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Never Coming To A Theater Near You

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  12 reviews
It is in the nature of today's movie business that while Hollywood blockbusters invade every megaplex, smaller, quality films often don't get screen time. Fans of finer films have to count on catching up with them on video and DVD, but even the most hard-core devotees have trouble remembering what sounded good when a film was originally released. Never Coming to a Theater ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by PublicAffairs
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Turan brings attention to some great over-looked or obscure movies such as Together, Safe, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Hilary and Jackie, Jesus' Son, Lovely & Amazing, To Die For, Time Out and many, many more. Definitely check this out if you need to diversify your queue!
I now baptize this book as my "what to read when I need an emergency reading material selection at work." Amen.
What a wonderful idea for a book! Kenneth Turan has brought together 150 reviews representing the top 5% of the films he sees as film critic for the Los Angeles Times. The result is a collection of movie reviews for (a) little-known and under-sung films that are (b) for grownup audiences instead of teenagers and (c) available on VHS and DVD.

Altogether there are reviews of movies from 39 countries, most of them released over the last dozen or so years, half of them English-language films. The oth
I thought I was going to find a lot of movies off the beaten track that are worth seeing. I was almost flattered to learn that my tastes in movies are nearly in lockstep with the kinds of movies Turan covers here. If it's important to you to see what everyone else is seeing while it's first run in theaters, then pass on this book. If you're looking for something with real character, you'll find it here.
Great movie list! I checked the reviews he wrote on the independent films I loved, such as next stop wonderland, station agent, state and main, all were very insightful. I am going to check out the movies in the book for sure. After Ebert is gone (sadly and irreplaceable), I am glad I found another film critic whose reviews are intelligent and witty.
Dec 26, 2007 George rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any independent film lover
Kenneth Turan is one of my favorite critics whom I listen to on NPR. This book highlights movies that rarely come to my multiplex in my small town. Comedies likie FLIRTING WITH DISASTER and classics like Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast are given loving attention. Turan has a real love for movies that are unique in approach and in style. This collection is first rate.
Great reviews. Now to find the time to see the movies. So many and of the few I've seen his reviews are spot on.
Sava Hecht
Some of my favorite overlooked movies are reviewed in this book. A fantastic guide for movie lovers.
Sam Tocchini
interesting movies
not really B style... just good- not hollywood blockbuster style... but good.
i like books of lists...especially if they are about GOOD lists.
This gave me lots of new films to add to my Netflix queue.
This guy's not a very insightful critic.
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