What you're about to hear will sound like a real human being delivering a movie review. Kenneth Turan reviews "Ex Machina" about artificial intelligence.

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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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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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