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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
95% Karl Marx City (2017) Epperlein and Tucker sift through these illicit materials - and forge their own fresh images and interviews - with an eye toward illuminating the truth and possibly even vindicating the innocent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) It is through Nixon's brilliant performance that "A Quiet Passion" illuminates, complicates and ultimately transcends the mystery of its subject's confinement.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
89% The Lost City of Z (2017) An incandescent reminder that the world's most beautiful mysteries endure precisely because they remain unsolved.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Bleak, naturalistic and flawlessly acted, "Graduation" distills the mood and moral decay of a place whose gray skies and nondescript housing blocks feel like permanent reminders of its dark history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The series seems to have at last entered its frustrating, decadent, spinning-its-wheels phase.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) The movie's spirit is by turns energetic and serene, impetuous and wise, its wild shifts from comedy to tragedy to romance revealing themselves not as tonal swings so much as variations in a larger cosmic pattern.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
64% Gifted (2017) In attempting to balance the central conflict between Frank and Evelyn, a nature-vs.-nurture clash with a dash of class warfare, the movie comes up disappointingly short.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary (2017) The movie feels perfectly timed to coincide with our nation's latest flirtation with the apocalypse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Your head might not be spinning as you exit the theater, but your senses will be deeply and thoroughly ravished.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
53% The Boss Baby (2017) Not even a mealymouthed attempt at political satire is ultimately enough to rescue "The Boss Baby" from its pervasive sourness and paucity of imagination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
16% CHIPS (2017) Can a movie be cheekily self-aware and still thoroughly terrible? Without a doubt. And yet damned if "CHIPS" doesn't somehow make the most of its own wink-wink awfulness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Bring Advil, or something stronger. It's morphine time!‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
88% Frantz (2017) More than once, "Frantz" hints that it will reveal itself as a homoerotic reworking of "Broken Lullaby." But Ozon has something simpler and no less intriguing up his sleeve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) The famous, finely chiseled faces that drift before the camera both fulfill and complicate one of the director's aims, which is to critique the fleeting temptations and soul-crushing consequences of fame, beauty, power and decadence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) If "The Son of Joseph" believes fervently in the restorative properties of painting, music and architecture, it is no less sincere in its affirmation of the redemptive power of human relationships.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This isn't just a remake; it's an act of cinematic upholstery, with all the padding that implies.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The movie is ultimately Broadbent's showcase, and he shoulders the dramatic burden with sly, curmudgeonly expertise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
91% Raw (2017) Ducournau, making a stellar feature writing-directing debut, fosters the kind of disquieting intimacy with her characters that leaves us continually uncertain of whether we should fear them or fear for them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) The movie is a quietly profound portrait of grief and loss, and perhaps Assayas' most surprising attempt yet to grapple with the anxieties of modern life ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% The Other Half (2017) What might have seemed pro forma on paper overcomes its occasionally studied stylistic tics to become a troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor soft-pedals the demons on display. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
19% The Shack (2017) Even its jolts of surrealism feel curiously stilted; what it needed was a director whose reverence would be tempered by a healthy sense of the ludicrous, an ability to tap into and draw out the material's stranger undercurrents.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
22% Table 19 (2017) Kendrick, one of the smartest actresses around, is playing well beneath her abilities. The movie is choking on fumes before it's even had the chance to begin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
66% Before I Fall (2017) Takes an unapologetically silly conceit and wrings from it a surprisingly nimble and affecting survey of contemporary teenage attitudes and anxieties.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) What's delightful about "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" ... is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions about humanity even as it confirms them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
78% Kiki (2017) "Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) There's so much here that Peele gets right, and he delights in turning familiar thriller tropes on their head: In this racially charged context, he knows exactly how to exploit the sight of an approaching police car for maximum stomach drop.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There is tremendous visual craft and inarguable style here, but none of the discipline, the sense of pacing and proportion that would allow the filmmaker's creative instincts to soar rather than merely splutter.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
29% In Dubious Battle (2017) Can't help but dispense with much of the book's moral and dramatic complexity, and along with it any real capacity for fresh insight or surprise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
92% From Nowhere (2017) A somber and affecting independent drama ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) There is so much beautiful, beautiful killing in "John Wick: Chapter 2," you can hardly blame the movie for refusing to look away.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) In its best moments, this gag-a-minute Bat-roast serves as a reminder that, in the right hands, a sharp comic scalpel can be an instrument of revelation as well as ridicule.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
64% Dark Night (2017) Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
6% Rings (2017) At no point does the movie manage even a single sequence of sustained tension, or a frisson of genuine terror.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) You may very well laugh and cry during "The Space Between Us," though probably at the wrong times and for entirely unintended reasons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) A fast and ferocious pileup of highbrow allusions and lowbrow insults, shoehorned in between intense episodes of coke-snorting and head-smashing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) If the setup is creaky, the payoff, when it arrives, is a thing to behold.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) A powerfully erotic and affecting love story, albeit one so closely and intimately observed that the term "slow burn" seems almost inadequate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) "The Yellow Birds" ... takes the form of a detective story, albeit one in which the mystery is as drearily protracted as it is ultimately unpersuasive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) An ambitious, superbly acted epic of racial discord ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) If the humor gets a bit one-joke - I wish Molly Shannon's Mother Superior, in particular, had more to do - "The Little Hours" is nonetheless a cohesive vision.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Novitiate (2017) The tension Leo can generate simply by entering a room is extraordinary; the folds in her wimple look like extra neck tendons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
76% Landline (2017) Great movie bickering becomes a kind of music, but well before the end of "Landline," I just wanted the characters to cease their ranting and storming, or at least lower the volume.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
57% Trespass Against Us (2017) "Trespass Against Us" plays like the quirky indie-fication of the family gangster movie, its scrappiness overlaid with a patina of we're-all-in-this-together slickness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
41% Alone in Berlin (2017) A well-acted but creaky and curiously bloodless portrait of life during wartime from the Swiss-born actor turned director Vincent Pérez.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
68% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The sort of movie that is often described as "not knowing what kind of film it wants to be" - a dismissal that, in this case, should instead be considered high praise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
75% Split (2017) "Split" doesn't just revive Shyamalan's career; it resurrects his brand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
18% Sleepless (2017) At a certain point, Odar's intense atmospherics - amplified by the throbbing bass notes of Michael Kamm's heavy, percussive score - start to feel like the work of a filmmaker on genre autopilot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) [A] somber and quietly affecting psychological mystery ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
95% Paterson (2016) "Paterson," like most films assured enough to make their own rules, is not just a refreshing change of pace but a revivifying one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016