Kenneth Turan http://kbia.org en 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://kbia.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 10:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 52251 at http://kbia.org 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://kbia.org/post/childs-pose-feels-terrifyingly-authentic 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 11:55:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 48614 at http://kbia.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://kbia.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 43829 at http://kbia.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://kbia.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 09:12:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 42705 at http://kbia.org Movie Review: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' http://kbia.org/post/movie-review-jack-giant-slayer Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" has been filmed by people as diverse as Gene Kelly, Chuck Jones and the Three Stooges. Now there's "Jack the Giant Slayer."<p>Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: Pity poor Jack. There he was minding his own business in some dusty fairytale book when he was dragooned into active service as the front man for a would-be blockbuster. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 29697 at http://kbia.org How 'Sound City' Changed The Face Of Rock 'N Roll http://kbia.org/post/how-sound-city-changed-face-rock-n-roll Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>One of the most entertaining documentaries to come out of this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Sound City." The rock musician Dave Grohl, of the band Foo Fighters, is the director - a first for him. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 28170 at http://kbia.org Daniel Day-Lewis 'Simply Becomes Lincoln' http://kbia.org/post/daniel-day-lewis-simply-becomes-lincoln Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This year, we've had not one, but two movies about the sixteenth president of the United States. This spring, "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" slashed its way into theaters. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:28:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 24274 at http://kbia.org 'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard http://kbia.org/post/odd-life-timothy-green-pushes-too-hard Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A new movie in theaters today is titled "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." And film critic, Kenneth Turan, found the movie, itself, odd.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a when you wish upon a star fable in the old school Disney style. It's just the kind of inspirational family-friendly comfort food it feels churlish to rebuff. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:14:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 19426 at http://kbia.org Back To The Future With 'Total Recall' Remake http://kbia.org/post/back-future-total-recall-remake Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Look for a review of the new science fiction epic "Total Recall" and you'll see headlines ready Total Makeover. You might recall the 1990 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. With our review of the remake, here's Kenneth Turan.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: The fun in "Total Recall" is fun while it lasts, it just doesn't last long enough. The action begins at the end of the 21st century. A global chemical war has made most of the earth uninhabitable. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 18661 at http://kbia.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' http://kbia.org/post/whatever-country-no-such-thing-easy-money <em>Easy Money</em> is a fine title for a film, but to truly savor the tang of this top-drawer Scandinavian thriller, try rolling its original Swedish title off your tongue. Say hello to <em>Snabba Cash</em>.<p>Director Daniel Espinosa starts his splendid crime story all in a rush, throwing us right into the middle of a trio of chaotic situations.<p>Introduced first is Jorge, a Chilean living in Sweden — in fact in a Swedish prison. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 17473 at http://kbia.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' Will 'Prometheus' Top 'Alien' Or 'Blade Runner'? http://kbia.org/post/kenneth-turan-reviews-prometheus Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Ridley Scott has made two of the most acclaimed science fiction films, "Alien" and "Blade Runner." Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review of the director's newest sci-fi effort, "Prometheus."<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Prometheus" ends up with less to say than it thinks it does. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:19:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 15545 at http://kbia.org 'Marley' Has Great Music, Remarkable Personal Story http://kbia.org/post/marley-has-great-music-remarkable-personal-story Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Any documentary about a singer-songwriter can provide great music, but with "Marley" you also get a remarkable personal story. We have a review from our critic Kenneth Turan.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Bob Marley, who was only 36 when he died in 1981, could be a dusty musical footnote by now. