Kenneth Turan http://wfae.org en 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://wfae.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 50080 at http://wfae.org 'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe http://wfae.org/post/divergent-film-about-risk-taker-plays-it-safe Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, Shailene Woodley's character in the movie "Divergent" is part of a huge trend in books and films these days: a young risk taker who's unafraid to break the rules. From Harry Potter to "Twilight's" Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Film critic Kenneth Turan says even though "Divergent" is about a risk taker, the film takes no risks at all.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Divergent" is set in the future, a century after a catastrophic war has turned cities into shadows of themselves. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 47401 at http://wfae.org 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://wfae.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 45683 at http://wfae.org A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success http://wfae.org/post/tale-thats-labor-love-not-complete-success Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. And Hollywood can sometimes disappoint. Marc Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Winter's Tale" is so clearly a labor of love for writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 45649 at http://wfae.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://wfae.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 39306 at http://wfae.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://wfae.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 37943 at http://wfae.org 'Wadjda' Is First Feature Film Shot In Saudi Arabia http://wfae.org/post/wadjda-first-feature-film-shot-saudi-arabia Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old Saudi girl determined to have a bicycle in a culture that frowns on female riding. Writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour says she wanted to put a human face on the situation of women in Saudi Arabia, where driving is not permitted. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:39:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 35279 at http://wfae.org 'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects http://wfae.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 31168 at http://wfae.org Movie Review: 'World War Z' http://wfae.org/post/movie-review-world-war-z In World War Z, Bradd Pitt saves the world from a zombie apocalypse. When Pitt's character gets stuck in a Philadelphia traffic jam with his family, that's when the apocalypse begins. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 29854 at http://wfae.org Movie Review: 'Trance' http://wfae.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 24891 at http://wfae.org