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

  • In 'Princess Kaguya,' a wondrous parable about what matters
    In 'Princess Kaguya,' a wondrous parable about what matters

    "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty. While almost everything about it bespeaks its origins in a culture very different from the West, the delicacy and grace of its sublime imagery...

  • Moral ambiguity fuels low-key intensity of police drama 'Felony'
    Moral ambiguity fuels low-key intensity of police drama 'Felony'

    Starring a trio of top male actors in splendid roles, the intricate, intimate "Felony" is a police story crossed with a perceptive psychological drama. Three very different Sydney, Australia, detectives, each one determined to do the right thing, have to decide how to define justice...

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