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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'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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Ryan Gosling deserves better than the snarky action thriller 'The Gray Man'

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Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon play a couple whose relationship is threatened by another man in Both Sides of the Blade. Courtesy of Gaëlle Rapp-Tronqui hide caption

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'Both Sides of the Blade' is a French melodrama about intimacy and illicit desire

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Aris Servetalis plays a man who inexplicably loses his memory in Apples. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group hide caption

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In the Greek film 'Apples,' a mysterious condition leaves people without memories

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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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