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Kenneth Turan

Columnist

Kenneth Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post as well as the Times’ book review editor. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he teaches film reviewing and non-fiction writing at USC. His most recent books are “Never Coming To A Theater Near You” and “Free For All: Joe Papp, The Public and The Greatest Theater Story Ever Told.”

Recent Articles

  • A lifetime love affair with Golden Age movie posters
    A lifetime love affair with Golden Age movie posters

    Think of them as snapshots of dreams, intense jolts of visual stimulation that convey the focused essence of a cinematic experience. I'm talking about movie posters, and I am almost as passionate about this art form as I am about film itself, which is saying a lot.

  • 'Child 44' a passable thriller set in 1953 USSR
    'Child 44' a passable thriller set in 1953 USSR

    "Child 44" is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin manages to muster enough punch to hold our interest.

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