Kenneth Turan http://kwit.org en Movie Review: 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' http://kwit.org/post/movie-review-dawn-planet-apes Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It was 1968 on the calendar - or some future date in movie time - when Charlton Heston first told those dirty apes to keep their stinking paws off him. Out in theaters today is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the latest film in the epic saga of interspecies conflict. Critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: If you want apes, you've come to the right place. If people are your passion - not so much. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" shows us masses of intelligent apes swarming the screen as masters of all they survey. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 48175 at http://kwit.org Carney's 'Begin Again' Doesn't Match His Hit 'Once' http://kwit.org/post/carneys-begin-again-doesnt-match-his-hit-once Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>John Carney is an Irish writer and director. He brought us the landmark film, "Once" - a small independent movie that became a Broadway musical blockbuster that won eight Tony's. Carney now has a new movie out and Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "Begin Again" is an insistent puppy of a movie just about willing you to like it. You'd have to be a troll to resist it completely. But you may end up wanting to enjoy it more than you can. "Begin Again" is the latest effort by John Carney. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 47323 at http://kwit.org Clint Eastwood Takes 'Jersey Boys' From Broadway To Movie Theaters http://kwit.org/post/clint-eastwood-takes-jersey-boys-broadway-movie-theaters Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And the musical based on the songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, "Jersey Boys," is one of the longest-running plays on Broadway. Today, the movie version arrives in theaters, and its director may come as a surprise. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: Because his movies often dance to a violent tune, its easy to forget Clint Eastwood's passion for music. But if you think music was the only reason he directed "Jersey Boys," you'd be missing the point. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 46883 at http://kwit.org 'Rover' Blends Quiet Character Moments Amid Societal Collapse http://kwit.org/post/rover-blends-quiet-character-moments-amid-societal-collapse The Rover is a bleak film set in a very particular future. It's 10 years after a world-wide economic collapse, and the Australian outback is populated by unhinged people exhausted by heat and despair. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 46738 at http://kwit.org 'Foxcatcher' A Standout At Cannes Film Festival http://kwit.org/post/foxcatcher-standout-cannes-film-festival Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Let's check in now with film critic Kenneth Turan. He's on the line from the south of France to talk about some of the standouts at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Good morning.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>MONTAGNE: So I gather, Ken, that one movie debuting at Cannes is already getting Oscar buzz.<p>TURAN: Yes, it seems a little early for Oscar buzz, but, in fact, that's true. The film is "Foxcatcher." It's directed by Bennett Miller, who did "Capote" and "Moneyball." This film is based on a true story. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 45097 at http://kwit.org 'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland http://kwit.org/post/movie-review-ida Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 43825 at http://kwit.org 'Locke' Is More Involving Than Recent Hollywood Extravaganzas http://kwit.org/post/movie-review-locke Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A new movie called "Locke" lists a dozen actors in its credits, but only one of them appears on screen. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says that's what makes this film special.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Locke" sounds contrived, and it is. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 43471 at http://kwit.org Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly http://kwit.org/post/erroll-morris-makes-rumsfeld-story-film-friendly Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's compare two documentary films about two wartime Secretaries of Defense. Errol Morris directed "Fog of War," about a Pentagon leader in the Vietnam-era. And Morris's new film focuses on Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary during the war in Iraq.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE UNKNOWN KNOWN")<p>DONALD RUMSFELD: There are no knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 42201 at http://kwit.org 'Vivian Maier' Zooms In On Nanny Who Was An Amazing Photographer http://kwit.org/post/vivian-maier-zooms-nanny-who-was-amazing-photographer Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The photographs of Vivian Maier first entered the public eye five years ago, and the art world was astounded. Her midcentury street scenes captured vivid portraits of city life. But it was difficult to get a portrait of Maier herself; she was almost unknown. Now there's a new documentary, called "Finding Vivian Maier."<p>Kenneth Turan has this review.<p>KENNETH TURAN: Vivian Maier took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting, but she didn't let anyone see them. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 41789 at http://kwit.org 'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe http://kwit.org/post/divergent-film-about-risk-taker-plays-it-safe Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, Shailene Woodley's character in the movie "Divergent" is part of a huge trend in books and films these days: a young risk taker who's unafraid to break the rules. From Harry Potter to "Twilight's" Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Film critic Kenneth Turan says even though "Divergent" is about a risk taker, the film takes no risks at all.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Divergent" is set in the future, a century after a catastrophic war has turned cities into shadows of themselves. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 41361 at http://kwit.org