Kenneth Turan Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

'Film Unfinished' Reveals Nazi Horrors, Manipulation

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'The Expendables:' Over-The-Hill Bad Boys?

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'Wildest Dream' Retraces Mallory's Everest Climb

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Spot The Schmuck: Paul Rudd (right) stars as Tim, an ambitious executive tasked with finding a weirdo to bring to his boss's dinner -- for the high-flying hedge-fund types to mock. Steve Carell plays the oddball in question, a bizarre IRS agent who moonlights as a taxidermist. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount hide caption

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A 'Dinner' Invitation You Can Safely Decline

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From Russia With Love: Salt's Soviet-era spy paranoia would have seemed desperately outdated just a few months ago; now, luckily for the filmmakers, it's the hot-button issue. Andrew Schwartz hide caption

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Who Is 'Salt'? Tastily Enough, It's Angelina Jolie

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Dream Weaver: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Inception as Cobb, a thief who specializes in extracting secrets from others' minds. Melissa Moseley/Warner Bros. hide caption

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'Inception': What Dreams May Come (And Go Away)

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White Out: Director M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of the Asian-inspired TV series has drawn criticism from fans for the casting of white actors in almost all the lead roles. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Airbender': A Kid Flick With Little To Lure Parents

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He Shoots, He Scores: Tom Cruise stars as a gentlemanly secret agent who's equally adept at delivering compliments and riding motorcycles backward. Cameron Diaz plays his hapless-bystander foil. Frank Masi/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Tom Cruise, Firmly In Control In 'Knight And Day'

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Bear Necessities: In Toy Story 3, new character Lots-o-Huggin' Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty) explains the ropes of Sunnyside Daycare Center to series regulars Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks). Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Buzz, Woody Et Al., Learning Life's Harder Lessons

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Lock And Load: Ludicrously named army veterans Face Peck (Bradley Cooper) and Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson), who comprise half of the four-man A-Team, show off their impressive artillery. Doug Curran/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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In This Big Screen Adaptation, 'A' Is For Action

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Rich, Poor -- You Know The Drill: Russell Crowe plays yet another Hollywood variation on Robin Hood, the expert archer who makes it his mission to save a town from their own sheriff. Kerry Brown hide caption

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'Robin Hood' Revisited: Not Entirely On Target

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Robert Downey Jr. Is Back In 'Iron Man 2'

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Beat Down: An awkward teen's initial forays into DIY superherodom are pretty disastrous — but soon enough Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Johnson) begins to attract the attention he was hoping for. Lionsgate hide caption

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Self-Made Heroes 'Kick Ass' And Talk Trash

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'Date Night' Actors Are 'Funnier' Than The Flick

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3D Clashes With 'Titan's' Remake

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