Articles by Kenneth Turan



Anti-Bush Film Takes Palme d'Or at Cannes

  • 24 May 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
It's hard to render Michael Moore speechless, but the jury at the Cannes Film Festival did just that Saturday when it awarded the director the coveted Palme d'Or for his incendiary new political documentary, ""Fahrenheit 9/11.""

The Awesome, Empty Return of the Power Puff Gang

  • 29 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
My immigrant mother didn't live to see ""Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,"" and, not being exactly a member of the key demographic group, her attendance would hardly have been a sure thing in any case.

The Awesome, Empty Return of the Power Puff Gang

  • 29 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
My immigrant mother didn't live to see ""Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,"" and, not being exactly a member of the key demographic group, her attendance would hardly have been a sure thing in any case.

'Sinbad' Sails Across the Same Old Seas

  • 22 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Though you wouldn't know it from ""Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,"" the original Sinbad was a merchant from Baghdad, a truth-stretching, tale-spinning protagonist of the celebrated Arabian Nights.

'Sinbad' Sails Across the Same Old Seas

  • 22 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Though you wouldn't know it from ""Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,"" the original Sinbad was a merchant from Baghdad, a truth-stretching, tale-spinning protagonist of the celebrated Arabian Nights.

This Horse Comes Out a Big Winner

  • 08 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Life, it's been truly said, has more imagination than we do, and the astonishing story of Seabiscuit proves that absolutely.

This Horse Comes Out a Big Winner

  • 08 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Life, it's been truly said, has more imagination than we do, and the astonishing story of Seabiscuit proves that absolutely.

A Moral Fog Hovers Over Their London

  • 25 July 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Nigerian-born Okwe, an immigrant cabdriver hustling for customers at a London airport, knows just how to chat up potential fares abandoned by their car services. ""I am here,"" he says with elegance and precision, ""to rescue those who have been let down by the system.""

A Moral Fog Hovers Over Their London

  • 25 July 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Nigerian-born Okwe, an immigrant cabdriver hustling for customers at a London airport, knows just how to chat up potential fares abandoned by their car services. ""I am here,"" he says with elegance and precision, ""to rescue those who have been let down by the system.""

A Killer Robot Movie With a Heart

  • 04 July 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
""I am an obsolete design,"" Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-101 says with as much melancholy as a machine can muster, but hearing the line spoken in ""Terminator 3"" makes you wonder if the actor had himself in mind as much as his character.

A Killer Robot Movie With a Heart

  • 04 July 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
""I am an obsolete design,"" Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-101 says with as much melancholy as a machine can muster, but hearing the line spoken in ""Terminator 3"" makes you wonder if the actor had himself in mind as much as his character.

Gads of Guts, Gore and Do-Gooders

  • 23 May 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Handsomely made, well-meaning but finally frustrating and unsatisfying, Tears of the Sun is an example of a previously unseen hybrid, the socially conscious, humanitarian action movie.

Gads of Guts, Gore and Do-Gooders

  • 23 May 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Handsomely made, well-meaning but finally frustrating and unsatisfying, Tears of the Sun is an example of a previously unseen hybrid, the socially conscious, humanitarian action movie.

Star's Snug Fit Sags in All Wrong Places

  • 14 March 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Ben Affleck is the most perplexing of movie stars: The parts he's been in haven't necessarily suited him or made him seem comfortable. Until now.

Star's Snug Fit Sags in All Wrong Places

  • 14 March 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Ben Affleck is the most perplexing of movie stars: The parts he's been in haven't necessarily suited him or made him seem comfortable. Until now.

Eminem's Star Turn Shouts Yo, Hollywood!

  • 28 February 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Just as ""8 Mile's"" story is book-ended by battles, one-on-one gladiatorial rap contests in which the audience picks a winner, so the film itself is a battle between God's angry man.

Eminem's Star Turn Shouts Yo, Hollywood!

  • 28 February 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Just as ""8 Mile's"" story is book-ended by battles, one-on-one gladiatorial rap contests in which the audience picks a winner, so the film itself is a battle between God's angry man.

Mission Accomplished, Yet Again

  • 10 January 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Robert Rodriguez is more than in touch with his inner child, he's involved in a lucrative partnership with the little fellow. Following the disarmingly clever and successful ""Spy Kids"" (2001) with a sequel, ""Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.""

Mission Accomplished, Yet Again

  • 10 January 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Robert Rodriguez is more than in touch with his inner child, he's involved in a lucrative partnership with the little fellow. Following the disarmingly clever and successful ""Spy Kids"" (2001) with a sequel, ""Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.""

Woo Goes to War in 'Windtalkers'

  • 29 November 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
In ""Windtalkers,"" John Woo takes off from one of the great true stories of that conflict: how the impenetrability and difficulty of the unwritten Navajo language turned it into a Pacific theater combat code that Japan was unable to break.

Woo Goes to War in 'Windtalkers'

  • 29 November 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
In ""Windtalkers,"" John Woo takes off from one of the great true stories of that conflict: how the impenetrability and difficulty of the unwritten Navajo language turned it into a Pacific theater combat code that Japan was unable to break.

Lives Collide In a New York Nightmare

  • 15 November 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Compelling yet off-putting, quietly realistic as well as completely contrived, shameless in the name of social responsibility, ""Changing Lanes"" is a frustrating yet deeply watchable melodrama that makes you think it's a tougher picture than it is.

Lives Collide In a New York Nightmare

  • 15 November 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Compelling yet off-putting, quietly realistic as well as completely contrived, shameless in the name of social responsibility, ""Changing Lanes"" is a frustrating yet deeply watchable melodrama that makes you think it's a tougher picture than it is.

For Tom Hanks, a Road Less Traveled

  • 01 November 02
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Half a century ago, James Stewart, at that point the most beloved of Hollywood leading men, decided it was time for something completely different.

For Tom Hanks, a Road Less Traveled

  • 01 November 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Half a century ago, James Stewart, at that point the most beloved of Hollywood leading men, decided it was time for something completely different.

Stars Keep 'K-PAX' Aloft

  • 18 October 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
K-PAX is a pleasant enough entertainment raised above its station by the quality of its acting. While the story line gets increasingly questionable, the fact that Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges are taking it seriously makes a good deal of difference.

Stars Keep 'K-PAX' Aloft

  • 18 October 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
K-PAX is a pleasant enough entertainment raised above its station by the quality of its acting. While the story line gets increasingly questionable, the fact that Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges are taking it seriously makes a good deal of difference.

A Vietnam Battle Saga at War With Itself

  • 23 August 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
For a simple-minded film, which is what it is, ""We Were Soldiers"" manages to frustrate with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences.

A Vietnam Battle Saga at War With Itself

  • 23 August 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
For a simple-minded film, which is what it is, ""We Were Soldiers"" manages to frustrate with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences.

Their Particular Brand of Dysfunction

  • 26 July 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Watching ""The Royal Tenenbaums"" is as close as we're likely to get to being kidnapped by extraterrestrials and spirited away to their strange world.