Kenneth Turan http://weku.fm en 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://weku.fm/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 56017 at http://weku.fm Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://weku.fm/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 51919 at http://weku.fm 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://weku.fm/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 47016 at http://weku.fm Movie Review: 'Trance' http://weku.fm/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 42434 at http://weku.fm Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot' http://weku.fm/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 41996 at http://weku.fm How 'Sound City' Changed The Face Of Rock 'N Roll http://weku.fm/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 11:28:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 39195 at http://weku.fm Daniel Day-Lewis 'Simply Becomes Lincoln' http://weku.fm/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 35602 at http://weku.fm Kenneth Turan Reviews: 'Robot And Frank' http://weku.fm/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 10:21:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 31821 at http://weku.fm 'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard http://weku.fm/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 31302 at http://weku.fm Back To The Future With 'Total Recall' Remake http://weku.fm/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 30583 at http://weku.fm Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' http://weku.fm/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 29492 at http://weku.fm Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' 'Avengers' Usher In Summer Blockbuster Movies http://weku.fm/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 10:28:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 25934 at http://weku.fm Stop Motion Animation Brings 'Pirates! Band Of Misfits' Alive http://weku.fm/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 25575 at http://weku.fm 'Marley' Has Great Music, Remarkable Personal Story http://weku.fm/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 25198 at http://weku.fm 'Bully' Examines Students Targeted By Their Peers http://weku.fm/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 24127 at http://weku.fm 'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry http://weku.fm/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 23286 at http://weku.fm Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood http://weku.fm/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 18443 at http://weku.fm Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood 'Mission Impossible' Review http://weku.fm/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 18118 at http://weku.fm 'Shame:' Difficult To Watch, Hard To Turn Away From http://weku.fm/post/shame-difficult-watch-hard-turn-away A new film called Shame arrives in theaters with several honors, including the best actor award from the Venice Film Festival. It also arrives with a rare NC-17 rating. Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a New Yorker who's addicted to sex. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 17275 at http://weku.fm Scorsese Brings 'Hugo' To The Big Screen http://weku.fm/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 16705 at http://weku.fm 'Happy Feet Two' Lacks Satisfying Story http://weku.fm/post/happy-feet-2-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 16489 at http://weku.fm Clint Eastwood Takes On FBI Legend 'J. Edgar' http://weku.fm/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 16049 at http://weku.fm Margin Call Review http://weku.fm/post/margin-call-review 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 14744 at http://weku.fm The Dancing Is Hotter In 'Footloose' 2011 http://weku.fm/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 14299 at http://weku.fm 'Moneyball' Revolutionizes How Baseball Is Played http://weku.fm/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 13000 at http://weku.fm 'Senna' Captures Racing Legend's Personality http://weku.fm/post/senna-captures-racing-legends-personality Brazil's Ayrton Senna was the boy genius of Formula One racing. He won three world championships before he died in a crash in 1994 at age 34. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10713 at http://weku.fm Last 'Potter' Movie Is One Of The Best http://weku.fm/post/last-potter-movie-one-best Harry Potter has headlined seven films over 10 years, and brought in $1 billion in domestic box office sales. The eighth film opens at midnight, and it already has sold more than $32 million dollars in tickets. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:39:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 8524 at http://weku.fm 'Larry Crowne' Is 'Hollow And Unconvincing' http://weku.fm/post/larry-crowne-hollow-and-unconvincing Larry Crowne stars Tom Hanks, who also directed and co-wrote the movie. It co-stars Julia Roberts. This movie's love connection between student and teacher is one of the most unconvincing in memory. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 7686 at http://weku.fm 'Cars 2' Uses 3D Better Than Most Live Action Films http://weku.fm/post/cars-2-uses-3d-better-most-live-action-films It's the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation and the studio is marking the occasion with a new Cars film. The original came out five years ago and was very successful. Cars 2 is so close to the heart of John Lasseter that he carved out time from being the creative czar of both Pixar and Disney animation to direct it himself. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 7287 at http://weku.fm 'Submarine' Examines Teenage Boy's Coming Of Age http://weku.fm/post/submarine-examines-teenage-boys-coming-age In Hollywood, now is the time summer blockbusters start being released. But some good smaller films work their way into the mix too. The coming of age story, Submarine, may be one of the best. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 5456 at http://weku.fm