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 King and the Mockingbird' is a very French, playful tale
    'The King and the Mockingbird' is a very French, playful tale

    Marvelously colorful, casually inventive and completely wacky, "The King and the Mockingbird" just might be the best animated film of the year. Though it's making its American debut in 2014, this French film is a treasure that took decades to reach the screen and even more years to finally...

  • 'Mr. Turner' an unblinking portrait of British artist J.M.W. Turner
    'Mr. Turner' an unblinking portrait of British artist J.M.W. Turner

    J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and "Mr. Turner," the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either.

  • 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...

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