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Never Coming To A Theater Near You

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  142 Ratings  ·  18 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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Jill Hutchinson
We used to call them "art" films but they are now known as independents or "indies". These are the films that were worth watching but often hard to find as their distribution was limited (at least in the US). As time passed, the movie mavens realized that there were gems out there that were not getting the exposure they deserved. The Sundance Festival brought these films out of the shadows and this book, written by film critic, Kenneth Turan, contains his favorite hidden treasures.

Divided into t
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Gordon Howard
Books of movie reviews tend to get tedious after awhile, and this book is no exception. But it is useful for compiling a list of good movies you should see, because you probably haven't seen them yet. Also good that the movies are divided into English-language, foreign-language, and documentaries.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
This book wasn't what I wanted it to be. While Turan certainly is a very astute reviewer, I find it difficult to really see what the focus of this book actually is.

What I wanted it to be was a sort of close look at movies that don't get talked about very much. Cult films, blockbusters, critical favorites, and to a lesser degree genre films, generally get a lot of film criticism, but there's a certain kind of middle-of-the-road film that gets glossed over. The thing is, these MOR movies are reall
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been dipping into this book ever since a friend loaned it to me. Coming back from nearly 30 years in film deprived out-back Africa I was starved for films. This book helped enormously in orienting me to what was most worth watching. Turan and the Movie Data Base I have to add. Turan's reviews are entertaining to read and give worthwhile insights into the movies he mentions. I came away knowing I'd better check out film directors as well as film stories, actors and actresses. Even producers. ...more
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Paul Baker
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent book of movie reviews focusing on brilliant, little-known movies that never really found the audience they deserved. There are two major sections on American and Foreign Films, plus another excellent section of brilliant classics that have been all but forgotten.

Terrific book for anyone who loves film.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
"Great" - The LA Times
"Trustworthy" - Hollywood Reporter
"Indispensable" - Portland Tribune
"Insightful" - Variety
"Delightful" - David Ansen

I'm with Variety. And mainly because of the quite informative Classics chapter.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like books of lists...especially if they are about GOOD lists.
Sam Tocchini
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interesting movies
not really B style... just good- not hollywood blockbuster style... but good.
Sava Hecht
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favorite overlooked movies are reviewed in this book. A fantastic guide for movie lovers.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This gave me lots of new films to add to my Netflix queue.
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