Kenneth Turan http://wuis.org en 'Most Wanted Man' A Worthy Addition To Le Carre's Film Adaptations http://wuis.org/post/most-wanted-man-worthy-addition-le-carres-film-adaptations <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Most+Wanted+Man%27+A+Worthy+Addition+To+Le+Carre%27s+Film+Adaptations&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDQwMzQzMDEzNjMyMTE3MjRkNzlmNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 30000 at http://wuis.org Movie Review: 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' http://wuis.org/post/movie-review-dawn-planet-apes Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It was 1968 on the calendar - or some future date in movie time - when Charlton Heston first told those dirty apes to keep their stinking paws off him. Out in theaters today is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the latest film in the epic saga of interspecies conflict. Critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: If you want apes, you've come to the right place. If people are your passion - not so much. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" shows us masses of intelligent apes swarming the screen as masters of all they survey. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 29045 at http://wuis.org Carney's 'Begin Again' Doesn't Match His Hit 'Once' http://wuis.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 09:35:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 28136 at http://wuis.org Clint Eastwood Takes 'Jersey Boys' From Broadway To Movie Theaters http://wuis.org/post/clint-eastwood-takes-jersey-boys-broadway-movie-theaters Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And the musical based on the songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, "Jersey Boys," is one of the longest-running plays on Broadway. Today, the movie version arrives in theaters, and its director may come as a surprise. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: Because his movies often dance to a violent tune, its easy to forget Clint Eastwood's passion for music. But if you think music was the only reason he directed "Jersey Boys," you'd be missing the point. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 27632 at http://wuis.org 'Rover' Blends Quiet Character Moments Amid Societal Collapse http://wuis.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 10:53:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 27480 at http://wuis.org 'Million Dollar Arm' Delivers Ball-Park Size Enjoyment http://wuis.org/post/million-dollar-arm-delivers-ball-park-size-enjoyment Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Next on this Friday morning, our film critic Kenneth Turan has this pitch for a baseball movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: You can see the stuff "Million Dollar Arm" throws at you from miles away, but that doesn't stop it from being genially enjoyable. It's an example of the pleasant things that happen when a better class of people work on Disney family films.<p>"Million Dollar Arm"'s focus is on sports agent JB Bernstein, played by Jon Hamm of "Mad Men." Desperate for a deal to keep his firm afloat, Bernstein gets a brainstorm. Fri, 16 May 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 25244 at http://wuis.org 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://wuis.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 09:11:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 24175 at http://wuis.org 'Locke' Is More Involving Than Recent Hollywood Extravaganzas http://wuis.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 23764 at http://wuis.org Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly http://wuis.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 22284 at http://wuis.org 'Vivian Maier' Zooms In On Nanny Who Was An Amazing Photographer http://wuis.org/post/vivian-maier-zooms-nanny-who-was-amazing-photographer Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The photographs of Vivian Maier first entered the public eye five years ago, and the art world was astounded. Her midcentury street scenes captured vivid portraits of city life. But it was difficult to get a portrait of Maier herself; she was almost unknown. Now there's a new documentary, called "Finding Vivian Maier."<p>Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: Vivian Maier took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting, but she didn't let anyone see them. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 21807 at http://wuis.org 'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe http://wuis.org/post/divergent-film-about-risk-taker-plays-it-safe Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, Shailene Woodley's character in the movie "Divergent" is part of a huge trend in books and films these days: a young risk taker who's unafraid to break the rules. From Harry Potter to "Twilight's" Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Film critic Kenneth Turan says even though "Divergent" is about a risk taker, the film takes no risks at all.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Divergent" is set in the future, a century after a catastrophic war has turned cities into shadows of themselves. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 21312 at http://wuis.org Documentary Reveals A Different Side Of Elaine Stritch http://wuis.org/post/documentary-reveals-different-side-elaine-stritch Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The performer Elaine Stritch began her career on stage decades ago in New York. Now nearing 90 years old, she's left the Big Apple for Michigan, to be near family. She's been on Broadway, TV and she's known for her voice. To understand her legend, Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan recommends a new documentary. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 20347 at http://wuis.org 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://wuis.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 19577 at http://wuis.org A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success http://wuis.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 17:08:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 19552 at http://wuis.org Helprin's 'Winter Tale' Brought To Life On Silver Screen http://wuis.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 19120 at http://wuis.org Lanzmann's 'Last Of The Unjust' A Provocative Holocaust Film http://wuis.org/post/lanzmanns-last-unjust-provocative-holocaust-film Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Director Claude Lanzmann is a known for making long documentaries about the Holocaust. In 1985, he released a nine-and-a-half hour film called "Shoah," about concentration camps in Poland. Now Lanzmann is back with another look at the Holocaust.<p>Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan says "The Last of the Unjust" is worth your time.<p>KENNETH TURAN: At the advanced age of 87, Claude Lanzmann has directed one of his most provocative films. Not because he wanted to but because he felt he had to. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:24:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 18495 at http://wuis.org 'American Hustle': Hot Streak Continues For David O. Russell http://wuis.org/post/american-hustle-hot-streak-continues-david-o-russell Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Let's go to the movies now. David O. Russell is a director on a clear hot streak. His last two films, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter" pleased critics and also did well at the box office. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says his new film, "American Hustle," is likely to do the same.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: David O. Russell is an audacious original with an affinity for edgy American madness. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:52:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 14924 at http://wuis.org Dench Makes Resolution In 'Philomena' Worth Waiting For http://wuis.org/post/dench-makes-resolution-philomena-worth-waiting Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The actress Judi Dench is in the running for an Oscar once again. She's starring in "Philomena," which hits theaters nationwide this week. Here's our film critic Kenneth Turan.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Philomena" starts with fun and games, but the more serious it becomes, the more it draws you in. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 13995 at http://wuis.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://wuis.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 13084 at http://wuis.org Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special' http://wuis.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 10:07:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 12601 at http://wuis.org 'Ender's Game' Movie Shows Hero's Lasting Appeal http://wuis.org/post/enders-game-movie-shows-heros-lasting-appeal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for teenage readers for nearly 30 years. L.A. Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan says the new movie version shows why the story's hero is so appealing to young people.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: The rise of misfit Andrew Ender Wiggin to a position of power in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. But just because those wretched adults need Ender to fight their battles, that doesn't stop them from being devious and deceitful. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 12131 at http://wuis.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://wuis.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 09:37:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11680 at http://wuis.org 'Gravity' Is Out Of this World Twice Over http://wuis.org/post/movie-review-gravity Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The space shuttle is the vehicle at the center of the new movie "Gravity," which lands in theaters today. The film has been a shining star at this year's fall film festivals, and our film critic, Kenneth Turan, says all the fuss is justified.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Gravity" is out of this world twice over. Words do little to convey the astonishment this space opera creates. It has to be experienced in 3D on a theatrical screen to be fully appreciated. "Gravity" is set 400 miles above the Earth's surface, a bad place for something bad to happen. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10249 at http://wuis.org 'Trials' Relives Painful Past Of Muhammad Ali http://wuis.org/post/trials-relives-painful-past-muhammad-ali Three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been the subject of many documentaries. But a new one has arrived in theaters: The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at the former champion's religious and political beliefs. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 9763 at http://wuis.org 'Rush' Gets Points For Style, Doesn't Win Our Hearts http://wuis.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 9441 at http://wuis.org 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://wuis.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 5622 at http://wuis.org Movie Review: 'Trance' http://wuis.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 08:34:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 905 at http://wuis.org