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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: Glorious Aretha Franklin concert documentary finally emerges by Justin Chang

There was no one like Aretha Franklin, and this knockout chronicle of the recording sessions for "Amazing Grace" captures her powers at their peak.

SOURCE: The San Diego Union-Tribune at 04:24PM
Monday, January 9, 2017

With a 'La La Land' sweep, Hollywood once more falls in love - with itself by Justin Chang

We were warned not to miss a moment of Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes opening number, which some had accurately predicted would be an extended tribute to “La La Land.” And why not? Dami…

SOURCE: The San Diego Union-Tribune at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ by Justin Chang

If the first "Star Wars" (1977) hadn’t already been rebranded “A New Hope,” that optimistic title might have applied just as well to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” by any measure …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:52AM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Broadway Review: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s ‘China Doll’ by Justin Chang

Come back, come back, wherever you are, David Mamet. All is forgiven (even “Race”) if you will just quit jerking us around on non-plays like “China Doll” and get a gr…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:07AM
Monday, September 21, 2015

Toronto Film Review: "The Family Fang" starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Maryann Plunkett & Christopher Walken by Justin Chang

A sharply drawn portrait of a dysfunctional artistic family that effectively speaks to the troubled legacy all parents (Plunkett & Walken) bequeath to their children (Kidman & Bateman). Bea…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:48AM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Variety Critics on Films They Can’t Miss at Cannes by Justin Chang

Variety critics talk the can’t-miss pics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — and attempt to do so in 140 characters or less. (Click image for large preview.)

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014

West End Review: ‘I Can’t Sing’ by Justin Chang

This sloppy, boisterous "X Factor" spoof is a splashy, flashy tonal mess that just about succeeds.

SOURCE: Variety at 05:05PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

West End Review: ‘Fatal Attraction’ by Justin Chang

James Dearden turns his own 1987 screenplay into a dreary, clunky stage drama laboriously helmed by Trevor Nunn.

SOURCE: Variety at 09:25PM
Monday, March 24, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Mothers and Sons’ by Justin Chang

Frederick Weller and the ever-astonishing Tyne Daly bring considerable humanity to Terrence McNally's diffuse and disjointed new play.

SOURCE: Variety at 08:30PM
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Les Miserables’ by Justin Chang

This reverential revival of the long-runner Broadway hit is a solid piece of theatrical architecture.

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Friday, March 7, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘All the Way’ by Justin Chang

Bryan Cranston owns the role of LBJ in this beautifully built dramatic piece.

SOURCE: Variety at 07:47AM
Friday, January 10, 2014

Film Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Justin Chang

Bruce Ramsay directs and stars in a modestly inventive but curiously bloodless version of the Bard's timeless tragedy.

SOURCE: Variety at 12:51PM
Monday, December 2, 2013

Why Disney’s Marketing Campaign Doesn’t Do ‘Frozen’ Justice by Justin Chang

"Frozen," a musical about two princesses? You wouldn't know it from the Mouse House's advertising strategy, aimed at concealing everything remarkable about Disney's splendid new animated fea…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:27PM
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Film Review: ‘Broadway Idiot’ by Justin Chang

Doug Hamilton's engaging backstage doc offers a straightforward account of "American Idiot's" journey to the Great White Way.

SOURCE: Variety at 11:50AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Legit Review: ‘I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers’ by Justin Chang

Wouldn’t we all kill to be invited to a dinner party at Sue Mengers’? But, as Bette Midler puts it so plainly to the auds at her solo show, “Of course I would ask you to st…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:56PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards