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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: While the real life Edward Snowden remains exiled in Moscow and human rights advocates seek a presidential pardon for him, Oliver Stone has produced a film that makes a spirited defense of the NSA whistleblower simply called "Snowden." The movie is out today. And MORNING EDITION and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan joined us to talk about it. Hey, Kenny. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: So Oliver...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: 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. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BEN-HUR") CHARLTON HESTON: (As Judah Ben-Hur) Rome is strangling my people and my country and the whole Earth. The day Rome falls, there will be a shout of freedom such as the world has never heard before. MONTAGNE: As it turned...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: "Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "The Big Lebowski," "No Country For Old Men" - Joel and Ethan Coen, better known as the Coen brothers, have brought movie-goers some of the most distinctive, quirky movies of the last three decades. They are back in theaters today with their latest, "Hail, Caesar!" And Kenneth Turan joined us to talk about it. Good morning. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee....

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The movie about Steve Jobs opens today. It is inspired by a best-selling biography of the Apple cofounder that came out in 2011, right around the time of Steve Jobs' death. Now, you notice we say the movie was inspired by - not based on - the biography. There's a difference. And our film critic Kenneth Turan is here tells about it. Hi, Ken. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Hey, Steve, how are you doing? INSKEEP:...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Now that summer movies are behind us, one of the first big movies of the fall season hits theaters today. "Black Mass" is a biopic of the notorious Boston crime boss James Whitey Bulger. It stars Johnny Depp in a surprisingly terrifying role, here menacing one of his associates. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BLACK MASS") JOHNNY DEPP: (As James Whitey Bulger) Take the money. Keep your mouth shut about what you...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: 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. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" has been polished to a high sheen by people who know how to get entertainment business done. It's a familiar spy-versus-spy diversion...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: 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. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "McFarland USA" is an unapologetically inspirational Disney sports movie. It sounds familiar and to a certain extent it is. But good acting and directing unite with an...

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Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: One of the most talked-about movie performances of the year involves a woman facing a disease commonly associated with older Americans, Alzheimer's. In "Still Alice," Julianne Moore plays a woman who is relatively young, a renowned linguistics professor who finds herself losing words. Film critic Kenneth Turan has this review. KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Still Alice" is scarier than any Elm Street...

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