Justin Chang Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% 1917 (2019) It may be a grandiose flourish, but you can't deny it makes for a startlingly literal theater of war.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) No less than Morgan Neville's lovely documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" feels like a beam of kindness at a moment that profoundly needs it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
71% White Snake (2019) It's a weird hodgepodge... But there's a loveliness to the visuals that was transporting. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
97% I Lost My Body (2019) It's a very inventive and clever story, animated in a style that serves the material in a not-groundbreaking but lovely to look at fashion. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It is a beautifully controlled and assembled piece of filmmaking. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
76% Frozen II (2019) This kind of self-awareness can be a tricky proposition... But the approach mostly works for this sweet, diverting sequel, which understands... just how susceptible the audience might be to "Frozen" fatigue.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
91% Light from Light (2019) [Light From Light] knows that the most resonant movie isn't a creed, but a question.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% The Kingmaker (2019) "The Kingmaker" may end on a queasy note of alarm about the Philippines' future, but it also reminds us that we neglect the past at our peril.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" is an emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple, a broken-family classic to set beside "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Fanny and Alexander..."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) [A] searing, maddening, explosively brainy movie about the mutability and immutability of the self that, appropriately enough, never stops changing shape.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is the kind of knotty, ambitious, character-rich, politically conscious entertainment the studios so rarely get behind anymore, you can't help wishing it were better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) In a way that poignantly echoes the plight of young Danny himself, the new movie sometimes brings to mind a child caught between two quarreling parents, and attempting to stage a reconciliation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) "By the Grace of God" is an exceptional process movie - patient, lucid, generously human.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse" may be a little too in love with its own virtuosity, but who can blame it? At a time when American movies are overrun with shopworn visions, its madness is a balm and a beacon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sometimes it doesn't take much to revitalize a dead intellectual property. Sometimes all it takes is a movie in which "Hasta la vista, baby" isn't the extent of the characters' Spanish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) [I]n its most rewardingly complicated moments, this absorbing, incomplete documentary reminds us that there is nothing definitive about what we think we know.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's hard not to appreciate the sheer derangement of the plot that Ingrith has concocted, which is so cruel and so elaborate... as to make even the original Maleficent's machinations in "Sleeping Beauty" look tame by comparison.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) No matter how many (presumably non-computer-generated) tears Smith sheds, he and Lee never transform this baby hit man into a plausible science-fiction conceit, let alone invest him with a soul.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) A really fascinating movie that is perplexing and sometimes irritating and uneven to watch, but I really like how it came together in the end. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) "Memory: The Origins of 'Alien,'" a well-mounted peek behind the scenes of Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction masterpiece, is more interested in what you can see, as well as what you cannot unsee.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Unfortunately, it's an anticlimactic conclusion at best, full of tacked-on thriller shenanigans that, once they've petered out, make you wonder exactly why this story drew the filmmakers' attention to begin with.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) This works very well as both a primer on the tumultuous last several years of Brazilian politics and also as a very passionate personal essay film. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) A very tense, engrossing, and well-acted movie. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese and Dylan are being incredibly playful here... It feeds into the idea of how myths are made. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) This is a very strange movie... They've taken one of the coolest, suavest characters in movie history and cast him in this multigenerational "grumpy old dad" sitcom. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) The effect of watching this movie is very emotional and sensual. It's overwhelming on both those levels.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) I found this weirdly diverting... It's a counterintuitive fit for this character, and I kind of liked that about it. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
82% Fast Color (2019) A terrific movie that juggles several different genres with enormous skill and economy. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) It's a joyous piece of filmmaking, a demented, multitasking little scherzo from a director who cranks out four new features a year on average and who never seems more relaxed than when he's in an absolute frenzy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger may not be Judy Garland, but she reminds us that technical perfection is no match for emotional truth.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) I think this is a very well-staged and often suspenseful movie that -- like a lot of dramatic reenactments of terrorist acts -- I don't think justifies its existence in the end. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Like some of the feature-length spinoffs of old "Saturday Night Live" sketches that proliferated in the '90s, it feels like a padded version of a bit that was a lot sharper in five-minute increments.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) It offers a blunt, ruthless evisceration - which is to say, a clear-eyed assessment - of the brilliant legal mind who helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair and made his reputation as Joseph McCarthy's attack dog.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
94% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) There's a lot of poetry and soul to it. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) [The guests] don't come off really well... You couldn't help but laugh. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
96% Knives Out (2019) Johnson hasn't just churned out a wink-wink spoof of the classical drawing-room mystery... with its ingenious twists and turns, he has crafted an intricate puzzle-box narrative worthy of the genre's brainiest practitioners.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) [I]f "Jojo Rabbit" has anything to teach us, it's that sniffles can be an even greater divider.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Lopez gives her most electrifying screen performance since "Out of Sight," slipping the movie into her nonexistent pocket from the moment she strides out onto a neon-lighted stage in a rhinestone bodysuit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) [A] gripping, despairing exposé of institutional injustice.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
81% Just Mercy (2019) "Just Mercy" is a handsome, impeccably mounted tribute to his activism and also his fellow advocates.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
87% Waves (2019) "Waves" is an even deeper plunge into the same pool, but for all its darkness, it's also a work of great tenderness, with a bracing openness to complex new frontiers of human experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) "American Skin" is a jagged symphony of false notes, each one struck with a sledgehammer.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
63% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) Effortlessly absorbing procedural cinema: With its proliferation of intercepted documents and carefully scrutinized handwriting samples, it opens an engrossing window on the top-secret workings of 19th century French intelligence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) "Joker" is a dark, brooding and psychologically plausible origin story, a vision of cartoon sociopathy made flesh.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Somber, stirring, ridiculous and just shy of sublime.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
90% Give Me Liberty (2019) "Give Me Liberty" is a full-blown farce on wheels, a master class in controlled, escalating chaos.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
82% This is not Berlin (2019) "This Is Not Berlin" is both a sensitive coming-of-age story and a vibrant, affectionate ode to Mexico City's burgeoning counterculture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) [A] peculiarly potent story about life's unexpected little ruptures - those odd coincidences, repetitions and shifts in perspective that can set off aftershocks in the human heart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) [A] nervy and imaginative piece of filmmaking that, on a scene-by-scene basis, has trouble living up to its obvious ambition.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The title more or less gives away the entire plot, which just goes to show that unpredictability can be overrated. Even a formulaic crowd-pleaser can be hard to resist if the formula is this well executed.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019