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

  • Kenneth Turan's holiday gift guide, Part 2
    Kenneth Turan's holiday gift guide, Part 2

    If you've waited till the last minute to get DVD presents for the holidays, here's another collection of swell items guaranteed to please the movie buff in your life.

  • Sing along with 'Fiddler on the Roof' on Christmas Eve
    Sing along with 'Fiddler on the Roof' on Christmas Eve

    Talk about tradition. For the seventh year running, the Laemmle theater chain will present its annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along, so successful that it's now a fixture at no less than six theaters. Director Norman Jewison turned the hit Broadway musical, based on the classic...

  • Effective 'Difret' looks at abhorrent practice in Ethiopia
    Effective 'Difret' looks at abhorrent practice in Ethiopia

    The compelling "Difret" is a small film with a lot on its mind. Authentic and affecting, this drama about fighting against the Ethiopian tradition of abducting young girls into marriage is potent enough to be that country's official Academy Award submission and gain the support of Angelina...

  • 'Exodus' follows its own path
    'Exodus' follows its own path

    "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is one film where spoiler alerts aren't necessary. Both the Bible and the big screen have so prominently featured the story of fearless prophet Moses and hard-hearted Pharaoh's refusal to let his people go that the events depicted in this latest reenactment will not...

  • 'Salt of the Earth' captures photographer Sebastiao Salgado
    'Salt of the Earth' captures photographer Sebastiao Salgado

    When he looked over the edge of Brazil's massive Serra Pelada mine, about to take one of the 20th century's most iconic photographs, Sebastião Salgado said, "every hair on my body stood on edge. The pyramids, Babel, the history of mankind unfolded. I had traveled to the dawn of time."

  • 'Pioneer' plumbs murky depths of a scary diving challenge
    'Pioneer' plumbs murky depths of a scary diving challenge

    There's genuine history behind Norway's involving "Pioneer," though this drama is not based on real events but rather "inspired" by them. That difference makes for a more absorbing film than it might otherwise have been.

  • 'Still Alice' powerfully presents a mind falling to Alzheimer's
    'Still Alice' powerfully presents a mind falling to Alzheimer's

    Losing your mind is a terrible thing to watch, but the splendid acting in "Still Alice" makes it worth the pain. Scarier than any Elm Street nightmare, a horror film for the rest of us, it succeeds despite itself not because of one strong performance but two.

  • Kenneth Turan's holiday gift guide, Part 1
    Kenneth Turan's holiday gift guide, Part 1

    Movies are a great gift any time of the year, but there are some swell items that make them especially attractive for holiday giving.

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