Kenneth Turan http://wvasfm.org en 'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe http://wvasfm.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 09:09:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 45024 at http://wvasfm.org A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success http://wvasfm.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 17:08:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 43579 at http://wvasfm.org 'Wadjda' Is First Feature Film Shot In Saudi Arabia http://wvasfm.org/post/wadjda-first-feature-film-shot-saudi-arabia Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old Saudi girl determined to have a bicycle in a culture that frowns on female riding. Writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour says she wanted to put a human face on the situation of women in Saudi Arabia, where driving is not permitted. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:39:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 34663 at http://wvasfm.org Back To The Future With 'Total Recall' Remake http://wvasfm.org/post/back-future-total-recall-remake Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Look for a review of the new science fiction epic "Total Recall" and you'll see headlines ready Total Makeover. You might recall the 1990 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. With our review of the remake, here's Kenneth Turan.<p>KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: The fun in "Total Recall" is fun while it lasts, it just doesn't last long enough. The action begins at the end of the 21st century. A global chemical war has made most of the earth uninhabitable. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 12641 at http://wvasfm.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' http://wvasfm.org/post/whatever-country-no-such-thing-easy-money <em>Easy Money</em> is a fine title for a film, but to truly savor the tang of this top-drawer Scandinavian thriller, try rolling its original Swedish title off your tongue. Say hello to <em>Snabba Cash</em>.<p>Director Daniel Espinosa starts his splendid crime story all in a rush, throwing us right into the middle of a trio of chaotic situations.<p>Introduced first is Jorge, a Chilean living in Sweden — in fact in a Swedish prison. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 11357 at http://wvasfm.org Whatever The Country, No Such Thing As 'Easy Money' Why Knew? Honest Abe Rid The World Of The Undead http://wvasfm.org/post/why-knew-honest-abe-rid-world-undead With a movie title like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, it's no mystery what the plot is. Young Mr. Lincoln is tutored by an experienced vampire killer and goes into training with his trusty ax. He bears a special grudge against vampires because they killed his mother. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:54:00 +0000 Kenneth Turan 10223 at http://wvasfm.org