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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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