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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New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor (Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan) investigate allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in She Said. Universal Pictures hide caption

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'She Said' follows the journalists who set the #MeToo movement in motion

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Angela Bassett is Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Marvel Studios hide caption

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'Wakanda Forever' bids farewell to T'Challa and Chadwick Boseman

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Young Sammy (Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord) experiences the magic of the movies with his parents (Paul Dano and Michelle Williams) in The Fabelmans. Universal Pictures hide caption

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See how a young Steven Spielberg fell in love with film in 'The Fabelmans'

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Banks Repeta plays 11-year-old Paul Graff and Anthony Hopkins is his grandfather in Armageddon Time. Anne Joyce /Focus Features hide caption

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A director critically reexamines his 1980s childhood in 'Armageddon Time'

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Colin Farrell plays a sweet-souled farmer whose best (human) friend abruptly dumps him in The Banshees of Inisherin. Jonathan Hession/Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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A farmer gets dumped by his best friend in 'The Banshees of Inisherin'

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Jalyn Hall plays Emmett Till and Danielle Deadwyler is his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in Till. Lynsey Weatherspoon/Orion Pictures hide caption

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Emmett Till is known for his death. A new film about his mother also honors his life

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Cate Blanchett plays a world-renowned conductor in the film Tár. Courtesy of Focus Features hide caption

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In 'Tár,' a brilliant but manipulative conductor orchestrates everyone around her

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'Bros' offers lots of laughs — plus a serious commentary on queer identity

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Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix film Blonde. Netflix hide caption

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'Blonde,' the new Marilyn Monroe biopic, is an exercise in exploitation, not empathy

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Nanisca (Viola Davis) wields a sword and hacks her way through the many men who get in her way in The Woman King. Ilze Kitshoff/CTMG hide caption

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Viola Davis is 'The Woman King' in an epic story inspired by true events

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Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall play a Southern Baptist pastor and his wife trying to redeem their legacy in the wake of a public scandal in Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Steve Swisher/Pinky Promise LLC hide caption

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'Honk for Jesus' is an uneven but entertaining saga about scandal and redemption

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Tilda Swinton plays a literary scholar and Idris Elba is the Djinn she conjures in Three Thousand Years of Longing. Festival de Cannes hide caption

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'Three Thousand Years of Longing' will leave you charmed — and a little worn out

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Aubrey Plaza plays an art-school dropout who resorts to credit card fraud in Emily the Criminal. Courtesy of Sundance Institute hide caption

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Aubrey Plaza plays a fraudster in the mostly engrossing 'Emily the Criminal'

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Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook play an unlikely couple who fall in love in Ali & Ava. via Cineuropa hide caption

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The ordinariness of 'Ali & Ava' is what makes it extraordinary

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Jordan Peele's 'Nope' blends blockbuster thrills with grand ideas

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