Justin Chang Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A witty, fastidiously imagined adventure and a touching, sometimes troubling ode to the power of friendship. But it also demonstrates some of the problems that can befall a movie when its vast ambition and confidence outstrip its finesse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
93% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) As the Coens remind us, with their usual impish wit and impeccable craft, there's still a lot of pleasure to be mined from those conventions. But there are lessons to be learned, too.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
53% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It offers up dazzling feats of sorcery and realms of wonderment and manages to conjure the very opposite of magic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) By any title, the movie is an expertly crafted slog and a disappointingly bland return for everyone's favorite Scandinavian pansexual goth-vigilante cyber-sleuth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
80% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) The Other Side of the Wind increasingly comes to resemble a shattered cinematic hall of mirrors.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
85% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" is a sobering, justly infuriating movie, but its own convenient elisions keep catharsis at bay.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [A] sprawling, jumbled and disappointingly airbrushed new movie about the legendary rock band and especially its incandescent frontman, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) A knotty detective yarn, a funny valentine to Singapore and one of the year's most ardent expressions of movie love, it tells a story of cinematic theft, and in the process, becomes an entrancing feat of cinematic reclamation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) A warm and prickly humanist triumph that features no movie stars, disperses its attention across a large ensemble and feels meticulously handcrafted in every respect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) A warm and prickly humanist triumph that features no movie stars, disperses its attention across a large ensemble and feels meticulously handcrafted in every respect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
62% Suspiria (2018) There is meaning in this mutilation and, if you don't regard the classics as sacrosanct, a grim, brooding sort of pleasure.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
76% Mid90s (2018) It longs to be received as an impeccable found artifact of its chosen decade, but also as a sly, knowing synthesis of its many obvious influences.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% Thunder Road (2018) Remarkably, Cummings manages to piece these oddball vignettes into a vivid drama with its own unpredictable, startlingly lovely shape.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
93% Wildlife (2018) If the drama feels somewhat studied - though it would be more accurate to say that it simply feels thought through - it is never airless or constricted. The story maintains a steady emotional pulse alongside its meticulous accrual of details...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Scary and propulsive, it doesn't just forge a direct link to Carpenter's original; it pretends all the garbage in between never even existed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) A deft and intelligent minor-key variation on a superb 2014 Israeli film of the same title.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The standout is Erivo, who will next be seen in Steve McQueen's thriller "Widows" and whose performance here is revelatory in the most rewarding sense.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) Cosmatos' metal-to-the-max revenge thriller is more than just the sum of its deranged set pieces, choice as they are: Its slow-drip blend of hardcore pulp and demonic fantasy has a patience and all-consuming conviction that simply cannot be faked.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
95% Private Life (2018) Even as Jenkins brings out the angst, her inner comic strategist remains hard at work, building sly jokes into the edge of the frame; she has a talent for rendering comedy and tragedy virtually indistinguishable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
29% Venom (2018) "Venom" feels like pretty weak poison.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
29% Night School (2018) For all her improvisational skill and that of her top-billed costar, the much-vaunted Hart-and-Haddish pairing never pays dividends. It feels more like Half-and-Half.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Monsters and Men (2018) A politically astute, emotionally layered examination of a violent death and its lingering psychic residue.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) Greene has made a hard movie to argue with, even as he invites you to do exactly that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Audiard plays to his past strengths as a poet of wounded masculinity; in its most touching moments, "The Sisters Brothers" is like a hangout movie on horseback.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
86% Colette (2018) A witty, spirited portrait of the great French writer and libertine during the early Belle Époque years of her career.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) At his best, Roth plunders elements from countless other tales of supernatural spookery... and nudges them eerily close to genuine enchantment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
70% The Children Act (2018) It's always rewarding to watch Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) From time to time its mix of foul-mouthed bro camaraderie and in-your-face violence nods in the direction of modest entertainment value, but the net effect is a whiplash-inducing muddle.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Whatever its missteps, "First Man" represents a principled attempt to reconsider what heroism looks and sounds like, to think beyond the reductive rah-rah parameters that have led so many to confuse jingoism with art.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
85% High Life (2018) "High Life" can be brutal and breathtakingly perverse as only a Denis film can be. But perhaps even more disturbingly, that brutality is undergirded by real warmth and tenderness...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Are you in the mood for love yet? Jenkins' movie will put you there.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
55% Out of Blue (2018) Morley sustains a vibe of low-key Lynchian weirdness throughout, enough to keep your mind from wandering even as the investigation meanders this way and that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
85% Destroyer (2018) The grim relentlessness with which "Destroyer" seesaws between time frames - as if to make sure that no state of abjection, past or present, goes unexplored - wore me out long before the endlessly protracted finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% Widows (2018) Davis, who carries the picture in a way she has never quite done before, commands every scene with cold, ruthless efficiency; her gravity sells the story's preposterous premise to the characters as well as the audience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
97% In Fabric (2018) A movie of ravishing colors and textures that ultimately elevates style and sensuality into something genuinely meaningful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The detachment at work in "Beautiful Boy" suggests an attempt to speak clearly and truthfully, to resist the clichés of the addiction drama while acknowledging that those clichés can hardly be rewritten.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) It's remarkable... just how many fresh reserves of emotion Cooper teases out of a well-worn formula.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
85% Non-Fiction (2018) The frame holds steadier here; it's the churning dialogue - funny, seductive, always carving out fresh tributaries - that propels you forward.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
56% Outlaw King (2018) The movie is a juicy slab of cinematic red meat, a symphony of mud, blood and viscera set to a soundtrack of thundering hoofbeats and howls of vengeance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
27% The Nun (2018) "The Nun," shot in murky pools of darkness that often leave you squinting at the screen, is a dispiriting reminder that franchising evil inevitably dissipates its impact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
78% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) A feverish, obsessive act of cinematic rehabilitation, a shoot-'em-up conceived in tribute to a peculiar strain of blood-spattered B-movies from the 1960s and '70s.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) A slow-building shiver of a movie, "The Little Stranger" tells a familiar but pleasurably engrossing story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) There are lines in Bujalski's script that might have felt right at home with a laugh track, but he mostly directs his actors to toss them off in a casual, offhand way. He does the same with his politics...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
93% Searching (2018) This may be the first feature written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, a 27-year-old Bay Area native and former Google employee, but the intricacy of his visual design is matched by a talent for old-fashioned suspense filmmaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) An intelligent and compassionate grappling with some of the most painful issues presently haunting the body politic: toxic masculinity and domestic violence, economic depression and a deep, existential despair.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) A touching ode to the rewards and challenges of female friendship...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) One of the year's headiest, most dazzlingly assured moviegoing experiences.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
90% Gavagai (2018) If language can mislead, Tregenza knows that it is hardly the sole mechanism for human understanding. He has made a film that, in more than one sense, is moving beyond words.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This adaptation of Kevin Kwan's 2013 international bestseller is many things: a tour de force of lifestyle pornography, a slick, enjoyable divertissement, a surprisingly trenchant study of class and cultural difference.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) The Meg, stolidly directed by Jon Turteltaub, winds up proving a fairly obvious theory about its chosen sub-genre: the more massive the shark (and the budget), the lighter the scares and the lower the stakes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018