Justin Chang Justin Chang is a film critic for The New Yorker 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 New Yorker and NPR's Fresh Air. He previously served as film critic at the Los Angeles Times and chief film critic at 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 and is a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee. He teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

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Tuesday

Ry? Nishikawa plays Hana in Evil Does Not Exist. via Janus Films hide caption

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'Evil Does Not Exist' — or does it? — in this mysterious Japanese eco-drama

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Thursday

Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Ryan Gosling is 'The Fall Guy' in this cheerfully nonsensical stuntman thriller

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Friday

Art (Mike Faist), Tashi (Zendaya) and Patrick (Josh O'Connor) are embroiled in a love triangle in Challengers. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures hide caption

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Watch a tense romantic triangle play out on the tennis court in 'Challengers'

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Thursday

Gabrielle and Louis (Léa Seydoux and George MacKay) meet in 1910 Paris, 2014 Los Angeles and again in 2044 in The Beast. Carole Bethuel/Kinology hide caption

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'The Beast' jumps from 1910, to 2014, to 2044, tracking fear through the ages

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Friday

Kirsten Dunst plays a battle scarred photojournalist in Civil War. Murray Close/A24 hide caption

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'Civil War' is a doomsday thought experiment — that could have used more thinking

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Thursday

Niels Schneider and Lou de La?ge star in Coup de Chance. GRAVIER PRODUCTIONS hide caption

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'Coup de Chance' is a typical Woody Allen film — with one appalling final detail

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Tuesday

Carol Duarte and Josh O'Connor in La Chimera. Neon hide caption

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'La Chimera' is marvelous — right up to its most magical ending

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Friday

Jake Gyllenhaal is a former UFC star who becomes a bouncer in Road House. Laura Radford/Prime Video hide caption

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This recycled 'Road House' can't capture the B-movie spirit of the original

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Monday

Gu (Xin Baiqing) struggles with his own sense of impermanence in The Shadowless Tower. Strand Releasing hide caption

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A Beijing restaurant critic arrives at a crossroads in this absorbing family drama

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Friday

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya are Paul Atreides and Chani in Dune: Part Two. Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Staggering action sequences can't help 'Dune: Part Two' sustain a sense of awe

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Thursday

Seydou (Seydou Sarr, in gray) crosses the desert in Io Capitano. Greta De Lazzaris/Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Join a Senegalese teen on a harrowing journey in this Oscar-nominated film

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Friday

In Drift, Jacqueline (Cynthia Erivo) winds up in Greece after experiencing something terrible during a visit to her family in Liberia. Sundance hide caption

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A Liberian woman with a mysterious past dwells in limbo in 'Drift'

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Friday

Juliette Binoche prepares one elaborate dish after another in The Taste of Things. Stéphanie Branchu/IFC Films Release hide caption

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'The Taste of Things' is a sizzling romance and foodie feast — but don't go in hungry

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Friday

Le Phong Vu plays Thien, a young man looking for answers in the Vietnamese countryside. Cercamon hide caption

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'Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell' is a film where a big screen makes a big difference

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Friday

Jessica Chastain plays a single mother who connects with a man with early-onset dementia (Peter Sarsgaard) in Memory. via Ketchup Entertainment hide caption

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Two strangers grapple with hazy 'Memory' in this unsettling film

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Thursday

Sandra Hüller plays a mother who lives next door to Auschwitz in The Zone of Interest. A24 hide caption

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Chilling 'Zone of Interest' imagines life next door to a death camp

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Thursday

A24; A24; Searchlight Pictures; Grasshopper Film & Gratitude Films; Janus; Atsushi Nishijima/Searchlight Pictures

2023 was a great year for moviegoing — here are 10 of Justin Chang's favorites

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Friday

In Poor Things, Emma Stone stars as Bella Baxter, a woman created as part of a back-from-the-dead mad science experiment. Atsushi Nishijima/Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Unhinged yet uplifting, 'Poor Things' is an un-family-friendly 'Barbie'

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Thursday

Twelve-year-old Mahito journeys into an otherworldly realm in The Boy and the Heron. via Studio Ghibli hide caption

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In 'The Boy and the Heron,' Miyazaki asks: How do we go on in the midst of grief?

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Friday

Bradley Cooper plays composer Leonard Bernstein in Maestro. Jason McDonald/Netflix hide caption

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Bradley Cooper's 'Maestro' fully captures Bernstein's charisma and complexity

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Thursday

Natalie Portman (left) and Julianne Moore star in May December, Todd Haynes' film inspired by a real-life story of a schoolteacher who was convicted of raping her sixth-grade student. Francois Duhamel/Netflix hide caption

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Inspired by a 1990s tabloid story, 'May December' fictionalizes a real tragedy

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Thursday

Michael Fassbender plays an assassin on the run in The Killer. Netflix hide caption

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What happens when a hit man misses his mark? 'The Killer' is about to find out

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Friday

Intimate and piercingly sad, 'Priscilla' is Sofia Coppola's strongest movie in years

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Thursday

Dominic Sessa stars as Angus Tully and Paul Giamatti is Paul Hunham in Alexander Payne's The Holdovers. Focus Features hide caption

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Alexander Payne keeps real emotion at bay in the coyly comic 'Holdovers'

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