Kenneth Turan http://publicradioeast.org en Carney's 'Begin Again' Doesn't Match His Hit 'Once' http://publicradioeast.org/post/carneys-begin-again-doesnt-match-his-hit-once Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>John Carney is an Irish writer and director. He brought us the landmark film, "Once" - a small independent movie that became a Broadway musical blockbuster that won eight Tony's. Carney now has a new movie out and Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "Begin Again" is an insistent puppy of a movie just about willing you to like it. You'd have to be a troll to resist it completely. But you may end up wanting to enjoy it more than you can. "Begin Again" is the latest effort by John Carney. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 45000 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Rover' Blends Quiet Character Moments Amid Societal Collapse http://publicradioeast.org/post/rover-blends-quiet-character-moments-amid-societal-collapse The Rover is a bleak film set in a very particular future. It's 10 years after a world-wide economic collapse, and the Australian outback is populated by unhinged people exhausted by heat and despair. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 44248 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-ida Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 40283 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Locke' Is More Involving Than Recent Hollywood Extravaganzas http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-locke Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A new movie called "Locke" lists a dozen actors in its credits, but only one of them appears on screen. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says that's what makes this film special.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Locke" sounds contrived, and it is. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 39800 at http://publicradioeast.org Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly http://publicradioeast.org/post/erroll-morris-makes-rumsfeld-story-film-friendly Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's compare two documentary films about two wartime Secretaries of Defense. Errol Morris directed "Fog of War," about a Pentagon leader in the Vietnam-era. And Morris's new film focuses on Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary during the war in Iraq.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE UNKNOWN KNOWN")<p>DONALD RUMSFELD: There are no knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 38075 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-childs-pose Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film will be handed out in a couple weeks. And though Romania's "Child's Pose" is not one of the finalists, film critic Kenneth Turan says its as good as any of them.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "Child's Pose" sounds like something elementary and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, a ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, is anything but simple. "Child's Pose" benefits from a spectacular performance by Luminita Gheorghiu, Romania's most gifted actress. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 35019 at http://publicradioeast.org A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success http://publicradioeast.org/post/tale-thats-labor-love-not-complete-success Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. And Hollywood can sometimes disappoint. Marc Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Winter's Tale" is so clearly a labor of love for writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 34982 at http://publicradioeast.org Helprin's 'Winter Tale' Brought To Life On Silver Screen http://publicradioeast.org/post/helprins-winter-tale-brought-life-silver-screen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads, and Hollywood doesn't always hit the mark. Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Winter's Tale" is so clearly a labor of love for writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 34509 at http://publicradioeast.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://publicradioeast.org/post/bruce-derns-transcendent-performance-nebraska Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Back in May at the Cannes film festival, Bruce Dern won the best acting award for "Nebraska." That movie is now opening in theaters in the U.S. and here's film critic Kenneth Turan with a review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: It's the letter everyone's received. The one that says you've won a million dollars but is actually about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that individual was your crabby, cranky father and he insisted on going to prize headquarters to collect his money? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 27807 at http://publicradioeast.org Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special' http://publicradioeast.org/post/animator-hayao-miyzasakis-wind-rises-special Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A legendary Japanese animator has a new film out this week. It's only in select theaters for one week only, just enough to qualify for the Oscars. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says "The Wind Rises" is worth seeking out.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: To see "The Wind Rises" is to both marvel at the work of Hiyo Miyzasaki and regret that this film is likely his last. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 27283 at http://publicradioeast.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://publicradioeast.org/post/soulless-counselor-terminally-bleak Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. The writer Cormac McCarthy has won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. He has never written an original screenplay produced until now. That film, "The Counselor," opens this weekend. Kenneth Turan has our review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "The Counselor" is as cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but that wouldn't make the movie any better. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 26249 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Rush' Gets Points For Style, Doesn't Win Our Hearts http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-rush Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Formula One racing is having its moment on American movie screens. The documentary "Senna" was a hit a few years back, and now "Rush" is in theaters. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: The elegant cars of Formula One racing are thoroughbreds. But "Rush," the new film set in that world, is more of a hybrid. It attempts to combine Hollywood style with an independent film sensibility with mixed results. The Hollywood style comes from director Ron Howard. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:51:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 23923 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Wadjda' Is First Feature Film Shot In Saudi Arabia http://publicradioeast.org/post/wadjda-first-feature-film-shot-saudi-arabia Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old Saudi girl determined to have a bicycle in a culture that frowns on female riding. Writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour says she wanted to put a human face on the situation of women in Saudi Arabia, where driving is not permitted. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:58:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 23232 at http://publicradioeast.org Movie Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-lee-daniels-butler The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 21170 at http://publicradioeast.org 'The Wolverine' Grumbles All The Way http://publicradioeast.org/post/wolverine-grumbles-all-way Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In Hollywood, studios are always crunching numbers at the box office. And the popular X-Men series is back in movie theaters. "The Wolverine" stars actor Hugh Jackman playing the superhuman role for the sixth time. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: One might think that having superpowers - or at least extraordinary abilities - would make the person cheerful, if not downright happy. But comic book heroes are forever complaining about their lot in life. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 19574 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://publicradioeast.org/post/pacific-rim-filled-brim-special-effects Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Another movie opening is "Pacific Rim." Critic Kenneth Turan says it has plenty of explosions and special effects, but he says there's actually more to it than most of the other blockbusters this summer.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: A plot where aliens face off against robots may sound like too much of the same old thing. But director Guillermo del Toro is more than a filmmaker. He's a fantasy visionary with an outsized imagination and a fanatical specificity, and the results are spectacular. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 18483 at http://publicradioeast.org Movie Review: 'Oblivion' http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-oblivion Oblivion just might be the most expensive episode of The Twilight Zone ever made. The movie is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 12343 at http://publicradioeast.org Movie Review: 'Trance' http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-trance Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The director Danny Boyle is best known for the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire." His latest film is called "Trance," but Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan was not put under its spell.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Trance" begins with the auction of a painting by Goya.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TRANCE")<p>JAMES MCAVOY: (As Simon) Telephone bidder now, $26 million; 26 on the telephone, 27 to the lady on the aisle. Selling, 27 million, 500 thousand pounds - sold...<p>TURAN: And then it's stolen. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:29:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11265 at http://publicradioeast.org Roger Ebert: More Than A Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down Guy http://publicradioeast.org/post/roger-ebert-more-thumbs-thumbs-down-guy Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday. He was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation. On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert was 70. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11017 at http://publicradioeast.org Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot' http://publicradioeast.org/post/movie-review-gimme-loot Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>"Gimme The Loot" is a new independent film that's had a charmed life, including winning the Best Narrative prize at South by Southwest and an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan says it's worth the fuss.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: We meet Malcolm and Sofia as they're stealing spray paint from a hardware store.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "GIMME THE LOOT")<p>TASHIANA WASHINGTON: (Unintelligible)<p>TURAN: They're committed graffiti writers and best friends, living in the grittiest part of the Bronx. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:43:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10522 at http://publicradioeast.org