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Movie Review: 'The Magdalene Sisters'

The award-winning film, The Magdalene Sisters, examines a now-defunct practice of the Catholic Church in Ireland. More than 30,000 women and young girls considered "immoral" were sent to live in "Magdalene Asylums." Their sins, sometimes as benign as flirting, earned these women a life of hard labor and punishment. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.

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Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor.