Justin Chang Film Critic
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Justin Chang is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and a regular contributor to KPCC’s “FilmWeek.” Before joining The Times, he was chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of the book “FilmCraft: Editing” and serves as chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. In 2014 he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Assn.

152 Articles
about 14 hours ago
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Review: 'Emancipation,' with Will Smith, struggles to do its real-life survival story justice

Smith plays Peter, the enslaved Black man whose escape to freedom helped galvanize the abolitionist movement, in this...

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3 days ago
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Review: 'White Noise' puts a loud, brash and enjoyable spin on a Don DeLillo classic

Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig star in Noah Baumbach's restlessly inventive movie about consumerism, addiction, environ...

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8 days ago
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A critic takes a second look at Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Bardo’ — and is thankful he did

Trimmed by about 24 minutes, the Oscar-winning director's surreal semi-autobiographical fantasia, starring Daniel Gim...

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9 days ago
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Review: As all-star whodunits go, 'Glass Onion' has enormous appeal

Writer-director Rian Johnson reteams with Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc for a "Knives Out" sequel that skewers the tec...

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about 1 month ago
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Review: In the wrenching 'Armageddon Time,' a filmmaker powerfully confronts his own privilege

Banks Repeta plays an 11-year-old version of the writer-director James Gray in this stirring semi-autobiographical dr...

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about 2 months ago
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Review: Claire Denis' erotic thriller 'Stars at Noon' emits the sweat smell of sexcess

Margaret Qualley plays an American journalist abroad in Claire Denis' messy, fitfully compelling adaptation of Denis ...

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about 2 months ago
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Review: Park Chan-wook's thrilling mystery 'Decision to Leave' is noir at its most nourishing

Park Hae-il and Tang Wei play a homicide detective and a suspect in this luxuriant feast of a thriller from the South...

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about 2 months ago
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Review: Danielle Deadwyler’s performance holds you through the tragedy and injustice of ‘Till’

Chinonye Chukwu's portrait of Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of the slain Emmett Till, shows much of the same intelligent ...

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about 2 months ago
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Review: David O. Russell goes to war in 'Amsterdam,' but this historical farce Nether comes together

Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington headline David O. Russell's star-studded madcap history lesso...

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2 months ago
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Smart, self-aware laughs are among the pros of 'Bros'

Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane make an endearing pair of Mr. Rights in this funny and knowing romantic comedy dire...

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2 months ago
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Review: 'Blonde' isn't really about Marilyn Monroe. It's about making her suffer

Ana de Armas' sometimes uncanny, intensely felt performance is lost in the punishing sprawl of Andrew Dominik's adapt...

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3 months ago
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15 must-see films from the Toronto International Film Festival

With a return to big crowds and a penchant for buzz-building, this year's Toronto Film Festival offered a mix of worl...

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