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‘Not To Be Missed’ by Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s “Morning Edition,” presents an ENTICING blend of Hollywood controversies, historical context, and crisp analysis in “Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film” (PublicAffairs). OK, he cheats a little, allowing two films to share the honors as number 55 and listing an additional 54 favorites, but he deserves to be forgiven. During 40 years as a critic, Turan has watched thousands of films. Cinephiles will find plenty to devour and to debate: Only two films — “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” — from the 1970s? Even the deeply knowledgeable but never arrogant Turan wonders whether he has made a mistake.

JAN GARDNER

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