Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Les Misérables (2020) Ly's considerable skill aside, what makes "Les Misérables" such an immersive experience is the crackling sense of authenticity that is the film's birthright.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
38% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) They're calling it "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," but, with apologies to the former rock group, "Frankie Goes to Hollywood" is more like it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Who knew that serious talk about the future of the Catholic Church could be the source of so much fun?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
98% Little Women (2019) [T]his is a film in love with its characters' passions, a rich and effortlessly vibrant examination of the four March "little women" and the ways... they're practically bursting with the innocent it's-happening-right-now joy of being young and alive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) Though it's impossible to ignore "Citizen K's" nod to "Citizen Kane..." seeing this involving film leads to the feeling that, however unconventional, Khodorkovsky's path to becoming a small d democrat was a sincere one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
94% Dark Waters (2019) Seeing "Dark Waters" makes you wonder not why more people don't call corporations to account, but why anyone does. And makes us all the more grateful when they do.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
97% I Lost My Body (2019) As inventive a piece of animation as you're likely to see, the extraordinary "I Lost My Body" is about a hand with a mind of its own, and if that sounds a little crazy, this dark, strange and altogether wonderful feature will make you believe.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) "Ford v Ferrari" is made the way Hollywood used to make them, a glorious throwback that combines a smart modern sensibility with the best of traditional storytelling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
64% The Good Liar (2019) Through it all, however, Mirren and McKellen never waver. Smooth at being smooth, their conviction always convinces us, and their ability to register multiple subtle changes of emotion is consistently impressive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
53% Charlie's Angels (2019) Despite all its hand-to-hand fighting, the latest "Charlie's Angels" never really gets a proper grip on things.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
63% American Dharma (2019) "American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon - a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political advisor that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
42% Midway (2019) Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you don't like that it really does not care.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
100% Casque d'Or (1952) The favorite role of star Simone Signoret this is a bravura period romance costarring Serge Reggiani that masterfully interweaves love, violence and fate in turn-of-the-century Paris.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers (2019) History, even film history, has rarely been so gorgeous.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) Though "Harriet" falters when it adds increasing amounts of action melodrama to the mix, the truth of Tubman's life, like leading Union soldiers during the Civil War, continues to astonish, as does the performance of the woman who brings her to life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Those who make the effort to see this fascinating film will feel their time has been equally well spent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) If "Jojo Rabbit" doesn't finally hold together as we'd like it to, it has attempted so much and been so completely its own film that begrudging it good wishes feels not really fair.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) With Syria once again in the news for all the worst reasons, "The Cave" reminds us of the horrors of a situation we have perhaps become numb to and shows us the unforgettable people who don't have that luxury.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019) Fiendishly researched and smartly constructed, "A German Youth" is a formidable piece of documentary detective work focusing on a small but significant historical moment that continues to matter.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Mr. Klein (1976) Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in German-occupied Paris benefits from what might be the best performance of star Alain Delon's long career...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) It is the gift of "Midnight Traveler" to allow us to feel this family's fate in the pit of our stomachs. If the plight of refugees has ever seemed abstract, this film makes sure you know how real it is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, "Pain and Glory" reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As returns to the comedy spotlight go, they don't get much funnier than this.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
83% Judy (2019) "Judy" is not exactly Renee Zellweger's comeback vehicle, but it might as well be. And delivering a devastating, heart-breaking performance as a woman who made a career out of comebacks is the best kind of poetic justice.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
95% Ága (2019) A small gem of focused filmmaking, "Ága" tells a minimal story so beautifully it holds us completely.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version) (1931) The Spanish "Dracula" certainly shares in the drawbacks of the original in being on the slow side and rather stage-bound, but it is noteworthy for its considerable (for its day) eroticism.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) [A] surprisingly brooding examination of a warrior in winter, a dark story of a berserker who can't let go, that's in its own way bleaker and more despairing than we may be expecting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Part of the pleasure for "Downton" regulars is getting reacquainted with its characters, people we have a history with because we've watched them grow and change in 52 episodes that span a 14-year period from 1912 to 1926.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) [A]s depicted in this sprightly, fast-paced documentary directed by Janice Engel, Ivins was a one-of-a-kind commentator who was both smart and savagely funny, using a take-no-prisoners sense of humor to eviscerate those she felt abused the public trust.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) A little bit of faith is all you need to see it through.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Truly, the hits just keep on coming.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) No special effects are front and center here, simply the way a master creator of images pulls us into a dramatic story of great psychological complexity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her innate steeliness and presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong in an almost biblical sense.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) [T]his engaging and enlightening documentary is stuffed with anecdotes, history and information. It makes excellent use of both new interviews and carefully selected archival footage to reveal the building blocks of all this accomplishment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) "Brittany" not only goes places you won't be expecting but it also manages to be simultaneously sympathetic and unsentimental, a picture with a laugh-out-loud sense of humor that can be as real as hell when it needs to be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) The real world is not a just or simple place, this thorough, compelling documentary points out, no matter how deeply we may wish it were.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
88% Aquarela (2019) "Aquarela" is nothing like what you might be expecting. Yes, it's a meditation on water in a multitude of forms, but as directed by Russia's Victor Kossakovsky it's an unexpectedly unnerving film that's at least as terrifying as it is beautiful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Sometimes idiosyncratic directors do surprisingly accessible and moving work when paired with more structured material and a strong and willing star, and so it is with Richard Linklater and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The reality of intergenerational conflict is a given for "Blinded by the Light," but nothing can stand up to the transformative power of the Boss. You can take that to the bank.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
86% This Changes Everything (2019) If anyone needs convincing at this late date that gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is the norm in Hollywood, "This Changes Everything" will get the job done.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Longley... has an almost magical ability to envelope us in other realities. He does it via the poetry of his imagery as well as a gift for focused illumination that creates empathetic portraits of people who are both ordinary and intensely involving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
59% Brian Banks (2019) For "Brian Banks..." it to succeed we have to buy Banks as an exceptional individual, able to rise above adversity and doubts by virtue of his determination, belief in self and overall strength of personality, all of which Hodge urgently conveys.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [A] delicious investigation of the tightrope he walks between the Israeli army and his Palestinian colleagues as well as his dilemma of needing to write and not knowing the first thing about it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
60% Them That Follow (2019) [A]n ambitious and impressive independent production, where the creation of mood and place is so convincing it enables us to buy into a richly melodramatic plot about a taboo romance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
96% Love, Antosha (2019) "Love, Antosha" gives Yelchin's co-workers and the people who knew him best a chance to describe what made him so extraordinary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) What results is a portrait of Wallace in effect in dialogue with himself, a presentation that puts viewers on edge a bit the way the man himself interacted with the world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon a Time" strikes a chord that is distinctly elegiac and unexpectedly emotional, especially coming from him.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) An intentionally disturbing examination of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it both explains and offers a warning shot about the misuse of personal data and how that influenced past elections and might well do so in the future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Other films have bigger budgets and more glamorous stars, some even take home more awards. But few if any can quietly move you as much as "Rosie."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
75% Armstrong (2019) With the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon just days away, movies dealing with the event have been thick on the land for awhile. But even if you think you've seen enough, "Armstrong" is worth your time.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019