Book Review: Turan’s pick of pics


Film critic Kenneth Turan grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s in an observant home, which means that he did not often enjoy a Saturday matinee at the Lowe’s Pitkin or the Brandt’s Sutter. “That said, I do have a vivid memory of sneaking out to see a vibrant, cleft-chinned Kirk Douglas so bringing to life the title role of Ulysses … that I still have trouble visualizing the Homeric epic without him in it,” Turan writes in his wholly compelling new book, “Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” (

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