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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Malachi Kirby (standing) plays activist Darcus Howe in Mangrove, the first film in Steve McQueen's Small Axe anthology. Kieron McCarron/Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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'Small Axe': A Searing Portrait Of Racism And A Community's Will To Survive

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star as Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison in Ammonite. Neon hide caption

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Heartbreaking And Hopeful, 'Ammonite' Is A Wind-Swept Tale Of Forbidden Love

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City Hall tags along as Boston mayor Marty Walsh attends various appointments and public appearances — including this meeting about violent crime. Courtesy of Zipporah Films hide caption

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An Action-Packed Doc About Local Government? It's All In Wiseman's 'City Hall'

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Anne Hathaway is the Grand High Witch in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Daniel Smith/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Unimaginative 'Witches' Retread Lacks The Magic Of Roald Dahl's Classic

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After he meets Elena (Jessica Cressy), Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli) becomes determined to rise above his lowly circumstances and prove himself worthy of her love. Francesca Errichiello/Kino Lorber hide caption

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This Sumptuous Retelling Of 'Martin Eden' Stays True To Jack London's Novel

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Totally Under Control examines the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Neon hide caption

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'Totally Under Control' And 'Time' Are Two Very 2020 Documentaries

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Filmmaker Radha Blank stars as a fictionalized version of herself in The Forty-Year-Old Version. The film, which began as a Web series, was inspired by Blank's own experience as a playwright and rapper in Harlem. Jeong Park/Netflix hide caption

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'The Forty-Year-Old Version' Is Fast, Funny, Multi-Faceted And No Small Feat

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Tom Holland plays Arvin, a young man who refuses to let evil go unpunished in The Devil All the Time. Glen Wilson/Netflix hide caption

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Everyone's A Sinner In 'The Devil All The Time'

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Charlie Kaufman's 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things' Is A Wildly Inventive Comic Thriller

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A gifted warrior (Liu Yifei) discovers her true purpose when China comes under attack by nomadic forces in Mulan. Jasin Boland/Disney Enterprises Inc. hide caption

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'Mulan' Reboot Is Beautiful, But Fails To Breathe New Life Into An Old Tale

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Ethan Hawke plays Serbian American inventor Nikola Tesla in the playful new biopic, Tesla. IFC Films hide caption

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Wild And Daring, 'Tesla' Captures The Spirit Of An Unorthodox Inventor

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Steven Garza is the underdog in the mock-race for governor in the documentary Boys State. He counts Bernie Sanders among his political heroes. Apple TV+ hide caption

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'Boys State' Helps Teens Learn How Politics Work — Perhaps A Little Too Well

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Fear Of Death Is Contagious In The Psychological Thriller 'She Dies Tomorrow'

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A mischievous nun (Imelda Staunton) welcomes a stranger into a decrepit house in the supernatural thriller Amulet. Rob Baker Ashton/Magnet Releasing hide caption

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Terrific New Thrillers 'Amulet' And 'Relic' Explore Terrors Lurking Within The Home

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'Palm Springs' Romantic Comedy Is A Total Winner For The Lockdown Era

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