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:40:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 12724 at http://kbia.org 'Bully' Examines Students Targeted By Their Peers http://kbia.org/post/bully-examines-students-targeted-their-peers Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>A documentary that has been stirring up headlines for weeks finally opens today. "Bully," from producer Harvey Weinstein, has made news for its controversial R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11521 at http://kbia.org 'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry http://kbia.org/post/footnote-takes-ambition-father-son-rivalry Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Israeli film "Footnote" has racked up a pile of awards - Best Screenplay at Cannes, nine awards at Israel's Oscars, and a nomination for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards.<p>Film critic Kenneth Turan says it's all deserved.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "Footnotes"'s subject matter sounds dry, unlikely, even obscure. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10663 at http://kbia.org Review: 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' http://kbia.org/post/review-salmon-fishing-yemen The new film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor. It's a pleasant fantasy whose few attempts at seriousness are best forgotten. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10235 at http://kbia.org Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood http://kbia.org/post/tintins-adventures-take-him-hollywood Tintin — star of a series of vintage Belgian comics that have sold hundreds of millions of copies in dozens of languages — is a crime-fighting boy journalist who specializes in solving riddles with the assistance of his intrepid dog, Snowy.<p>Now, in <em>The Adventures of Tintin</em>, he's come to the big screen, in a tale of derring-do in distant lands that revolves around hidden treasure and a secret scroll that Tintin has and the bad guys want. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:26:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 5744 at http://kbia.org Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood Scorsese Brings 'Hugo' To The Big Screen http://kbia.org/post/scorsese-brings-hugo-big-screen Hugo is the latest film directed by Martin Scorsese. It's based on a children's book, and is decidedly less dark and violent than the films he's most known for. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 4049 at http://kbia.org 'Happy Feet Two' Lacks Satisfying Story http://kbia.org/post/happy-feet-two-lacks-satisfying-story Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And it is always fun to be in the audience for Susan's cranberry relish sequels. Kenneth Turan says there's a sequel opening in theaters today that's not as much fun as the first. Five years ago "Happy Feet" won the Oscar for best animated feature. Now the penguins are back.<p>KENNETH TURAN: It's hard to resist dancing penguins, but "Happy Feet Two" makes you want to try. It features tens of thousands of Antarctic types toe-tapping their way across the screen, but it doesn't have a clear idea of what else it wants them to do. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 3945 at http://kbia.org Clint Eastwood Takes On FBI Legend 'J. Edgar' http://kbia.org/post/clint-eastwood-takes-fbi-legend-j-edgar Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's talk now about a man who served his country out of uniform for generations. J. Edgar Hoover created the Federal Bureau of Investigation as we know it today. In his lifetime, he built up an image as a hero. His career went from the end of World War I to the 1970s. Since death in 1972, many have reevaluated Hoover as a menace. Now, Hoover is the subject of a movie in which he is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Kenneth Turan has a review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "J. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 3429 at http://kbia.org 'Margin Call' Sheds Light On Wall Street Meltdown http://kbia.org/post/margin-call-sheds-light-wall-street-meltdown Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, host: The global financial crisis of 2008 has a lot of dramatic potential. It propelled the Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job" and HBO's movie "Too Big To Fail." Now comes "Margin Call," in theaters this weekend. Kenneth Turan has a review. <p>KENNETH TURAN: "Margin Call" brings us into the inner sanctum of a top Wall Street investment banking firm in peril. The film opens on what everyone in the firm thinks – erroneously, as it turns out - will be the worst part of their day. A team from human resources arrives intent on terminating folks. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 2173 at http://kbia.org The Dancing Is Hotter In 'Footloose' 2011 http://kbia.org/post/dancing-hotter-footloose-2011 As long as daughters pout when fathers proclaim, "I don't want you to see that boy," Footloose will endure. As long as kids want to dance and Hollywood wants to profit from that passion, it will do more than endure. It will be remade. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:55:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 1726 at http://kbia.org 'Moneyball' Revolutionizes How Baseball Is Played http://kbia.org/post/moneyball-revolutionizes-how-baseball-played The new film Moneyball opens in theaters this weekend. It is a rare sports movie that deals with more than wins and losses. It follows the entertaining, real-life quest of a sports revolutionary who wanted to rethink how baseball is played. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 773 at http://kbia.org