Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Last Race (2018) "We don't look good, but we like to go fast," one driver says, summing it all up, a fitting tribute to a proud but imperiled subculture and the surprising film that wants to ensure it is not forgotten.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
83% Green Book (2018) "Green Book" is a savvy and super effective piece of popular entertainment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) How this all played out in terms of the Austrian election will surprise no one, but seeing how much the situation came to prefigure the contemporary house of mirrors in Europe as well as America still comes as something of a shock.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
74% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe's work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh's presence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
58% Outlaw King (2018) While we likely have not seen the end of Robert the Bruce on film, this for sure is a worthy addition to the canon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Using their great ability with comic dialogue, the Coens exaggerate and subvert familiar western tropes to gleeful comic effect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) A tip-top piece of entertainment starring Hugh Jackman as Hart and Vera Farmiga as his wife, Lee, that is as significant as it is enjoyable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The visual allure of this production is undeniable, but having the nerve to be simple and nice all the way through is, even for Disney, verging on being a lost art.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) The result is surprisingly companionable and enjoyable, an unhurried look at a location that is in no kind of rush, a place that is concerned most of all with preserving the way it's always been.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
97% Maria By Callas (2018) "Maria By Callas..." expertly presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred by the extent of her gifts and the way they connected to both audiences and her tumultuous life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
87% A Private War (2018) It's that this fierce, lived-in performance, complete down to the drawn face and go-for-it personality, is so convincing that people who knew Colvin were shaken at the resemblance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
43% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Like many relationships, it sounds improbable but it succeeds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88% To Die For (1995) A smart black comedy that skewers America's fatal fascination with television and celebrity, it employs an unerring nasty touch to parody our omnipresent culture of fame. And it uses a rather unlikely combination of talents to do the job.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
38% Viper Club (2018) While the reality that inspired its story is shocking and disturbing, the resulting film finally is not.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% On Her Shoulders (2018) On Her Shoulders is an intimate, empathetic documentary, made with discretion and power.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
59% Miracle on 34th Street (1994) When [it] remembers that it's supposed to be a sweet piece of hokum, when it has the wit to leave Attenborough and Wilson on the screen together and forget about its rash of putative improvements, it does offer well-scrubbed family fare.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
90% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) An amusing and authoritative documentary directed by Peter Bogdanovich that both satisfies the true believer and offers the agnostic a place to begin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) If the setting of "The Guilty" couldn't be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn't be more gripping and involving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" demands not our love for this supremely difficult person but rather our respect for her defiance of an unsympathetic world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is so good it's worth seeing "Beautiful Boy" for his work alone.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) What unnecessary imprisonment does to families is often written about in abstract terms, but to see what it did to one specific family runs an emotional gamut that the patience of this heroically committed filmmaker does full justice to.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) It's likely only a filmmaker of Greengrass' experience and stature could have gotten it made at all, let alone so successfully.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Both a fine introduction for those who don't know the work and a thoughtful examination of the issues surrounding him for those who do.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) A moving, emotionally convincing experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Passionate, emotional and fearless, the gangbusters "A Star Is Born" is poised to become the movie of the moment - the one everyone has to see right now.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
99% Free Solo (2018) Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A puckish film with a wistful quality, a gently comic end-of-the-line adventure about doing what you love, the passage of time and the things that might have been.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) Even in a year of extraordinary documentaries like "RBG," "Won't You Be My Neighbor" and "Three Identical Strangers," "Science Fair" is something special.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
No Score Yet When You Read This Letter (Quand tu Liras Cette Lettre) (1953) This may not be Melville at his best, but it has its moments.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
95% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A poetic documentary with a gift for making enrapturing imagery out of what sound like ordinary, everyday events.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
84% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Laying it all out with a piercing authenticity, Holofcener makes us hope that the wait till her next feature is not quite so long.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni, working in English and the local language of Nyanja, has an unforced way of dealing with themes like exploitation, oppression and superstition, showing how easy it can be for nonsense to pass itself off as sense.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
90% Hal (2018) "Hal" deals with each of the director's films in a smart, engaging manner.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
70% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) An involving and intelligent entertainment, if it ends up somewhat less than the sum of its parts, it's not for lack of attempting something different.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
90% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) "Perfection" at times risks being too pleased with itself for its own good, but its one-of-a-kind credentials are never in doubt.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) Yes, Malkin grabbed Eichmann, but the film about how it all went down does not return the favor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) "Crime + Punishment" is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
82% The Oslo Diaries (2018) A story that is heartening and heartbreaking by turn.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) To its credit, whenever things get too treacly, Priscilla knows enough to break out those frocks and get the show in gear. That is entertainment for sure.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is comic, heartfelt and smart as they come - a rare combination these days.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) Strong acting, especially by Close, helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
92% 93Queen (2018) Brings an instinctive yet clear-eyed sympathy for these women's remarkable story, joined with an ability to be candid about the difficulties that arose within the group and with the greater Hasidic community.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% American Dream (1992) Its focus on the smoldering economic fury of working-class Americans adroitly illuminates the reasons for the backlash that politicians of both parties are finding increasingly difficult to ignore.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) An old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) [Lee] is not only still on fire but has found a story that allows him to be as excited and involved as he was when it all began.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
94% Nico, 1988 (2018) Dyrholm, an actress of formidable presence who expertly handles her own singing as well as the acting, gives a strong, truthful, unflinching performance that powers the film the way Christa's energy powered the bands she was in those late days.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Like its determined heroine, "Night Comes On" burns with a smoldering fire, a heat that is no less intense, no less effective, for remaining largely beneath the surface.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-eda is too polished a filmmaker for "The Third Murder" not to be of interest, but its focus is finally too fuzzy to compel the way the best of the director's work does.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) "Dark Money" takes a detailed look at an unexpectedly complex situation that is at the heart of political action today.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald has never starred in a film until "Puzzle," and her delicate but deeply felt performance, along with the work of... Irrfan Khan and the rest of the cast, make this gentle, thoughtful yet pointed film the undeniable success it is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
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