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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Crooked Capitalism Runs Amok In The Wildly Entertaining 'Uncut Gems'

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Killer Thriller 'Knives Out' Is Surprisingly Subversive — And Comfortingly Familiar

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'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood' Showcases The Profound Effect Of Mister Rogers

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Sterling K. Brown plays the patriarch of a family in crisis in Waves. Courtesy of A24 hide caption

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A Florida Family Saga, Told In 'Waves' Of Healing And Heartache

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'Marriage Story' Reveals The Messy, Heartbreaking Toll Of Divorce

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Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro play friends — and mobsters — in The Irishman. Niko Tavernise/Netflix hide caption

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De Niro, Pesci And Pacino Are At The Top Of Their Game In 'The Irishman'

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'The Lighthouse': A Brashly Funny Thriller, Soaked In Rain, Rum And Testosterone

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Satirical Nazi Film 'Jojo Rabbit' Treats The Viewer Like A Child

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Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong play Mr. and Mrs. Park, a wealthy couple whose hired help isn't quite what it seems, in Bong Joon-ho's thriller Parasite. Courtesy of NEON CJ Entertainment hide caption

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'Parasite' Hooks You With Its Emotional Power And Extraordinary Cunning

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'Joker': A Piercing Psychological Portrait Of Batman's Notorious Nemesis

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Though her physical transformation in Judy is hardly definitive, Renée Zellweger manages to capture something more elusive: Garland's emotional truth. David Hindley/LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Renée Zellweger Dazzles In A Go-For-Broke Portrayal Of Judy Garland

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'Ad Astra' Approaches The Sublime With Its Portrait Of Masculinity In Crisis

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Come Along For The Ride: 'Give Me Liberty' Is A Full-Blown Farce On Wheels

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When her doctor suggests she lose some weight, Brittany (Jillian Bell) takes up running in Brittany Runs A Marathon. Courtesy of Amazon Studios hide caption

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'Brittany Runs A Marathon' Is Formulaic, But Victorious At The Finish Line

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Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Fox, a once-legendary architect who hasn't built anything in decades, in Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Wilson Webb/Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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'Bernadette' Is A Stirring Tribute To A Woman Rediscovering Her True Calling

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