KENNETH TURAN

Review: 'Ida' a journey of discovery through Polish, personal history

Spare, haunting, uncompromising, "Ida" is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful. Read more

'Nebraska' offers rich reward along its journey

It's the letter everyone's received. The one that gets your attention by saying you've won a million dollars but is actually all about selling magazine subscriptions. Read more

'Wadjda' a notable feat for Saudi director Mansour

The first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a woman to boot, "Wadjda" is a remarkable film twice over. We are fortunate to have it for both of those reasons, but it's hard not to wish the result was even better. Read more

'Fruitvale Station' an incendiary portrait of a life cut short

Made with assurance and deep emotion, "Fruitvale Station" is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard. Featuring a leap-to-stardom performance by Michael B. Read more

'Amour' an emotional tale of enduring love

It won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It accomplished an unprecedented sweep of the European Film Awards, taking best picture, director, actor and actress. The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. thinks it's the best picture of the year, and so do I. Read more

Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a towering achievement

Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. Read more

'Master' mesmerizes in word and deed

"The Master" takes some getting used to. This is a superbly crafted film that's at times intentionally opaque, as if its creator didn't want us to see all the way into its heart of darkness. Read more

'Bully': Emotional impact must be viewed to be understood

If you feel like you've already read quite a bit about the documentary "Bully," you have. But that still won't prepare you for the experience of seeing it. Read more

Blunt and McGregor key to success of 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'

A pleasant fantasy with a crackerjack title, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"is a charming film whose few attempts at seriousness are best forgotten or ignored. When Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are your stars, that is easy to do. Read more

'The Artist' is a love note to the movies

"The Artist" is the wonder of the age, as much a miracle as "Avatar," though it comes at things from the totally opposite direction. Read more

'Hugo' is magical but the timing's off

Martin Scorsese making a film from a children's book is as improbable as, well, Martin Scorsese making a film from a children's book. Read more

Movie review: 'Tabloid' an irresistable documentary from Errol Morris

"Tabloid" is tabloid journalism with a difference. The Errol Morris difference. Read more

Latest Allen film is his funniest venture in years

Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write again: Woody Allen has made a wonderful new picture, "Midnight in Paris," and it's his best, most enjoyable work in years. If you're surprised to be reading that, think how I feel writing it. Read more

Movie review: 'Tree of LIfe'

"The Tree of Life" introduces a character pondering the meaning of existence as he searches for the answers to the universe's most perplexing questions. Read more

Herzog film kicks off Gold Town's director's series

Imagine an enormous cave in the Ardeche region of southern France hermetically sealed for tens of thousands of years. Read more

'Guard' a wickedly funny comedy thriller

A s befits a film set in the spacious west of Ireland, "The Guard" is not a breath but a great gust of very funny fresh air. Read more

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