Justin Chang Justin Chang is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Fresh Air.
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Justin Chang, Fresh Air Film Critic
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Justin Chang

Film Critic, Fresh Air

Justin Chang is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Fresh Air, and a regular contributor to KPCC's FilmWeek. He previously served as chief film critic and editor of film reviews for Variety.

Chang is the author of FilmCraft: Editing, a book of interviews with seventeen top film editors. He serves as chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

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Baz Luhrmann's gaudy 'Elvis' is a shapeless blur of a musical biopic

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Daryl McCormack plays a sex worker, and Emma Thompson is a retired schoolteacher in the Hulu film, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Age is just a number in Sundance hits 'Leo Grande' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth'

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Kristen Stewart (left) is a fan of the surgery Léa Seydoux performs in Crimes of the Future. Neon hide caption

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'Crimes of the Future' is a dystopian thriller that cuts to the heart

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Tom Cruise is back as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures Corporation hide caption

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'Top Gun: Maverick' is ridiculous. It's also ridiculously entertaining

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Jessica (Tilda Swinton) consults an engineer (Juan Pablo Urrego) in an effort to understand the mysterious sound she's hearing in Memoria. Neon films hide caption

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'Memoria' is a marvelously strange sonic detective story

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Anamaria Vartolomei stars as a literature student who discovers she's pregnant after a brief fling in Happening. Wild Bunch hide caption

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Timely and urgent, 'Happening' is a film that speaks to today's abortion debate

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Twins Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz are 8-year-old playmates in Petite Maman. Lilies Films hide caption

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'Petite Maman' is the best — and most surreal — family movie you'll see in a while

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'The Northman' is a brutal revenge story marked by violence, vengeance and vastness

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In Nitram, Caleb Landry Jones plays the man who killed 35 people and wounded 23 others in a 1996 mass shooting in Australia. IFC Films hide caption

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'Nitram' is a deeply unsettling portrait of an Australian mass shooter

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Michelle Yeoh stars as a woman who suddenly develops the power to leap between parallel universes in the action-adventure-fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once. A24 hide caption

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There's a multiverse of roads not taken in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

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Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck play a couple whose marriage is not what it seems in Deep Water. Claire Folger/ Courtesy of 20th Century Studio hide caption

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'Deep Water' is a disjointed take on an unhappy couple's open marriage

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In Turning Red, 13-year-old Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang) "poofs" into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. Disney/Pixar hide caption

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'Turning Red' confronts the messiness of adolescence with refreshing honesty

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Nothing feels fresh in this grim retread of 'The Batman'

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Haley Bennett stars as Roxanne in Joe Wright's Cyrano. Peter Mountain/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. hide caption

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'Cyrano' infuses an oft-told tale with disarming sincerity and operatic passion

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Amina (right, Abakar Souleymane) tries to guide her 15-year-old daughter (Rihane Khalil Alio) through an unexpected pregnancy in the Chadian film Lingui, the Sacred Bonds. Cannes hide caption

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Family ties are tested in 2 engrossing international films

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