Kenneth Turan http://kwit.org en 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 'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic' http://kwit.org/post/childs-pose-feels-terrifyingly-authentic Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film will be handed out in a couple weeks. And though Romania's "Child's Pose" is not one of the finalists, film critic Kenneth Turan says its as good as any of them.<p>KENNETH TURAN: "Child's Pose" sounds like something elementary and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, a ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, is anything but simple. "Child's Pose" benefits from a spectacular performance by Luminita Gheorghiu, Romania's most gifted actress. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 39847 at http://kwit.org A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success http://kwit.org/post/tale-thats-labor-love-not-complete-success Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. And Hollywood can sometimes disappoint. Marc Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Winter's Tale" is so clearly a labor of love for writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 39813 at http://kwit.org Helprin's 'Winter Tale' Brought To Life On Silver Screen http://kwit.org/post/helprins-winter-tale-brought-life-silver-screen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads, and Hollywood doesn't always hit the mark. Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Winter's Tale" is so clearly a labor of love for writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 39436 at http://kwit.org Bruce Dern's 'Transcendent Performance' In 'Nebraska' http://kwit.org/post/bruce-derns-transcendent-performance-nebraska Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Back in May at the Cannes film festival, Bruce Dern won the best acting award for "Nebraska." That movie is now opening in theaters in the U.S. and here's film critic Kenneth Turan with a review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: It's the letter everyone's received. The one that says you've won a million dollars but is actually about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that individual was your crabby, cranky father and he insisted on going to prize headquarters to collect his money? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 34025 at http://kwit.org Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special' http://kwit.org/post/animator-hayao-miyzasakis-wind-rises-special Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A legendary Japanese animator has a new film out this week. It's only in select theaters for one week only, just enough to qualify for the Oscars. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says "The Wind Rises" is worth seeking out.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: To see "The Wind Rises" is to both marvel at the work of Hiyo Miyzasaki and regret that this film is likely his last. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 33583 at http://kwit.org 'Ender's Game' Movie Shows Hero's Lasting Appeal http://kwit.org/post/enders-game-movie-shows-heros-lasting-appeal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for teenage readers for nearly 30 years. L.A. Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan says the new movie version shows why the story's hero is so appealing to young people.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: The rise of misfit Andrew Ender Wiggin to a position of power in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. But just because those wretched adults need Ender to fight their battles, that doesn't stop them from being devious and deceitful. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 33174 at http://kwit.org Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak http://kwit.org/post/soulless-counselor-terminally-bleak Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. The writer Cormac McCarthy has won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. He has never written an original screenplay produced until now. That film, "The Counselor," opens this weekend. Kenneth Turan has our review.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "The Counselor" is as cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but that wouldn't make the movie any better. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:24:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 32733 at http://kwit.org