Author: Kenneth Turan

Nothing has prepared you for Adam Sandler's heartfelt performance in the finely observed 'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)'

Family. Love it or leave it, or both. No group is closer, yet no group drives people crazier, causing them to feel like complete outsiders. It both hurts and makes it possible for us to heal. Funny, moving and psychologically complex, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is the latest examination… Source: Entertainment

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HBO's 'Spielberg' a thoughtful examination of a gifted and influential filmmaker

A surprisingly intimate and thoughtful examination of the life and career of one of the most successful and influential of filmmakers, “Spielberg” pulls back the curtain on the former boy wonder as he turns 70. Veteran director Susan Lacy, creator of the PBS series “American Experience,” convinced… Source: Entertainment

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Latin American cinema culture is celebrated in a new PST: LA/LA series

The theaters had wonderful, even poetic names: the Azteca, the Teatro Electrico, the Mayan, the California, the Roosevelt, the Mason and the Million Dollar. But though many of them have disappeared, the films they specialized in for decades are, “Brigadoon” style, making a surprising comeback in… Source: Entertainment

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'The Wound' and more movie picks for Sept. 8

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Baby Driver Edgar Wright’s exuberant, one-of-a-kind vehicular-action-thriller-musical-romance stars Ansel Elgort as a tinnitus-afflicted, music-loving getaway driver alongside a superb supporting cast that includes… Source: Entertainment

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French director Jean-Pierre Melville celebrates a centennial, with an approach that never goes out of style

Opposites not only attracted but they also joined and thrived to thrilling effect in the life and work of director Jean-Pierre Melville. French through and through, he often wore a Stetson and changed his name from Grumbach to Melville because he greatly admired America, its movies and the author… Source: Entertainment

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'Menashe' shines gentle light on a hermetic Yiddish-speaking community in New York

Yiddish is a language without a homeland. Once spoken by Jews almost everywhere in the world, it’s used today largely by the ultra-orthodox in hermetic communities that insist on keeping outsiders at arm’s length. Which is one reason why “Menashe” is such an unusual accomplishment. Starring nonprofessional… Source: Entertainment

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Christopher Nolan puts audiences in the middle of WWII in the intimate and epic 'Dunkirk'

Very much like the pivotal historical event it celebrates, “Dunkirk” confounds expectations. Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, it is being ballyhooed as a departure for bravura filmmaker Christopher Nolan, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it… Source: Entertainment

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trips on the teen angst, but Michael Keaton’s Vulture soars

Hollywood has been in the Spider-Man business for just about as long as teen protagonist Peter Parker has been alive, but the movies — though financially rewarding — have never gotten it totally right. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the sixth film to focus on the 15-year-old superhero with age-specific… Source: Entertainment

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Documentary 'Food Evolution' turns to reason to discuss GMO controversy

Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, “Food Evolution” is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic. Persuasive rather than polemical, it’s the unusual issue film that deals in counterintuitive reason rather than barely controlled hysteria. As directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, “Food… Source: Entertainment

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