Kenneth Turan http://wmra.org en 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://wmra.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 39288 at http://wmra.org 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://wmra.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 36258 at http://wmra.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://wmra.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 32072 at http://wmra.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://wmra.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 31122 at http://wmra.org 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://wmra.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 26188 at http://wmra.org Movie Review: 'Trance' http://wmra.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 21732 at http://wmra.org Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot' http://wmra.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 21325 at http://wmra.org Movie Review: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' http://wmra.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 20073 at http://wmra.org Daniel Day-Lewis 'Simply Becomes Lincoln' http://wmra.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 15443 at http://wmra.org Langella Holds The Screen In 'Robot And Frank' http://wmra.org/post/langella-holds-screen-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 11:16:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11890 at http://wmra.org