In his popular Never Coming to a Theater Near You, Kenneth Turan celebrated the great films that you may have missed because they never got the screen time they deserved in a blockbuster-dominated culture. Now Turan tells fans of these smaller, lesser-known films what big studio successes they shouldn't neglect. Now in Theaters Everywhere collects Turan's illuminating reviews of the smart and satisfying films you may have underestimated precisely because they dominated the box office.
As independent films like Sideways and Brokeback Mountain become increasingly mainstream, sophisticated moviegoers tend to dismiss everything Hollywood produces as merely blockbusters or crowd pleasers. True, not every blockbuster is worth your while. But the studios produce more than cinematic fast food, and Turan will turn you on to big-budget movies that supply real sustenance. His collection of close to 150 reviews defends these cinematic pleasures, pointing readers to the thought-provoking bigger films they may have skipped. Most importantly, he shows readers what makes these films so great, and tells us why we may have to venture no farther than the megaplex for a movie that's worth seeing.
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About the Author
Kenneth Turan has been film critic at the Los Angeles Times for fifteen years. He can also be heard every Friday morning as film critic for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition". The director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, he lives in Los Angeles.