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A century of the world’s most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas, and the most chilling thrillers are embraced in this compendium of fifty-four favorite films.

Kenneth Turan discovered film as a child left undisturbed to watch Million Dollar Movie on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York, a daily showcase for older Hollywood features. It was then that he developed a love of cinema that never left him and honed his eye for the most acute details and the grandest of scenes.

Not to Be Missed blends cultural criticism, historical anecdotes, and Hollywood insider controversy. Turan’s selection of favorites ranges across all genres. From All About Eve to Seven Samurai to Sherlock Jr., these are all timeless films, each underscoring the truth of director Ingmar Bergman’s observation that “no form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A collection full of surprises and Turan’s great insight, Not to Be Missed is a treasure chest—essential reading for anyone who loves movies.”

    Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin

  • “The book’s real value…may lie in the oddities that Turan has unearthed over a lifetime of viewing: connections between films and cultures that showcase influences and enhance reputations.”

    Washington Post

  • “We would be hard pressed to disagree with Turan’s premise about what makes for a favorite movie, or to write more eloquently about the things we love.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Kenneth Turan…presents an enticing blend of Hollywood controversies, historical context, and crisp analysis in Not to Be Missed…Cinephiles will find plenty to devour and to debate.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A look at Turan’s personal favorites, which range from the easily recognizable (The Godfather, All about Eve, Casablanca, Unforgiven, Vertigo) to the for-­devoted-film-fans-only (The Dybbuk, Seven Men from Now, The Best of Youth). His comments about the movies are always insightful…Richly deserving of shelf space alongside Ebert’s The Great Movies, Pauline Kael’s For Keeps, and Turan’s own Never Coming to a Theater Near You."


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About the Author

Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he is coauthor of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. He lives in Los Angeles.