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Justin Chang

Justin Chang
Justin Chang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Cameraperson (2016) Enigmatic yet revelatory ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) The screenwriters, Lee Ji-min and Park Jong-dae, embellish this crafty scenario with no shortage of ingenious complications, effectively doubling the number of double agents at every turn. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% Storks (2016) In between all the noisy set-pieces, and up until the big-bang action climax, it's refreshing to see a movie whose niftiest ideas are not just clumsily tossed off, but handled with care. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
77% London Road (2016) Here, as onstage, the musical stylization of every conversational line - with pauses, inflections and imperfections left precisely intact - transmutes the mundane into the unexpectedly poetic. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) There's a deeper emptiness at the core of the movie, a failure of nerve and a fundamental incuriosity about what makes the Snowden affair interesting and relevant, then and now. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Wingard's movie, for all its abundant mischief, doesn't trust the power of its own illusion. You can see these woods a lot more clearly now, and what you see is that you've been here before. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
71% White Girl (2016) "White Girl" announces the arrival of a director of considerable verve, and its choice of style and subject toes a similarly tricky line between leering exploitation and unflinching portraiture. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
92% Demon (2016) Perhaps it's best to appreciate "Demon" not for what it implies but for what it simply and unmistakably is: A bravura testament to a talent silenced far too soon. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Even for those who don't regard the notion of perfect objectivity with the wariness it deserves, there are compensatory insights in this movie's unapologetic fascination with its subject. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
60% Zoom (2016) If the final work feels inevitably uneven, that's less a flaw than a feature - a testament to the visual and tonal distinctiveness of the movie's individual parts. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
95% Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) A definitive statement about how the movies have distorted our perceptions of this city's architectural, cultural and historical identity .. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The actors hurl themselves into their roles with sufficient commitment and feeling that you believe in Tom and Isabel completely, even when the creaky narrative machinery around them begins to trigger your skepticism. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) An absorbing and atmospheric entry in what we might as well term the "red snow" genre. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) A devious and demonstrative piece of home-invasion mischief that also leans heavily, and ingeniously, on blindness as a crucial plot device. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
100% Ixcanul (2016) You can sense the director's respect for his subject in the movie's unhurried dramatic rhythms, its grounding in the earthy rituals of everyday life and its strong cast of nonprofessional Maya actors. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) "Disorder" may ultimately fall victim to its own narrative ambivalence, but acting this magnetic achieves a clarity all its own. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) It pulls you so effortlessly into its shifting, dreamlike world that you can be forgiven for forgetting that Kubo and the many strange characters he meets are themselves puppets, meticulously designed and manipulated one costly frame at a time. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) The filmmaking is surprisingly lazy, even listless, stuffed with obvious music cues and unnecessary chapter breaks that merely add to the lurching, episodic rhythm. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) This risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan's famous Aokigahara forest for all it's worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) A coolly gripping account of one of the most bizarre true-crime stories ever to emerge from the film world. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) The tale of a restless evil spirit who suffers from an extreme aversion to light, this nifty little chiller may be the first movie of its kind to unite the pleasure of a good haunting with the horror of an unpaid electricity bill. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) [A] beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2016
33% Equals (2016) "Equals" walls itself off from the suspense implicit in its scenario - it's practically an anti-thriller - and barely flickers to life as a tale of forbidden desire. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) It's Cranston's most accomplished and subtly layered film performance to date. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) It proudly demonstrates that mediocrity - whether in the hunting of malevolent apparitions or the making of a mainstream comedy - is not, and never has been, an exclusively male pursuit. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) A glorified hairball pulled together from the strands of better, more appealing movies and then noisily coughed up and disgorged at a multiplex near you. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) In largely succumbing to the very complacency its characters claim to abhor, it turns out to be - I hate to say it - a far less interesting movie than it appears. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) The future is now, Gibney's documentary persuasively argues, and what it holds for all of us is as scary to contemplate as it may be impossible to ward off. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Like so many good dreams, it leaves us groping for a past that can never be recovered, but also looking ahead to a future that suddenly seems brighter, and friendlier, than we had dared to believe. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) What once seemed like design weaknesses in DeMonaco's speculative fiction - the willful incoherence of his allegory and the scattershot quality of his satire - now feel like a natural extension of his schlock-and-awe sensibility. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Hope and horror are commingled to quietly moving effect in [The Innocents], a restrained but cumulatively powerful French-Polish drama about the various crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 28, 2016
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) No filmmaker better understands the revelatory properties of small talk and soju, and few could make the art of repetition seem so rife with possibilities. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) [A] barbed and beguiling canine odyssey in four parts ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) If you're looking for a quick and satisfying summer thrill - a reminder that all you really need to make a movie is a girl and a flare gun - then the aptly titled Blake Lively-vs.-shark thriller "The Shallows" should serve you nicely. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style! ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) Bidegain ... respects the simple, melodramatic appeal of his story, and the primal emotions lurking beneath this story of parents and children torn apart. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
91% The Witness (2016) The strength of "The Witness" lies in its recognition that the truth is often not just elusive but unattainable. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) "Central Intelligence" is dumb in all the right ways, and also a bit smarter than you might expect. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% Tickled (2016) The movie draws you in with its eyebrow-raising look at an erotic subculture, then quickly escalates into a harrowing tale of alleged identity theft, online intimidation and American privilege gone dangerously awry. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) A tightly coiled, beautifully acted relationship study that occasionally swerves in the direction of a gangland thriller ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
51% Genius (2016) There are things to appreciate about "Genius" and its belief in the necessity of good editing, but when Kidman utters a line like "Human beings aren't fiction!" you may feel like pulling out a red pen of your own. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Missteps and all, the movie pulses with a true believer's conviction. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Another virtuosic exercise in mobile camerawork and moldering production design, tethered to a story that handles its characters and their working-class milieu with an unexpectedly grounded, sensitive touch. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) A melancholy tale of loss and regret that marks a singular feature debut for the Chinese director Bi Gan. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) "The Wailing" is the rare commercial thriller whose feverish manipulations can't be dismissed as merely callous or exploitative. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) Scene by scene, it builds a vision of group dynamics as calm, violent and finally unyielding as the sea. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The pleasure of "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" derives not from the sting or accuracy of its satire ... but from the precision of its timing and the singular comic energy it derives from the talents on display. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a movie for anyone who ever skimmed a passage of Lewis Carroll and thought, "This is great, but it could use a bit more 'Terminator.'" ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 26, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Though the plot here may be a confusing, multi-threaded mess ... it's occasionally offset by the exuberance with which Black blends splatter and slapstick, and the leeway he grants his two very game leads. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 19, 2016
90% Dheepan (2016) Scene by scene, there's a leanness and economy to Audiard's filmmaking that gradually shifts, via dreamlike ellipses and temporal blurs, into a poetically heightened register. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016