Kenneth Turan http://wcbe.org en 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://wcbe.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 51638 at http://wcbe.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://wcbe.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 46546 at http://wcbe.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://wcbe.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 45372 at http://wcbe.org 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://wcbe.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 39211 at http://wcbe.org Movie Review: 'Trance' http://wcbe.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 33651 at http://wcbe.org Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot' http://wcbe.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 33124 at http://wcbe.org Movie Review: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' http://wcbe.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 31540 at http://wcbe.org How 'Sound City' Changed The Face Of Rock 'N Roll http://wcbe.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 29902 at http://wcbe.org Daniel Day-Lewis 'Simply Becomes Lincoln' http://wcbe.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 25656 at http://wcbe.org Kenneth Turan Reviews: 'Robot And Frank' http://wcbe.org/post/kenneth-turan-reviews-robot-and-frank Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, the summer blockbuster season at the movies is nearly over, which means some smaller and more independent films are making their way into theaters. Film critic Kenneth Turan saw "Robot and Frank."<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Robot and Frank" is a movie that makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. It deftly uses elements from both science fiction and classic caper films to tell its futuristic tale. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:01:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 21459 at http://wcbe.org 'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard http://wcbe.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 20882 at http://wcbe.org Back To The Future With 'Total Recall' Remake http://wcbe.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 09:14:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 20048 at http://wcbe.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' http://wcbe.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 18769 at http://wcbe.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' 'Avengers' Usher In Summer Blockbuster Movies http://wcbe.org/post/avengers-usher-summer-blockbuster-movies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, so it's still officially spring, but the movie world is kicking off the summer blockbuster season this weekend with a whole lineup of superheroes in Marvel's "The Avengers." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan's review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "The Avengers" are here, and resistance is futile. Even if you don't particularly like comic book adaptations, this film might make a believer of you. "The Avengers" begins with the bad news that a tiny, but enormously powerful extraterrestrial energy source has started to act up. Fri, 04 May 2012 10:46:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 15262 at http://wcbe.org Stop Motion Animation Brings 'Pirates! Band Of Misfits' Alive http://wcbe.org/post/stop-motion-animation-brings-pirates-band-misfits-alive Stop motion animation, where physical objects are manipulated literally frame by frame to give the illusion of movement, is one of the oldest movie techniques, but it's being used in a brand new film called The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:12:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 8019 at http://wcbe.org 'Marley' Has Great Music, Remarkable Personal Story http://wcbe.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 10:46:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 7691 at http://wcbe.org 'Bully' Examines Students Targeted By Their Peers http://wcbe.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 6762 at http://wcbe.org 'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry http://wcbe.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 6066 at http://wcbe.org Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood http://wcbe.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 2040 at http://wcbe.org Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood 'Mission Impossible' Review http://wcbe.org/post/mission-impossible-review Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The title doesn't have the number in it, but anyone who cares knows "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is really "Mission: Impossible 4." The movie is opening this weekend on huge IMAX screens only. Next week it will be in regular theaters. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 1768 at http://wcbe.org