Justin Chang

The Consequences Of Climate Change

2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.<br>Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy …

Climate Change

The Frame: Brian Tyree Henry's road to and from 'Atlanta'

<i>Brian Tyree Henry plays Alfred Miles, aka the rapper Paper Boi, on the FX series, "Atlanta."<br>; Credit: Guy D'Alema/FX</i>KPCCToday on our show:Read the …

California

'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'BlacKkKlansman' shine a spotlight on the underrepresented

Film critic Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) and reporters Jen Yamato (@JenYamato) and Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) discuss the movies “Crazy Rich Asians” and “ BlacKkKlansman ” with host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus). They discuss the importance of the films in their respective communities and the film world at …

BlacKkKlansman

Satire, Soap Opera, Duty, Devotion: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is A Movie Milestone

The romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel has been saddled with cultural and commercial expectations. Critic Justin Chang was happy to find the film doesn't collapse under the weight.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. The romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" has generated a …

Justin Chang

'Gavagai' and other movie picks for Aug. 10

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>Ant-Man and the Wasp</b> A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low …

Fred Rogers

David Sedaris Revisits His Diaries

Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well …

BlacKkKlansman

'BlacKkKlansman' Is A Blisteringly Funny, Urgent Story Of Race And Identity

In 1979, a black police officer named Ron Stallworth successfully infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Director Spike Lee presents his story with humor and honesty in <i>BlacKkKlansman</i>.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. Spike Lee's film "BlacKkKlansman" tells the story of …

Los Angeles

First Reviews Say Crazy Rich Asians Is a Fun Hit That Brings Asian-American Identity to Life

Both a cultural experience and romantic comedy, <i>Crazy Rich Asian</i> is an elegant, charming film that improves upon the source material and boasts a …

Social Justice

Critic's Choice: 'The Rider' is a moving portrait of Lakota cowboy life

Chloé Zhao’s deeply moving film “The Rider” follows the long, difficult physical recovery of Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), a young Lakota cowboy from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who suffers a severe, likely career-ending head injury after falling off his horse. Jandreau gives a …

South Dakota

Critic roundtable: FilmWeek weighs in on lack of diversity in film journalism

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the larger conversation about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, much of the focus has been on those on opposite …

Los Angeles

'Puzzle' and other movie picks for July 27

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>Ant-Man and the Wasp</b> A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low …

Fred Rogers

Tom Cruise Keeps Gaining Momentum In 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout'

Cruise shows no sign of slowing down as he takes on the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt once again. Critic Justin Chang says the new <i>Mission: Impossible</i> is full of "exhilarating, large-scale action."<p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. Tom Cruise takes on the role of secret agent Ethan …

Tom Cruise

Critic's Choice: 'Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers' series gives Alice Guy-Blaché her due

The French-born director Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) is widely considered the world’s first female filmmaker, which makes it all the more regrettable that her enormous output — more than 1,000 films that she wrote, produced or directed over the course of her career — remains so little known.<p>The …

Video Editing

'Why We Sleep' - Fresh Air

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory and the immune system — as well as with …

Sleep

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' 'Eighth Grade' and other movie picks for July 20

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>Ant-Man and the Wasp</b> A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low …

Fred Rogers

'Custody' and other movie picks for July 13

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>Ant-Man and the Wasp</b> A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low …

Fred Rogers

Critic's Choice: Andrew Haigh's 'Lean on Pete' is a piercingly sad coming-of-age tale

With his earlier films “Weekend” (2011) and “45 Years” (2015), the British writer-director Andrew Haigh established himself as a storyteller of rare and unerring emotional honesty. The beautifully observed coming-of-age drama “Lean on Pete” (now available on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Video and iTunes) …

Horses

Indie Focus: Transformations in 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Whitney'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.<p>For our podcast “The Reel,” Tre’vell Anderson, Justin Chang and Jen Yamato joined me to talk about diversity and inclusion in the media itself. It’s a larger cultural conversation that has …

Ant-Man and the Wasp

FilmWeek: ‘Ant Man and the Wasp,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘The First Purge’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Justin Chang, Christy Lemire, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

FilmWeek: ‘Ant Man and the Wasp,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘The First Purge’ and what's next for Disney's Pixar

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Justin Chang, Christy Lemire, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases. The crew also says …

Ant-Man and the Wasp

'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and other movie picks for July 6

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>Ant-Man and the Wasp</b> A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low …

Ant-Man and the Wasp

'Leave No Trace,' 'Three Identical Strangers,' 'The Cakemaker' and other movie picks for June 29

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>American Animals</b> This based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids looking for kicks and meaning in their lives plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films. (Kenneth Turan) R<p><b>The</b> …

Fred Rogers

The work of the great film critic Jim Ridley endures in 'People Only Die of Love in Movies'

“In my dreams, heaven is a movie theater.” So begins a review of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “After Life” by the late Jim Ridley, who spent more than a quarter-century as a writer, editor and film critic at the Nashville Scene. That superb piece and many others are included in “People Only Die of Love in …

Paramount Pictures

'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado' Is A Swaggering Sequel That's Short On Precision

The war on drugs has gone from bad to worse in this follow-up to the 2015 film. Justin Chang says that though its "bigger and brasher" than the original, the story in this sequel doesn't fully engage.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. The 2015 action thriller "Sicario," starring Emily …

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

'Hearts Beat Loud' and other movie picks for June 22

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>American Animals</b> This based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids looking for kicks and meaning in their lives plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films. (Kenneth Turan) R<p><b>First</b> …

Fred Rogers

'Paul, Apostle of Christ' is an intelligent, stirring biblical drama

Too restrained, perhaps, to have made more of an impression in theaters, Andrew Hyatt’s “Paul, Apostle of Christ” is easily the class act of the year’s Christian-themed dramas so far. Now available for streaming on Amazon Video and iTunes (and due to be released June 19 on DVD and Blu-ray), it’s a …

Justin Chang

'Incredibles 2' and other movie picks for June 15

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>American Animals</b> This based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids looking for kicks and meaning in their lives plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films. (Kenneth Turan) R<p><b>First</b> …

Fred Rogers

FilmWeek: ‘Hereditary,’ ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ and a discussion about 'The Graduate'

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Justin Chang and Christy Lemire review this weekend’s new movie releases. We also recap last week's screening of …

California

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?,' 'Hearts Beat Loud,' 'Hereditary' and other movie picks, June 8

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.</i><p><b>American Animals</b> This based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids looking for kicks and meaning in their lives plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films. (Kenneth Turan) R<p><b>First</b> …

Fred Rogers

A Family Moves From Tragedy To Terror In 'Hereditary'

A new film offers a searing portrait of a family wracked by grief — and by mysterious forces. Reviewer Justin Chang says <i>Hereditary</i> is the most emotionally devastating horror movie he's seen in ages.<p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. The supernatural horror thriller "Hereditary" scared …

Horror