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

  • The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

    The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

    It was the rare film of Graham Greene's work that the novelist was happy with, the only example of Orson Welles' that the actor liked well enough to watch on television. A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, it could only be "The Third Man," and it is back in the best shape...

  • 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' resonates marvelously

    'What Happened, Miss Simone?' resonates marvelously

    "What Happened, Miss Simone?" answers its own question. This impressive and deeply felt documentary starts with that query, asked by Maya Angelou in a 1970 magazine article, and then intimately examines the tumultuous, at times tragic life of the exquisite vocal stylist who battled her troubled...

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